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2010 Oly Packages Selling Out

From the Associated Press:

VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- The rough economy has not hurt ticket sales for the 2010 Olympics.

With a little more than a week to go in the first phase of ticket sales, packages to the Winter Olympics are selling out.

Around 120 packages that contained tickets to the gold medal men's hockey game were gone two weeks after they went on sale, said Jean-Paul Modde, the president of CoSport, the official hospitality provider for the Vancouver Olympics.

In addition to the packages, CoSport manages the sale of individual tickets in several countries outside Canada and says demand remains high, even in the United States.
There, the most requests are coming from the Northwest and California.

Packages that include tickets to the opening ceremonies are also selling quickly.
Modde said sales have been brisker than expected, in spite of the economic uncertainty.

"This is not something that somebody wakes up on Friday morning and says, 'Oh you know what, let's buy an Olympic package today,"' Modde said.
"People have been planning this for a long time and they know that things are going to turn around."

The packages include other event tickets, accommodation and in some cases, transportation and meals.

Packages are different than the sale of individual tickets for the games because they are sold on a first-come, first-serve basis. They remain on sale until there are none left.
Individual tickets are purchased by filling out request forms that are being accepted until Nov. 7. If demand outstrips the number of tickets available, they'll be allocated by lottery.
Once the lottery phase finishes, people who submitted applications will be able to buy leftover tickets.

As venue arrangements are finalized, more tickets may be available so second and third phases of sales will be held next year and in 2010.

By Amy Shipley  |  October 30, 2008; 6:24 AM ET
Categories:  Vancouver 2010  
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