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IOC Members Impressed As VANOC Details Preparations For '10 Games
Published October 8, 2009
|Furlong Impresses IOC With
TICKET FEVER: Furlong said that the "appetite for tickets has been voracious" for the '10 Games. During the "last public offering of 150,000 tickets, VANOC's website experienced 1,500 hits every second for four hours -- making it the busiest website in the world during that period." Furlong said that a "further 150,000 tickets will be made available soon, mostly for preliminary-round hockey and curling contests." The GLOBE & MAIL's Gary Mason notes after VANOC's presentation yesterday, IOC members were "treated to a fashion show of Olympic gear designed by Mizuno that IOC members will be wearing in Vancouver" (GLOBE & MAIL, 10/8). Meanwhile, VANOC Exec VP & Deputy CEO Dave Cobb said that organizers "will decide in the next few weeks whether to allow resellers to make money if they use the official Vancouver 2010 resale site." Cobb: "We're concerned that if we don't allow people to post tickets at a price greater than face value, that they'll go somewhere else to do it and if they go somewhere else to do it, buyers will not know whether they're valid tickets or not." He said that there is a "balance between ensuring the official resale program is attractive and ensuring there are enough affordable tickets available to anyone who wants to come to the Games." Cobb: "We think we've done that because they've been sold at our pricing" (CP, 10/7).
IOC Member Expresses Concern Over
Level Of Security At '10 Vancouver Games
GOING AGAINST THE GRAIN: In Vancouver, Ivens & Inwood report Univ. of British Columbia ophthalmology professor Chris Shaw "launched a lawsuit in the B.C. Supreme Court yesterday that asks a judge to strike down parts of the city of Vancouver's controversial Olympics bylaw." The bylaw "forbids anyone from displaying a sign not deemed to be 'celebratory' of the Winter Olympic Games on a number of major Vancouver streets or six city sites" (Vancouver PROVINCE, 10/8).