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Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee President Chernyshenko Says Security Is Top Priority
Published June 26, 2013
HOT TICKET: Should the spectator pass not discourage some from attending the Sochi Games, the hefty ticket prices could do the trick, especially for int'l visitors. The Moscow News reported recently that "it could cost you up to $10,000 -- or even more depending on the kind of package you end up getting." However, despite this news, Chernyshenko said he is "extremely pleased with the results" of the ticket sales. The ticket sales for Sochi 2014 began on Feb. 7 via the Games' official website, www.sochi2014.com. Chernyshenko said, "In the first week since the start of ticket sales for the 2014 Games, the demand for them has exceeded expectations. For example, the website for ticketing during this period reported more than half a million unique visitors. In the first hours after the start of ticket sales, up to 7,000 applications were processed every minute." He added, "Ticket sales are already active all over the world, including the U.S., Great Britain and Germany." Tickets for Sochi 2014 are on sale in 89 countries, and so far 30% of ticket sales have been int'l. The most popular events of int'l buyers are hockey, speed skating, alpine skiing, biathlon and cross-country skiing. The distribution of seats at the venue sites began on June 1 for all tickets purchased during the period from Feb. 7-May 31. As of August, fans will be able to buy tickets with the respective places. Main ticket centers will open in Moscow and Sochi in the fall.