It took mere minutes for Canadians to purchase more than 1,000 tickets to men’s gold medal hockey games at the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games on Saturday.
Demand was reportedly strong throughout the first part of the day, as Canadians submitted orders from every province and territory for Olympic tickets in record numbers, with more than 22,000 orders for 130,000 tickets processed in the first four hours.
Gold-medal hockey tickets to the men’s competition, along with Opening Ceremony tickets, speed skating and figure
skating were among the first tickets to be purchased that morning.
“Thanks to the incredible work by our partner tickets.com, our system performed as planned on the technical side. After 10 am today, our www.vancouver2010.com website experienced traffic of more than 1,300 hits per second and by noon had set a record for page views at more than 5 million” said Caley Denton, vice president, ticketing and consumer marketing of the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC).
VANOC continues to develop an authorized ticket resale program, for launch later this year, where ticket buyers will be able to offer their tickets for sale to other Games enthusiasts – who will be able to buy such tickets with confidence knowing they are legitimate.
VANOC will also launch a third, smaller phase of ticket sales this fall.
VANOC continued to caution those who missed out on tickets in Phase 2 to be wary of tickets offered for sale through unofficial channels. The only official sources for Canadians to purchase tickets to the 2010 Winter Games are www.vancouver2010.com and official 2010 Winter Games hospitality partners Jet Set Sports and CoSport.