In-venue radios and headphones an Olympic first

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In an Olympic first, organizers of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games announced that it will sell  individual in-venue radios and headphones at venues where figure skating and curling competitions have no commentary, as well as ice sledge hockey matches.

Spectators will be able to purchase the sets and listen to the play-by-play of the host announcers in either English or French at Pacific Coliseum (figure skating), the Vancouver Olympic/Paralympic Centre (curling), and University of British Columbia Thunderbird Arena (ice sledge hockey).

Spectators will also be able to text in their questions and have them answered live “on air” by well-known guests and hosts from the figure skating world.

Vancouver Olympic/Paralympic Centre
Vancouver Olympic and Paralympic Centre.  Photo courtesy VANOC.

“We want all spectators at Canada’s Games to have an awesome experience at our competition venues – an experience that not only excites them about being at the Games but also creates new lifelong fans of the winter sports showcased here,” said Christy Nicolay, vice president of sport production and victory ceremonies for the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC). “This experience will start from the moment spectators enter a venue until they leave, several hours in all. What people can expect is a sport production experience on par with the largest sporting events in the world.”

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