Over 150,000 tickets to Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games up for sale June 6

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Canadians hoping to land dream tickets to an Olympic ice hockey showdown or the emotional spectacle of the Opening and Closing Ceremonies will have another opportunity to secure tickets starting at 10:00 am (Pacific Time) Saturday, June 6, 2009 when the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC) releases more than 150,000 tickets for sale to the public.

Tickets for every sporting event, as well as the Opening, Closing and nightly Victory Ceremonies at the 2010 Winter Games will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

“This is a major release of tickets before the 2010 Winter Games, and is the best remaining opportunity for Canadian Olympic fans to get their hands on tickets,” said Caley Denton, vice president, ticketing and consumer marketing for VANOC. “We want to make sure everyone’s ready on Saturday morning, so take a minute to register a ticketing account if you don’t already have one and have a look at the schedules ahead of time. Whether you’re an ice hockey or a biathlon fan, or love the drama and colour of the ceremoni es, tickets to every event will be available. We’ve worked hard to make as many tickets available as possible, and based on the enthusiasm shown b y Canadians we anticipate demand will be high.”

In addition to the more than 150,000 competition and Opening and Closing Ceremonies tickets, this marks the first time thousands of Victory Ceremony tickets will be available as single tickets for $22. Previously they could
only be purchased through the bundled Olympic Experience Packages available in the first round of sales. The nightly ceremonies at BC Place in downtown Vancouver will pay tribute to the medal-winning athletes as the International Olympic Committee recognizes the day’s accomplishments. Following the medal presentations, the athletes’ triumphs will be honoured with a celebration concert featuring renowned entertainers.

On June 6, ticket customers visiting www.vancouver2010.com will be directed to a virtual waiting room, where they will be randomly selected to enter the Vancouver 2010 ticketing website. Once signed into their account, customers will be able to purchase up to six separate events, with a limit of either four or eight tickets per event. If a customer wants to order more than the limit of six events, they will need to start a new transaction.

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