VANOC reveals 2010 ticket designs

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The first four Olympic ticket designs – for the Opening Ceremony, ice hockey, cross-country skiing and curling – were unveiled today by the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC).

Steve Yzerman, executive director of Canada's 2010 men's hockey team, holds hockey ticket design samples for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games

More than a million tickets will be printed and used at the Games in eight months time; ticket buyers will receive them in late 2009 when they are delivered securely by Purolator Courier.

Olympic fans may still purchase Olympic tickets, including over one thousand highly sought after gold medal ice hockey tickets, organizers confirmed today. This Saturday, June 6 at 10:00 am (Pacific Time), VANOC will release more than 150,000 tickets for sale to the public at Tickets for every sporting event, as well as the Opening, Closing and nightly Victory Ceremonies will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

The tickets reflect the graphic identity of the Games, which will also be found at Games time in 2010 – on banners, venue signage and buildings – giving the entire host region a consistent feel.

To protect ticket buyers, a number of security features have been added to the souvenir-sized tickets, features that make the tickets similar to currency in their ability to foil counterfeiters. A bar code is the most obvious high-tech deterrent.

The tickets will prominently display Vancouver 2010 pictograms and sport illustrations, as well as the venues with the sport illustrations being an Olympic and Paralympic Games first.Additionally, the organizers have created new illustrations for ceremonies tickets. For the Opening Ceremony image for example, a dark-haired female torchbearer is seen approaching BC Place in downtown Vancouver.

The remaining ticket designs will be released in the coming months.

In the photo above, Steve Yzerman, executive director of Canada’s 2010 men’s hockey team, holds hockey ticket design samples for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games. The ticket design is among four released by Vancouver 2010.  Photo: CNW Group.

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