Olympic tickets will go on sale Oct. 3, VANOC CEO John Furlong announced yesterday.
They’re going on sale one week earlier than expected to take advantage of the excitement generated by the Beijing Games.
“We’re expecting an enormous response to the ticketing program,” Furlong added.
An Olympic ticket-planning guide will be available in mid-September.
Meanwhile, VANOC is preparing to confront an unnamed national Olympic committee that has allegedly agreed to resell coveted tickets to scalpers — including for the men’s gold medal hockey game.
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“They've sold them to a company in Vancouver,” VANOC executive vice-president David Cobb said. “Someone at that company contacted us and asked whether they were legitimate, and we said ‘no.’”
Various Olympic committees have been set up around the world, receiving about one-third of all tickets, which they are not allowed to resell.
VANOC has retraced the Olympic committee accused of trying to resell tickets, but refused to name it yesterday.
“If they can't convince us the information we have is wrong, they won't be getting tickets,” Cobb said.