Rio Olympics 2016 – Starting on Tickets

Guest blogger for this post, I’ve been previously tagged as ‘The Villain’.  Putting in some effort to get us to the 2016 Rio Olympics.

We’ve been kicking around the idea of attending the 2016 Summer Games for quite some time.  We have no definite gameplan other than we want to see some track and field along with some other more obscure sports.  There is no doubt lining this all up could get a little Messi, but I’m here to pitch a couple of ideas. (soccer pun mania)

I do want to first establish before I write this series that I know very little about Brazil.  I did some research a few years back on how their soccer players get their single names as I wanted to shift my rec league bball name to “Danimal” and thought I needed some research to back up my argument.  I should know more as I played basketball with and lived next to a big Brazilian guy in college, but my only takeaway was that he loved Jordan clothes and threw his TP in the trash instead of the toilet.  That being said, if I get something wrong here please let me know.

We’ll start with an early overview of tickets and prices:

Starting in November 2014, you are able to input your email and info into the Olympic website (North American Site) to inquire about tickets.  While they pitch this as the first step to getting tickets, it is my understanding that the lottery for face value tickets actually runs through the individual ticket resellers for each region.  For the 2012 London Olympics, was the official lottery for North Americans and seems to be branding themselves similarly this go round.  They also have a check-in on their website that you can register to get updates.  They have not set a sale date for tickets but multiple blogs point to early 2015 as the target date.  For the London Olympics the face value lottery was run in March.

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The Rio Olympics site is playing up the idea that 3.8 million tickets will be under $30, allowing locals a better chance to attend the event.  Just this month they released Brazilian prices for the events.  You can see those here.  There is no info out yet on the definition of each ticket “category” but you can make your own simple assumptions as to where these seats will be located.  Here are a couple pricing highlights for me.

  • Most Expensive Sporting Event Ticket – 4 Way Tie – $450 – All highest category tickets
    • Athletics (Track & Field Final)
    • Men’s Basketball Final
    • Volleyball and Beach Volleyball Final (This took the place of Tennis in most expensive category for the London Olympics)
  • Notable Affordable Tickets –All lowest category ticket
    • Opening Ceremony – $76 (this may only be for locals…)
    • Table Tennis Prelims – $19
    • Marathon Swimming – $15
    • Men’s Football Semis – $38 (seems like a steal)
  • Other Notables for me
    • Men’s Golf Final – $70
    • Men’s Soccer Final – $342
    • Rhythmic Gymnastics Session – $84 (lowest category)
    • Mens’ Handball – $266 for Category A – A shout out to my Mens Team Handball Representative friend…you guys cost 3 times more than Women’s Rhythmic Gymnastics!!!
    • Table Tennis Final – $133

In comparison to the 2012 London games Rio tickets are much cheaper.  For instance the highest priced ticket for the Rio Track and Field Finals will be a maximum of around $450 compared to the $1255.07 London equivalent.  However, if you do not get tickets for face value via the authorized ticket seller for your region, expect to pay up.  For the London Olympics, tickets on the resale market were marked up an average of 73%.  Specifically for the Opening Ceremonies in London, the average resale ticket price for the median level seat ($1,470 face value) was $2,550.   There seems to be uncertainty of the percentage increase for this Olympics, no matter what, face value is the ideal move.

The challenge for us becomes aligning our tickets with dates for award nights.  With some ambiguity in how the award nights will shake out, coming up with a clear plan early is going to be essential.  We are thinking that building in some other South American countries on the front and back end of the trip will help us be flexible with dates and possibly get a better deal on reward flights in out and of South America.

More to come as Rio 2016 gets closer.

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