Interest in 2010 tickets high 

>Launch not without a few hiccups

Olympic organizers had well over 2 million hits on the website set up to handle tickets sales this week.

“It is going fantastic,” said Caley Denton, vice president of ticketing and consumer marketing for the 2010 Vancouver Organizing Committee.

“The interest has been high, the feedback on the site has been really good and we have been hearing a lot from people that it is simple and easy and they are not having any issues.

“We had over two million page-views over the course of Friday and the weekend so it has been going very well.”

Denton said VANOC was starting to look at data on actual ticket requests but no numbers would be available for a few more days.

Officials are also on the lookout for brokers and scalpers buying blocks of tickets. But so far, said Denton, there is no evidence of it.

“We monitor the site all the time… but we haven’t seen any big activity so it has been good,” he said.

“Canadians seemed to have listened and they are taking their time and they are looking through. We are seeing a lot of activity and they have built carts and they have stuff in there but they are waiting to submit.”

Tickets went on sale at midnight last Thursday and for the first few hours there was a problem, which blocked purchasers’ ability to choose alternate events.

It was fixed by around 3 a.m., said Denton, but not before about 200 people experienced problems.

Dorian Banks was one of those affected by the problem. He signed up for 2010 Olympic tickets within minutes of the Internet website going live. He had a plan — he wanted tickets to the ceremonies and of course hockey.

In all he planned to spend $24,364 on his 2010 Olympic experience with family and friends. But now the CEO of an Internet access company said he isn’t sure if he will get tickets or not, or what he might be charged for after there was a mix-up with his Internet requests through www.vancouver2010.com .

“I put in my request within five minutes of the site going live,” Banks said from Phoenix, where he is currently on business.

Just after midnight Saturday he got a confirmation e-mail addressed to someone else but containing almost a perfect copy of his ticket requests. Only the fact that the confirmation said he had requested accessible seating was incorrect.

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