Olympic tickets on sale Friday 

No need to panic to sign up for events

Tickets for the 2010 Olympics go on sale tomorrow marking a major milestone in the countdown to the Games.

But there is no need to get up early or sleep by your computer keyboard as the tickets will not be assigned on a first come first served basis.

All the requests will be taken in by the 2010 Vancouver Organizing Committee from Oct. 3 until Nov. 7 and then the sorting will begin.

Events that are oversubscribed, like the men’s hockey final and some of the skating events, will have tickets allocated by a lottery system through Tickets.com.

So, with your coffee in hand, head to your computer and log into www.vancouver2010.com .

But don’t go straight to the tickets. Instead use the website to find out how much tickets cost for the events you wish attend and when they are. Figure out your budget and chat to your friends and family if you want to make it a group affair.

Then once you have your personal schedule organized head to the ticket-purchasing site on the web and start signing up. And don’t worry if you change your mind next week because you can go back into the website and alter your ticket requests.

But you must have your final choices organized by Nov. 7 for Phase 1 of ticket sales.

VANOC wants people to purchase the tickets on-line using their Visa credit card. No other credits cards will be accepted, as Visa is a Games sponsor.

If you don’t have access to a computer at home you can use the ones at the public library. You can get tickets by mail if you call 1-800-842-5387. A $10 courier charge will be levied for the service.

You cannot order tickets by phone until Phase 2 of sales begins in February 2009.

Ticket purchasers will be notified by Dec. 5 what tickets are being assigned. Seats will be assigned late in 2009.

Every ticket will come with a transportation component and will also have a ticketing administration fee. The amounts will vary depending on the price of the ticket.

The greatest ticket surcharge levied in Vancouver will be $18 and that includes access to public transportation all day and the administration fees.

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