Ticket sales for the 2008 Beijing Olympics will begin next month, with random draws held for high-profile events, Games organizers said Thursday.
Chinese nationals and foreigners living in China can register to book tickets online on the official ticketing website, http://www.tickets.beijing2008.cn, which was officially launched Thursday, the Beijing Organizing Committee for the Olympic Games (BOCOG) said.
BOCOG released full details of ticket prices on the website and said sales would take place in three phases starting from next month.
Ticket Information and Pre-registration Mar 2007
Phase 1: Ticket application open to public Apr 2007 -- Jun 2007
Phase 1 ticket allocation, result notification, and payment processing Jul -- Sep 2007
Phase 2: Tickets on sale to public Oct -- Dec 2007
Phase 3: Tickets on sale to public Apr - Sep 2008
Tickets Delivery Jun 2008 (estimated)
How to Buy Tickets (Tickets are not yet available)
To ensure the fairest possible distribution of tickets, the organizer will start accepting ticket applications online and through the designated Bank of China ticket outlets throughout China in April 2007. Applications for any sessions that are over-subscribed will enter a random selection process.
Who Can Buy Tickets
Any natural person who has established domicile in the territory of People’s Republic of China (except Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, Macao Special Administrative Region and Taiwan Province) and possesses a valid ID is eligible to order Olympic tickets through this website and the designated Bank of China ticket outlets.
The most expensive tickets will be for the opening ceremony on the evening of August 8, 2008, which will cost 5,000 Yuan (646 dollars). The cheapest tickets for that event will be 200 Yuan, it said.
Tickets to competition events will range from 30 Yuan to 1,000 Yuan, with the men's basketball final the highest priced.
BOCOG said last year that more than seven million tickets would be available for sale, with at least half to go to local fans.
About 58 percent of all the tickets would cost 100 Yuan or less, in line with efforts to make the Olympics affordable to average Chinese citizens, it said.