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If you have read this blog for a while you know that I love the Olympics. I have been lucky enough to attend the Summer Games twice – Atlanta in 1996 and London in 2012, but have now set my sights on attending the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi. We are now just a year away from the Opening Ceremony, so it is time to shift from a theoretical trip to a real one. The first big step for me is securing tickets to the events.
As I wrote about back in December, if you filled out your “Expression of Interest” then you potentially had “first dibs” on your event tickets of choice. Today we found out what tickets we have the right to purchase early (I got ladies halfpipe and men’s speedskating so far). You have until Sunday February 10, 2013 at 8:00AM Eastern to purchase the tickets via the EOI results, so log into your CoSport account if you participated in the EOI to see your results and make any purchases.
If you didn’t get what you wanted so far, or you didn’t participate in the EOI at all then the public sale for Olympic tickets begins on Monday February 11th at 12PM Eastern. This is a “first come, first served” situation, so be online and ready when the sale starts. I didn’t purchase my tickets to the 2012 Summer Olympics until right before the event started, but it is better to go ahead and try to plan now.
I’m finding that ticket prices do seem much more palatable than some of the ones for the London 2012 Games. Of course, it varies greatly based on the event selected, but many tickets are at or below $100 each – with many in the $20 – $40 range for less popular events. Naturally things like the Opening Ceremony, ice skating, and some other very popular events can get more expensive, but I didn’t have a heart attack when looking at the prices, given that these are the Olympics.
I’ve never been to Russia, and think that going to the Olympics will not only be great because it is the Olympics, but it will be a good excuse to visit places on the way such as Istanbul and/or Russian cities like Moscow. I plan to hopefully make an award reservation and also watch revenue flights as some specials popped up as we got closer to the 2012 Olympic Games. I posted about the hotel situation here and don’t have too many new updates to add yet.
I also have to add that the 2014 Games may be interesting. This week (one year from the events) Sochi was 50-60 degrees and raining. Naturally it is a bit colder up on the mountains, but it was not at all the type of weather they hope for next year. Russia in the winter sounds very cold, but Sochi is about as warm as it gets for Russia, so this could be interesting. So, pack a sense of humor…just in case. I promise to post more about my planning process as we start to get into the window where we can book award tickets 11 months out.
Anyone else heading to Sochi next year?