On February 7, with a year to go until the start of the XXII Winter Games in Sochi, tickets to the Olympic Games are going on sale. Persons residing in the territory of Russian Federation will be able to purchase tickets exclusively on the official website of the XXII Olympic Winter Games and XI Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi - www.sochi2014.com. Within Russia the only retailer of tickets to the XXII Olympic Winter Games in Sochi will be the Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee. In other countries people will only be able to obtain tickets fr om the Authorized Ticket Resellers (ATRs), appointed by their country's National Olympic Committees (NOCs). To gain access to the sporting events, all spectators will need to have with them their spectator pass, which, along with their ticket, will be a mandatory requirement to gain access to the venues.
The Sochi 2014 ticketing program will see tickets for the sporting events sold online on a first come first served basis. The ticketing program for the Sochi 2014 Games is unique as it is one of the largest in Olympic Winter Games history, thanks to the record number of sports disciplines and new events contained in the Olympic program for the Games.
How to purchase tickets
Up until May, 31, 2013, all tickets will only be sold by price category, without assigned seats. The least expensive tickets will cost 500 rubles (~$ 17), and the most expensive - 50,000 (~$ 1651) rubles, and delivery throughout Russia will be available.
Fr om June, 1, 2013, all tickets which have been sold by price category, without being tied to exact seats, will be automatically assigned a specific seat at the sports venues.
As of autumn 2013, tickets with assigned seats can be purchased at the Main Ticket Centers in Moscow and Sochi. At these centers it will also be possible to collect tickets purchased via the website.
Only those who purchase a ticket before May 31 and sel ect delivery can look forward to receiving a unique souvenir ticket of the Games in Sochi.
At Games Time (February 7 - February 23, 2014), remaining tickets will be available fr om the Sochi 2014 website www.sochi2014.com, the Main Ticket Centers and Ticket Box Offices directly at the sports venues that will open when the Games start.
A complete list of the Authorized Ticket Resellers appointed by each country's NOC, through which foreign nationals will be able to acquire tickets, will be published on the official site of the 2014 Games, www.sochi2014.com. Outside Russia each NOC/ ATR sets its own specific ticket sales procedure and timelines, which are approved by Sochi 2014, and in accordance with applicable local regulations.
In addition, starting in the autumn of 2013, overseas spectators from certain territories (if agreed by the NOC of that territory) will be able to purchase tickets on the official website of the 2014 Games, www.sochi2014.com. In order that as many spectators as possible are able to go to the Olympic competitions in 2014 and enjoy the atmosphere of the Games, the Organizing Committee has set lim its on the number of tickets to each event that can be purchased per person. For a number of the most popular events, such as ice hockey, figure skating and the Opening Ceremony of the Olympic Games, the lim it is 4 tickets per person, whilst for the rest of the events it is 8 tickets. The total number of tickets in a single order must not exceed 50.
Ticket prices for all the Olympic events, approved by the International Olympic Committee, on average correspond to ticket prices for the most popular Russian and international events, and are comparable to the ticket prices at previous Games. The ticket price is final and includes all taxes and Olympic transport in Sochi.
Ticket prices are the same for all spectators. There will be no discounts on tickets and no free tickets.
The lowest-priced ticket to sporting events in the Mountain Cluster will cost 500 rubles (~$ 17), and to sporting events in the Coastal Cluster – 1000 rubles (~$ 33). More than 40% of all tickets will cost under 3,000 rubles (~$ 99), more than half will cost less than 5,000 rubles (~$ 165), and 85% of all tickets will cost less than 9,000 rubles (~$ 297). It will be possible to buy a ticket to any sport for 1,500 rubles (~$ 50) or less. Ticket prices for the Ceremonies will start at 4,500 rubles (~$ 149). The most expensive ticket at the Games will be a category "A" ticket for the Opening Ceremony, costing 50,000 rubles (~$ 1651).
Payment methods and delivery options
In recognition of Visa's support for the Olympic Games for over 26 years, Visa cards will be the only cards accepted when paying for tickets to the Games. Visa accounts can be opened in practically any bank in the country. Moreover, there are plenty of innovative ways in which to get your Visa card these days - whether on the day you visit the bank, or over the Internet, from the comfort of your own home.
Sochi 2014 is keen to ensure as many Russian residents as possible have access to enjoy the Sochi 2014 Games. For this reason, the Organizing Committee has decided that only Visa cards issued in Russia will be accepted to purchase tickets on this site until May 31. Starting from autumn 2013, the Sochi 2014 site may accept other international Visa payment cards.
Tickets may also be paid for in cash if purchased in the autumn of 2013 at the Main ticket centers in Moscow and Sochi.
For the 2014 Games there are two ways to get your hands on your tickets: either by courier delivery, or by picking them up yourself in Moscow or Sochi. Delivery will take place throughout Russia from the autumn of 2013, and will cost 450 rubles (~$ 15).
To avoid having to stand in line, the Organizing Committee recommends that you choose delivery. Moreover, only by selecting courier delivery and completing your order on the official website by May 31 will spectators receive a special souvenir ticket featuring a unique design.
Spectators who do not choose the option "Delivery by courier" will be able to pick up their tickets in the autumn of 2013 in the Main ticket centers situated in Moscow and Sochi.
According to the Terms and conditions of the Sochi 2014 ticketing program, to gain entry to sporting events, Games ceremonies and the Olympic Park, a ticket holder will also need to be in possession of a spectator pass. The spectator pass will help to ensure the secure, hospitable and friendly atmosphere of the Games in Sochi. The state is responsible for ensuring the safe hosting of the Games, and it is its top priority. The spectator pass will allow all spectators at the Games to enjoy their visit to the sporting and cultural events in maximum comfort, whilst the pass itself will prove to be a wonderful souvenir.
After buying a ticket, every spectator is required to obtain a spectator pass. Once the Games have started, this will help minimize long queues at the entrance to the sports venues and save time.
The detailed information on the procedure to obtain a Spectator Pass will be available on www.sochi2014.com.
Fans should only buy tickets from Sochi 2014 authorized sources in order to avoid disappointment and potentially being refused entry to the venue. It is illegal to resell Olympic tickets.
On January 2 2013, the President of Russia, Vladimir Putin signed the Federal Law "On Amendments to Article 9 of the Federal Law On the Organization and Staging of the XXII Olympic Winter Games and XI Paralympic Winter Games of 2014 in Sochi, the Development of Sochi as an Alpine Climatic Resort and Amendments to Certain Legislative Acts of the Russian Federation" and the Code of Administrative Offences of the Russian Federation". The legislation, which came into force on January 15, 2013, means that ticket scalping is punishable by an administrative fine for citizens amounting to between five and ten times the cost of admission; for officials - between ten and twenty times the cost of admission; and for legal entities, from five hundred thousand to one million rubles, or administrative suspension of activity for up to ninety days.
Notes to the editor
Visa has been a Worldwide Olympic Partner of the Olympic Games for over 26 years. Up to 2020, Visa is going to maintain its status as a Worldwide Olympic Partner in the category "payment services", and as the only payment card with which to pay for products and services in the territory wh ere the Olympic Games are going to be staged, including at the Olympic Games of 2014 in Sochi. Visa adheres to the highest possible standards of security when developing its payment processes for Visa cards, ensuring speed, security and convenience when purchasing tickets to the Games in Sochi. You can find out more about the company's Olympic history and about how to open a Visa account at the following website: www.visa.com.
A General Partner for the Olympic Games in Sochi, Sberbank, is acting as the acquiring bank for the Sochi 2014 ticketing program, providing support for operations involving Visa cards. As part of the project's implementation, Sberbank successfully integrated a new Visa processing platform, which will help to provide a high level of security for payments made on the site www.sochi2014.com.
The Organizing Committee's Official Supplier in the "Hospitality" category is Jet Set Sports - the world's leading provider of hospitality packages at the Olympic Games. Hospitality packages fr om Jet Set Sports will include tickets and hotel accommodation, catering, services related to meeting guests and transfers. The company was founded in 1984. It is an Authorized Ticket Reseller of National Olympic Committees - in Australia, the USA, Bulgaria, Canada, Great Britain, Norway and Sweden. The quality of the services provided by Jet Set Sports has stood the test of time: the company has already supplied its services at no fewer than 15 Olympic Games.
The supplier of the Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee in the "Ticketing Services" category – CTS Eventim AG - is Europe's leading service provider for ticket sales, represented in Russia by the ticketing agent PARTER.RU. The company will provide a platform for ticket sales, including technological and operational solutions based on innovative ticketing programs, which will help the Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee to provide a transparent ticket distribution system at the Games. The company was founded in 1989 in Germany. Each year, Eventim sells more than 100 million tickets to events around the world.