Tokyo Olympic ticket lottery opens in Japan, foreign sales June 15

first_imgCayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Tokyo organizers will open sales globally in the spring of 2020, meaning any remaining, unsold tickets can be purchased at the prices offered in Japan. In Rio de Janeiro, many tickets were unsold as the games neared, and some desirable tickets were put back into the pool after they were sold but never paid for.Ticket prices in Japan vary greatly.The opening ceremony on July 24 features the most expensive ticket — 300,000 yen ($2,680). The most expensive ticket for the closing ceremony is 220,000 yen ($1,965).The most expensive ticket for the men’s 100-meter final is 130,000 ($1,160), while the men’s basketball final goes for 108,000 yen ($970).Tokyo organizers say 50 percent of the tickets will sell for 8,000 yen ($70) or less, with the cheapest ticket costing 2,500 yen ($22).Organizers hope to generate about $800 million from ticket sales, a large source of revenue for the $5.6 billion privately funded operating budget. Overall, Japan will spend about $20 billion to prepare for the games, and about 70 percent is public money.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Buying for Japan residents is straightforward. Applications are accepted at the organizing committee’s website through May 28, with results announced on June 20. Anyone inside Japan — or outside Japan — can access the website. Although non-Japan residents cannot buy there, it offers event schedules, ticket prices in Japan, and venues.Organizers estimate 7.8 million tickets will be available, with 20-30 percent dedicated to sales outside Japan.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsThis is the first phase of sales in Japan, with other chances available as the games get closer.Buyers overseas will pay more because resellers — appointed by national Olympic committees — can tack on a 20% handling charge. FILE – In this April 18, 2019, file photo, Kosuke Kitajima, a four-time Olympic swimming gold medalist attends a press conference in Tokyo. Japan residents began Thursday, May 9, 2019, entering a lottery system, hoping to land tickets for next year’s Tokyo Olympics. (Yuta Omori/Kyodo News via AP)TOKYO — Residents of Japan began entering a ticket lottery on Thursday, hoping to land seats for next year’s Tokyo Olympics.People overseas will have to wait until June 15 when tickets are put on sale by special distributors in each country — known as Authorized Ticket Resellers.ADVERTISEMENT DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte LATEST STORIES In addition, many popular tickets are packaged by resellers with top hotels and other perks, and the markups can be much more than 20%. Many of these packages are aimed at corporate buyers, for whom price is not always a concern. The resellers also run the risk of getting stuck with tickets they can’t sell.Hidenori Suzuki, the senior director of tickets for the Tokyo Olympics, has said resellers could have their licenses revoked if they set “inappropriate ticket prices.”The reseller for the United States is CoSport, which also handles sales in Australia, Jordan and several European countries.Japan recently passed a law that bans selling tickets at above the original prices. Violators face fines of up to 1 million yen ($9,100), or a one-year jail term — or both.Buyers outside Japan might get some deals if they are patient. It happened in Brazil. And it happened at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics a year ago.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power gridcenter_img View comments MOST READ PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Hidilyn Diaz says all her focus is on representing Philippines amid inclusion in ouster matrix Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Philippine Arena Interchange inauguratedlast_img