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Al in NYC

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  1. The waiting game is now underway. Vigilant patience will be rewarded.
  2. Sold out. I got up to #8200 in line. Must wait now for the returns from other countries' allotments, and any leftover tickets from CoSport's pricey tours.
  3. Finally got into the queue by 2:14, after many many tries. Bad news is that I'm 13,000 people away. I do not have high hopes for what will be left by then.
  4. According to most recent email from CoSport live sale delayed until (at least) Tue. July 9 at 2 PM EDT. Tickets from previous request round will be available for purchase "next week".
  5. Got all the money in my account and was ready to buy my confirmed tickets today. When I ran into this notice on CoSport's website this afternoon: " Dear Customer, The purchase of confirmed tickets is being postponed while CoSport experiences a processing issue. Results of the ticket lottery remain intact and in your account, with confirmed tickets available for purchase at a later date, soon to be announced. Please check back for updates, including an Email announcing the extended purchase period. Thank you. Experience the Games with CoSport! " Yes, that's certainly some prime CoSport experience right there. Was anyone able to buy their tickets over the past couple of days? Did you run into any problems?
  6. I think there were a large number of sports for which CoSport released very few tickets or none at all from the US allocation. Keep in mind that CoSport is still working to sell their highly marked-up tours, which include a few "premium" tickets each. I expect the July 2 sale to be mostly tickets for these same sports that most people got yesterday, as the inventory will be made up largely (entirely?) of tickets that people didn't accept from this first round.
  7. Did better than I thought I'd do. Maybe the best I've ever done on a first round set of orders for an Olympics. Got Canoe Slalom final, Archery final, Volleyball semifinal, Handball quarterfinal & final, and the women's singles Tennis final (the ticket includes men's & women's bronze matches too). By contrast, for Rio I got a Badminton preliminary and flatwater Canoeing final on the first round. And for London I got nothing at all. For those of you who got little or nothing in this round, keep in mind that, by the time the games rolled around, my group ended up with more tickets than they could use for both of those Games.
  8. That is strange. I figured you were talking about some events where they may be setting aside spectator space but not charging for it, like say sailing. But, yeah, football and athletics tickets definitely aren't $0.00.
  9. It is confusing as hell. Typical CoSport. But what you need to do is go back to CoSport's site, and go to your ticket request. All of the prices for the events you requested will now be shown, both the individual ticket price and the total price for the number of tickets you requested. If you no longer want to order an event you can click "Remove" in the upper right hand corner. You will then need to click "Submit" at the bottom of the page to confirm your ticket request. You'll get a popup that says something stupid like "Your interest has been submitted". Then you're done. You will have to do this before 11:59 EDT on Saturday (6/22) for each of your requests. They say they will send you an email on June 24 confirming whatever tickets you got (if any). You will then have until June 27 to decide which tickets you actually wish to buy and to complete your purchase (Visa only please). Of course, this is CoSport, so you should take all of this with a grain of salt.
  10. Well, Rio should have been live, since it's only one hour later than New York, but the goofballs at NBC decided differently for some stupid reason. Congratulations to L.A.! I will look forward to going back there for the Olympics, 44 years after my family's great time at the '84 Games.
  11. Or, they could charge more and extort even more money. Which would be much more in line with their usual business philosophy.
  12. I'm so looking forward to going to the CoSport pickup when I get there on Wednesday. Maybe it'll match my fun experience in London, when I had to stage a sit-down strike to get the tennis tickets I had ordered and paid for. CoSport just makes you want to yell at people. Especially if their name is Larry, Scott, or Sead.
  13. I thought NBC's commentary was annoying and ignorant of Brazilian history and culture (and music), and also clearly ignorant of most of the Olympic sports, beyond basketball and a few U.S. stars from popular sports. Also, between them and the clueless director they seemed to COMPLETELY miss the point of much of the ceremony and its message of overcoming the historical and present divisions in Brazil, and the environmental damage we've all wrought, to come together to celebrate life, music, sports, and the fight against environmental destruction and warming. It's really like they barely prepared at all and thought that pretty pictures and chuckleheaded quips would carry them through. The ceremony mostly looked beautiful (especially given what they had to work with), and boldly conceived. It sure took full advantage of the nearly unequaled brilliance and variety of Brazil's musical heritage (when Matt, Merideth, and Hoda shut up long enough for us to hear it). But the incoherent way it was covered on U.S. television, complete with tape delay, copious commercial interruptions, and lots of hype (stay tuned for the "samba party") made it hard to view in context and fully appreciate. My dad got to see it on Canadian television in Detroit and said that their presentation (which was live) was both more informative and less distracting.
  14. Tennis draw was made yesterday. Djokovic's first round match will actually be a rematch of the London bronze medal match, as he will take on defending bronze medalist Juan Del Potro
  15. The parade of athletes is the whole point of the thing. The rest is mostly a made-for-tv show that has only the most tenuous relationship to the sports.
  16. I wish Cartan was still the US agent (as they were before Dizdarevic's finagling with the USOC). Cartan had some problems too, but at least they got the basics done reasonably well.
  17. Sadly typical. I know of one person whose tickets were "lost" who had to wait there over 8 hours to get this done. Just as in London, it seems like they are way behind in sorting the tickets they received. Perhaps as a consequence, I've also heard reports of people getting scattered seats, also like what happened in London.
  18. As I understand it, the category D tickets for Track are in the temporary stands that have been erected at either end of the stadium. Those seats are general admission. I believe the rest of the stadium will have assigned seats. There are apparently several other venues with unassigned general admission seating (as noted above). My Badminton, Table Tennis, Canoeing, and Equestrian tickets are all general admission. An interesting choice. This was also the case for most events at the '88 Seoul Olympics (where, believe it or not, the entire main stadium was general admission!). The explanation there was that local Korean spectators were just not used to the concept of assigned seats, and would be confused by it. So, is assigned seating just not a regular thing in Brazil? Or is this another sign of things that have gone undone as the organizers fell behind?
  19. Received some of my CoSport tickets via FedEx last week. The rest we will apparently have to pick up at their less than convenient office in Rio. Good thing my flight arrives early or I'd be screwed for the event that I'm supposed to have tickets for on the next morning. Hopefully I won't have to wait in line for 4 hours like I did in London.
  20. Love the "To Be Announced" contact information. Hopefully, it would be a total crapfest like their London pickup office was. I waited for nearly 4 hours for my tickets (some of which were missing, and most of which turned out not to be seated together), and that was far from the worst experience.
  21. The schedule for the men's Volleyball competition was released today. I think that completes the schedules for all of the team competitions except Rugby sevens (although there are still some final basketball qualification tournaments to complete).
  22. This has nothing to do with CoSport. I certainly know the difference between CoSport and the Rio 2016 official site. But thank you for that information about what it says on the help page. That 6 sessions per order, 120 tickets total per account limitation is a relatively recent change. I was going by what it says on page 12 of the Rio 2016 ticketing guide, which are the rules that were used for the original draw phase and the beginning of online sales to Brazilians. It says "You will be able to choose up to 20 sessions, with a limit of four or six tickets per session" and that there's a "limit of 20 sessions per account."
  23. Behind London and Beijing, but not all that bad for a poorer country in a deep recession. A lot of these tickets must be extremely expensive for most Brazilians. I do expect a significant late sale of a lot of the remaining tickets, even after the Games are underway, and to see very healthy crowds for most major sessions in Rio. They're almost certainly ahead of where Athens was. I remember going to the men's all-around Gymnastics final in Athens and, for an event that is always a sell-out at every Olympics (and is apparently is a sell-out in Rio), being shocked to see the upper deck of the arena completely empty and the lower deck 2/3 full. There are always empty seats at Olympic events, due to the seats reserved for officials, dignitaries, Olympic grand poobahs, etc., but that was ridiculous. And most sessions in Athens were similarly very far from sold out.
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