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  1. Other sources? For a couple recent Olympics somebody has appointed themselves a ticket guru on Twitter, made it a full time hobby to track ticket availability and tweet stuff out. This is especially helpful for people who live in EU countries and often can buy from many countries. I first heard of such people here on gamesbids. Somebody above mentioned reddit... I wouldn't be surprised if there was info there. Personally, I don't bother with other sources (out of laziness and a lack of internet hipness) ... I just check the cosport website almost every day. Takes about 15 seconds. Right before the games I might check out Ebay or Craigslist... but keep in mind there is a lot of ticket fraud out there. I'd only consider buying there under the absolute safest of terms. 

    For team sports, most of the time you buy a ticket for "Match G" and you won't know which of the teams is playing until long after you've bought your ticket. You can sometimes make reasonable assumption to narrow things down (US teams tend to be scheduled on times that are good for NBC) and if you buy the gold medal women's basketball match, you're probably going to see Team USA. The one exception is football - especially women's football. You should be safe waiting until the draws are announced and be able to get tickets through the official Japanese site for any Team USA matches. Keep in mind that many of the matches are outside of Tokyo... which could even be a benefit from a tourist standpoint. 


  2. I've often said going to the Olympics is unlike other trips. Usually, you plan out a trip, then decide if you want to go or not. With the Olympics, you decide "I want to go," then fill in whatever details you can get. Are you wiling to take that leap of faith. 

    One thing people might not realize is how much of the "Olympic Spirit" does not involve going to events. As much as I love going to events, they can be a real pain. Lots of logistical headaches, lots of security to deal with, lots of waiting around. Many times is better to watch an event as a bar or "live site" than at the event itself. And, yes, watching in a bar in the host city is different that watching at home. 

    Of course, you do want to go to some events. Of the events you list, Opening Ceremony tickets are very hard to come by. You might get them, but certainly don't count on it. Basketball prelims are usually available at some point, the gold medal match (mens) can be hard. 3x3 basketball tickets keep popping up, so I suspect that will be easier. Hockey is one of the easiest tickets to get. Football is the only sport where I can guarantee you'll be able to get tickets... though no guarantees on the gold medal match. Swimming and Women's gymnastics are some of the tougher tickets to get (and some of the sports that are much better on TV than in person). Beach Volleyball and Men's Handball are usually available. 

    As far as planning, the first thing I always focus on in whether to target the first week or the second. That way I can book tickets and travel plans independently. Think about which events you most want to try for, and then look at the schedule to see when they are held. 

    Lots of accommodations will have minimum stays, required deposits with no refunds. Always nice if you can book someplace that will be refundable, but don't count on it. As I said, you basically need to commit and just go for it. Mainstream hotels will either be completely book, or outrageously expensive. If you want to stay in one of those, either pay the $$$ or wait until the last month or so when they will inevitably free up rooms. The freeing of rooms happens every olympics, but I've never had the guts to wait. I always target non-traditional housing - hostels, dorms, airbnb, etc. Tokyo offers up another option in "businessman" hotels. Finally, there is always the operation of booking something out of town and commuting in. Tokyo has incredible train options for that. 

    Plane tickets is usually the easiest thing to book. Mainstream airlines open up about 330 days ahead of time. Unlike hotels, they don't jack prices sky-high. Just don't count on a deal. 

    Best of luck. 

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  3. Rant that only you guys will understand: I'm meeting up with some friends in Tokyo, one of whom is a first-timer. He read a news article that said there is huge demand for tickets in Japan, so we are DOOMED. We went thought the cosport offering and only got tickets for one event, so we are DOOMED. Cosport had a second round and it took three hours to get online and all tickets were sold out, so you guessed it, we are DOOMED. 

    I've tried to explain how the process has worked (though I have to caveat by saying this is how it has worked in the past and I can't promise it will be the same for 2020) and there is zero reason to panic. He's not buying it. Sheesh. 


  4. If cosport list two different days, I’d say it’s about a 30% chance of coming out the first date listed, 40% chance of coming out the second day and a 50% chance of coming out a completely different day. And no, that doesn’t seem to add up, but we are using cosport math here. 

     

    Just to repeat something I said earlier, this is the first ticketing round of many. And the first round is by far the hardest for getting tickets. Over the years I’ve been shut out in the initial round many times, but have always ended up with more than enough. 


  5. LinkParkFan - I so agree that these games would be better if Nintendo opened up their entire catalog of characters. Instead we get Amy Rose and Robotnik. Bummer. But I still enjoy them and will buy Tokyo 2020. One cool thing is the blink-and-you'll-miss-it switch to retro graphics at 0:32 in the first Sonic&Mario video above. What's really neat is that the livery switches to Tokyo 1964. I really hope they make that a whole mode and not just a quick visual gag. 


  6. Every games I say I’m only going to get a few tickets. And every games I fail. This time for sure!

    A buddy of mine is coming with his family. I’m tacked onto his order for some athletics and a sport climbing ticket. I won’t be filling an initial request myself  

    When I start seriously looking, karate will be at the top of my list. Maybe golf, maybe modern pentathlon. I have narrowed things down a bit by committing to the second week and ruling out any event in the Tokyo Bay Zone (other than that sport climbing ticket with my buddy) 

    Good luck everyone!


  7. 1 hour ago, Quaker2001 said:

    psst.. people are allowed to have opinions that differ from yours.  I agree that Venus/Serena are an excellent choice.  Doesn't mean there isn't a case to be made for other athletes, and not just Phelps.  i.e. Allyson Felix, speaking of athletes born and raised in LA. 

    Well, yeah. I'm all for other opinions. That's why I asked. So... what's the justification for Allyson Felix over the William's Sisters?

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