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My opinon is that if BOCOG did release last minute tickets for the Ceremonies it would create a stampeed to rival the greatest in History. It will not happen, too many lives would be at risk for the over enthusiatic to mame and kill those in front to secure the ticket

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My opinon is that if BOCOG did release last minute tickets for the Ceremonies it would create a stampeed to rival the greatest in History. It will not happen, too many lives would be at risk for the over enthusiatic to mame and kill those in front to secure the ticket

However, though, it seems it's the more educated young technocrats who are lining up and buying at the very posh outlets rather than the uneducated blue collar workers. So I doubt it will be as dangerous as Opening Day after Thanksgiving at the local Walmart's when the new Game Boy goes on sale.

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Baron - I am afraid that even sitting in the Bird's Nest at 8:08pm on the 08/08/08 you will still be surrounded locals chatting away. The Chinese do not understand the concept of personal space or quiet time. That is just the culture of the entire populace. BOCOG is trying to teach the Beijingers some manners - but I doubt it will catch on!

Yeah, but at least I have some legitimacy to tell 'em to shut up since I paid much buckaroos for my place and flew in from a far away land called OZ to grace their party. (I know from local Bay Area exprience how non-stop chatterers these children of Genghis Khan are.) So, having a ticket in hand gives me some moral authority. And of course, I could point out the noisiest one to the Guards as a FalunGon member and have her dragged away -- especially if it's a better seat than mine. B)

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Well no one in China can even get a ticket to these Games!!! What a difference to the Athens Ticketing Disaster, we now have the Beijing Ticketing Disaster. When will the IOC get it right?

Notice from the BOCOG Ticketing Center

Following the temporary suspension of the Phase 2 domestic tickets sales of the Beijing Olympic Games, the Beijing Organizing Committee for the Games of the XXIX Olympiad (BOCOG) has modified the ticketing policies for the second phase of the Beijing Olympic Games tickets sales.

The ticketing policy modifications aim to reflect a people-oriented policy and to adhere to principles of fairness, impartiality, and convenience to the public. BOCOG has taken into consideration technical verification and research by specialists as well as comments and suggestions from various parties in making the policy adjustments.

The Phase 2 ticketing policy changes are as follows:

1. Phase 2 of the Beijing Olympic Games ticket sales will institute a policy whereby BOCOG will use a one-time lottery drawing to determine ticket buyer eligibility.

2. Eligible ticket buyers may request tickets based on an adjusted ticket purchase limit.

3. Ticket applications will be accepted beginning December 10, and the ticket application submission period will end on December 30. There will be no priority given to applications received first.

4. The ticket purchase limit and the date of the lottery drawing will be announced at a later date.

5. Ticket buyers who registered on October 30, 2007 at BOCOG-designated Bank of China branches and through the BOCOG Ticketing Call Center with a valid ID will still have priority in purchasing tickets. The ticket purchase guidelines for these ticket buyers will be announced at a later date.

BOCOG Ticketing Center

November 5, 2007

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Well no one in China can even get a ticket to these Games!!! What a difference to the Athens Ticketing Disaster, we now have the Beijing Ticketing Disaster. When will the IOC get it right?

Your continuous bashing of everything that's not Sydney is getting annoying...

What happened to BOCOG would have happened to any other OCOG. Never before in the history of the Olympics have the national market for tickets being so wide! I don't know many systems in the world that could handle 8 million requests at once. BOCOG back-up plan is actually probably the fairest option giving every one the same chance to try to get a ticket.

You do have balls talking about Beijing ticketing disaster where we will indeed most likely see one of the highest attendance ever.

BTW, you seemed to forget that Sydney also had its own ticket disaster (although it was more a poor PR issue -as acknowledged in the Official Report- since at the end of the day, the Sydney Games took place in front of a full capacity crowd at almost every venue) when the Australian public realised a few months ahead of the Games that a large chunk of tickets were reserved for partners...

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To be fair, Sydney had an absolutely sh*thouse ticketing system too. How the golden glow of a successful Games wipes the mind of any pre event negativity ;)

The Chinese will sell all the tickets they need to either way - and unless you are a Chinese National the frustrations are non existent. We all now know that us foreigners got relatively sweet F.A. in the ticketing allocation. The average man on the street in Beijing will not give a sh*t about a second lottery. It's a much bigger deal for them than it was for Australia in 2000.

However Jeremie - considering a number of Sydney venues had larger capacities, I question whether or not 2008 will see attendence records broken. The only way I can see it happening is if the satellite city Football matches (which in most cases are held at larger venues than the Sydney inner-state tournament was) sell exceedingly well.

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I haven't been following the Beijing ticketing sagas (I had no plans on going anyway), but I was just wondering if beijing were using the cascading system of allocation in their orders and ballots? (ie, if you apply for an A class ticket for an event and miss out, you are automatically re-pseeded into the b-class and c-class an so on categories for another bite of the cehhery).

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In theory that is happening but who knows? I haven't heard about my ticket allocation yet - however through Cosport I could only chose A seats if I remember correctly... then agian maybe I could select B as well. Hmm, not sure. Either way it seems no-one got ceremony tickets.

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I haven't been following the Beijing ticketing sagas (I had no plans on going anyway), but I was just wondering if beijing were using the cascading system of allocation in their orders and ballots? (ie, if you apply for an A class ticket for an event and miss out, you are automatically re-pseeded into the b-class and c-class an so on categories for another bite of the cehhery).

I can confirm you that I received a lot of B and few C (I ordered only A category)

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I haven't been following the Beijing ticketing sagas (I had no plans on going anyway), but I was just wondering if beijing were using the cascading system of allocation in their orders and ballots? (ie, if you apply for an A class ticket for an event and miss out, you are automatically re-pseeded into the b-class and c-class an so on categories for another bite of the cehhery).

I can confirm you that I received a lot of B and few C (I ordered only A category)

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I can confirm you that I received a lot of B and few C (I ordered only A category)

Here's what I got :

Monday, August 18 AT08 Athletics one ticket B (69$) and one ticket C (34$)

Thursday, August 21 AT13 Athletics two tickets B (69$)

Friday, August 22 AT15 Athletics two tickets B (69$)

Saturday, August 23 AT16 Athletics two tickets B (69$)

Saturday, August 09 BD03 Badminton one ticket B (9$)

Monday, August 11 BD06 Badminton one ticket B (17$)

Tuesday, August 12 BD09 Badminton one ticket B (9$)

Tuesday, August 19 BB21 Baseball one ticket B (5$)

Friday, August 22 BB29 Baseball one ticket A (17$)

Friday, August 22 BB30 Baseball one ticket A (17$)

Sunday, August 10 BK04 Basketball one ticket B (17$)

Tuesday, August 12 BK10 Basketball one ticket C (9$)

Thursday, August 14 BK16 Basketball one ticket C (9$)

Saturday, August 16 BK22 Basketball one ticket C (9$)

Monday, August 18 BK28 Basketball one ticket B (17$)

Saturday, August 09 BV02 Beach Volleyball two tickets B (9$)

Wednesday, August 13 BV10 Beach Volleyball one ticket A (17$)

Friday, August 15 BV12 Beach Volleyball one ticket A (17$)

Friday, August 15 BV13 Beach Volleyball one ticket A (17$)

Sunday, August 17 BV16 Beach Volleyball one ticket A (34$) and one ticket B (17$)

Tuesday, August 19 BV20 Beach Volleyball one ticket B (26$)

Thursday, August 21 BV22 Beach Volleyball one ticket A (69$)

Saturday, August 09 BX01 Boxing one ticket B (5$)

Sunday, August 10 BX04 Boxing one ticket B (5$)

Wednesday, August 13 BX09 Boxing one ticket A (14$)

Friday, August 15 BX13 Boxing one ticket A (14$)

Wednesday, August 20 BX20 Boxing one ticket B (14$)

Saturday, August 23 BX23 Boxing one ticket B (34$)

Sunday, August 24 BX24 Boxing one ticket A (69$)

Thursday, August 14 CS04 Canoe/Kayak - Slalom two tickets a (17$)

Friday, August 22 CM01 Cycling - Mountain Bike one ticket A (5$)

Wednesday, August 20 DV11 Diving one ticket A (34$) and one ticket C (21$)

Saturday, August 23 DV15 Diving one ticket C (14$)

Saturday, August 09 GA01 Gymnastics - Artistic one ticket B (9$)

Sunday, August 10 GA04 Gymnastics - Artistic one ticket B (9$)

Sunday, August 10 GA05 Gymnastics - Artistic one ticket A (17$) and one ticket B (9$)

Sunday, August 10 GA06 Gymnastics - Artistic one ticket A (17$)

Sunday, August 10 GA07 Gymnastics - Artistic one ticket A (17$)

Wednesday, August 13 GA09 Gymnastics - Artistic one ticket B (26$)

Thursday, August 14 GA10 Gymnastics - Artistic one ticket B (26$)

Monday, August 18 GA13 Gymnastics - Artistic two tickets B (26$)

Tuesday, August 19 GA14 Gymnastics - Artistic one ticket A (51$)

Monday, August 11 SW04 Swimming one ticket B (51$)

Saturday, August 16 SW14 Swimming one ticket C (26$)

Thursday, August 21 SY04 Synchronised Swimming one ticket A (34$)

Monday, August 18 TT16 Table Tennis one ticket B (17$) and one ticket C (9$)

Monday, August 11 TE04 Tennis one ticket A (34$)

Tuesday, August 12 TE06 Tennis one ticket A (34$)

Monday, August 11 VO09 Volleyball - Indoor one ticket A (17$)

Thursday, August 14 VO18 Volleyball - Indoor one ticket A (17$)

Friday, August 15 VO21 Volleyball - Indoor one ticket B (14$)

Tuesday, August 19 VO31 Volleyball - Indoor one ticket C (14$)

Wednesday, August 20 VO33 Volleyball - Indoor one ticket B (17$)

Friday, August 22 VO37 Volleyball - Indoor one ticket C (17$)

Saturday, August 23 VO39 Volleyball - Indoor one ticket C (17$)

Sunday, August 24 VO41 Volleyball - Indoor one ticket C (34$)

Monday, August 11 WP03 Water Polo one ticket A (9$)

Wednesday, August 13 WP06 Water Polo one ticket A (9$)

Saturday, August 09 WL01 Weightlifting one ticket B (17$)

Tuesday, August 12 WL10 Weightlifting one ticket B (17$)

Wednesday, August 13 WL13 Weightlifting one ticket A (34$) one ticket B (17$)

Saturday, August 16 WL17 Weightlifting one ticket A (34$)

Saturday, August 16 WR08 Wrestling one ticket A (34$) one ticket B (17$)

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Here's what I got :

Monday, August 18 AT08 Athletics one ticket B (69$) and one ticket C (34$)

Thursday, August 21 AT13 Athletics two tickets B (69$)

Friday, August 22 AT15 Athletics two tickets B (69$)

Saturday, August 23 AT16 Athletics two tickets B (69$)

Saturday, August 09 BD03 Badminton one ticket B (9$)

Monday, August 11 BD06 Badminton one ticket B (17$)

Tuesday, August 12 BD09 Badminton one ticket B (9$)

Tuesday, August 19 BB21 Baseball one ticket B (5$)

Friday, August 22 BB29 Baseball one ticket A (17$)

Friday, August 22 BB30 Baseball one ticket A (17$)

Sunday, August 10 BK04 Basketball one ticket B (17$)

Tuesday, August 12 BK10 Basketball one ticket C (9$)

Thursday, August 14 BK16 Basketball one ticket C (9$)

Saturday, August 16 BK22 Basketball one ticket C (9$)

Monday, August 18 BK28 Basketball one ticket B (17$)

Saturday, August 09 BV02 Beach Volleyball two tickets B (9$)

Wednesday, August 13 BV10 Beach Volleyball one ticket A (17$)

Friday, August 15 BV12 Beach Volleyball one ticket A (17$)

Friday, August 15 BV13 Beach Volleyball one ticket A (17$)

Sunday, August 17 BV16 Beach Volleyball one ticket A (34$) and one ticket B (17$)

Tuesday, August 19 BV20 Beach Volleyball one ticket B (26$)

Thursday, August 21 BV22 Beach Volleyball one ticket A (69$)

Saturday, August 09 BX01 Boxing one ticket B (5$)

Sunday, August 10 BX04 Boxing one ticket B (5$)

Wednesday, August 13 BX09 Boxing one ticket A (14$)

Friday, August 15 BX13 Boxing one ticket A (14$)

Wednesday, August 20 BX20 Boxing one ticket B (14$)

Saturday, August 23 BX23 Boxing one ticket B (34$)

Sunday, August 24 BX24 Boxing one ticket A (69$)

Thursday, August 14 CS04 Canoe/Kayak - Slalom two tickets a (17$)

Friday, August 22 CM01 Cycling - Mountain Bike one ticket A (5$)

Wednesday, August 20 DV11 Diving one ticket A (34$) and one ticket C (21$)

Saturday, August 23 DV15 Diving one ticket C (14$)

Saturday, August 09 GA01 Gymnastics - Artistic one ticket B (9$)

Sunday, August 10 GA04 Gymnastics - Artistic one ticket B (9$)

Sunday, August 10 GA05 Gymnastics - Artistic one ticket A (17$) and one ticket B (9$)

Sunday, August 10 GA06 Gymnastics - Artistic one ticket A (17$)

Sunday, August 10 GA07 Gymnastics - Artistic one ticket A (17$)

Wednesday, August 13 GA09 Gymnastics - Artistic one ticket B (26$)

Thursday, August 14 GA10 Gymnastics - Artistic one ticket B (26$)

Monday, August 18 GA13 Gymnastics - Artistic two tickets B (26$)

Tuesday, August 19 GA14 Gymnastics - Artistic one ticket A (51$)

Monday, August 11 SW04 Swimming one ticket B (51$)

Saturday, August 16 SW14 Swimming one ticket C (26$)

Thursday, August 21 SY04 Synchronised Swimming one ticket A (34$)

Monday, August 18 TT16 Table Tennis one ticket B (17$) and one ticket C (9$)

Monday, August 11 TE04 Tennis one ticket A (34$)

Tuesday, August 12 TE06 Tennis one ticket A (34$)

Monday, August 11 VO09 Volleyball - Indoor one ticket A (17$)

Thursday, August 14 VO18 Volleyball - Indoor one ticket A (17$)

Friday, August 15 VO21 Volleyball - Indoor one ticket B (14$)

Tuesday, August 19 VO31 Volleyball - Indoor one ticket C (14$)

Wednesday, August 20 VO33 Volleyball - Indoor one ticket B (17$)

Friday, August 22 VO37 Volleyball - Indoor one ticket C (17$)

Saturday, August 23 VO39 Volleyball - Indoor one ticket C (17$)

Sunday, August 24 VO41 Volleyball - Indoor one ticket C (34$)

Monday, August 11 WP03 Water Polo one ticket A (9$)

Wednesday, August 13 WP06 Water Polo one ticket A (9$)

Saturday, August 09 WL01 Weightlifting one ticket B (17$)

Tuesday, August 12 WL10 Weightlifting one ticket B (17$)

Wednesday, August 13 WL13 Weightlifting one ticket A (34$) one ticket B (17$)

Saturday, August 16 WL17 Weightlifting one ticket A (34$)

Saturday, August 16 WR08 Wrestling one ticket A (34$) one ticket B (17$)

OMG, Alain!! :blink: No wonder the ticketing system crashed. And you almost did it alphabetically. Starting with Athletics in the early days and moving towards Volleyball and Wrestling in the end. :lol:

Even if you traded these, would u have the time and energy to attend all?

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:blink: For August 9 he has 5 seperate sports session (some that seem to be on the same time...) - um Alain - are you scalping or did you just have a lot of back ups??? At such cheap prices I guess it doesn't matter. Edited by thatsnotmypuppy
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I know that I have a lot of tickets that I will not be able to use. (I can not be at three places in the same time)

Lot of my extra tickets will serve to try to get me more swimming ticket. If I have to trade three Gymnastic Finals plus one Boxing Finals to get one Swimming Final (or any other combination), I will do it.

Lot of my extra tickets will be given to athlets I'm very very close with from the Beach Volleyball Tournament. (I'm volunteer since four years for the FIVB Swatch Tour held in Montreal. And I made a lot of friends among the players (men and women)). I have good contact with few divers since I'm also involved in the canadian stage of the World Cup in diving. Same for road cycling and also water-polo (at the FINA 2005)

From past olympic, giving some tickets to some athletes allowed me to get a lot of memorabilia from them. I got game worn jerseys, track suits, jackets, hats and lot of others official NOC stuff (from Brazil team, Germany team, Argentina team, Italian team, etc...). And off course also a lot of NOC pins.

Also, at the Canadian headquarters, I always found some parents of athletes who made the trip but try to find desesperatelly some tickets to be able to watch their son or daughter. It's sure that if I'm able to accomodate them, I will be very very happy to do it.

I'm not a scalper, I never sold a ticket. I know that I could make a lot of money with some of my tickets (specially the one for the 110m hurdles final), but that's not my goal.

Yes, it's possible that I eventually make some trades with some peoples here on this website. Why not ? if you have tickets I want and I have tickets you want.

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Sorry you might think I am bagging the Chinese, but I am not "Pro" Sydney. This ticketing program is terrible, I am just saying it as I see it. I think that these Games will be HUGE, the venues are brilliant when I did a tour at the one year to go, and that technically it will be a great games.

Will it have a heart?

Lets just wait and see

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Will it have a heart?

An artificial one from a totalitarian state. The venues will be full because after all the Chinese people are paying some $40 billion for this -- so they might as well enjoy it. Bread and circuses. It worked in ancient Rome; it should still work now.

Yes, I am being cycnical because I was denied a OC ticket. BOCOG should've realized that.

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Hi,

I just found this forum, so this is my first post. I thought I would report on the UK experience. For 2004, I applied for tickets directly through the official website and got my entire allocation (rather more than I was expecting!) - we also bought more tickets once we were in Athens. Surely that is the best way to do it.

For 2008, SportsWorld is the monopoly supplier in the UK. The situation seems similar to other countries. I applied for 12 events back in July, and towards the end of September they reported the current status of my application - four 'confirmed' (athletics, 2 x volleyball and taekwondo), seven still 'being applied for', and one 'sold out' (closing ceremony).

Since then the report has not changed but they have told me that the 'being applied for' tickets will be resolved one way or the other by the end of this month (November). We shall see.

Regards

Angus

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I really had luck:

Just before the agency of the German NOC started its first Sell, I applied for some tickets (Beachvolleball, Swimming, Diving, Athletics and two Opening Ceremonies Tickets) just before the catalogue was online. After a few weeks I got all my tickets confirmed and paid them immediatly. then, 2 weeks ago, I got the payment confirmed and was told that the tickets will be sent in June.

Its really bad to see that nearly all of you guys have such big problems in buying tickets. I dont know what they are doing at BOCOG, but I think its not the only problem they have.

If you try to contact someone from the Volunteer Department, they dont understand you and just have some phrases in their "chinglish". Volunteer Confirmations wont be out before March - May 2008 - ways to late to get a cheap flight. So this time, I will be a tourist "only" - unfortunatly.

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If you try to contact someone from the Volunteer Department, they dont understand you and just have some phrases in their "chinglish". Volunteer Confirmations wont be out before March - May 2008 - ways to late to get a cheap flight. So this time, I will be a tourist "only" - unfortunatly.

To be fair, BOCOG has always been very specific about Volunteer applicants needing to understand basic Chinese...

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An update for Australian Residents Live ticket sales commence on Monday 26th November in a first come first serve basis from CoSport

Although some events such as Swimming Australia was only allocated a total of 20 tickets per finals session (go figure!)

You can buy Opening Ceremony tickets with Accommodation from CoSport now, but it is AU$20,000 per person based on 2 people, based on 6 nights. Crazy Stuff!

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Just came across this site while reading up on Beijing 2008. I'm too waiting for CoSport to contact me regarding my ticket requests. They said they would let people know from July to September. It's pretty much the end of September. I'm also really late on booking flight and hotel. Have people booked a room yet? Any suggestions of where to go and look for one?

Thank you.

What we can do now is just waitting.The Volunteer Department offer many chances but it's hard to touch it.

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It looks like today is the day for us Aussie - a whole 6 days before the second live sales... sheesh. I am glad I only realy want to see football, rowing and diving...

Dear Valued Customer:

We would like to take this opportunity to provide you with an update regarding the Ticket Request you submitted to CoSport. On Monday, November 19th we will conduct the ballot and on Tuesday, November 20th we will email you the results of your tickets allocation. For events that are oversubscribed, the ballot will be observed by a major international accounting firm.

This email will also list the steps you will need to take in order to process your allocated tickets. You will have 72 hours to accept or decline any tickets that are confirmed even if your total allocation exceeds 40% of your request. This process represents a change from the original Terms and Conditions which stated that the system would automatically process your allocation if we were able to allocate 40% or more of your request. If you do not respond within five (5) business days, we will automatically charge you for the tickets you were allocated.

Please look for this email as you will have a limited period of 72 hours to accept or decline your allocation. Please include cosport@cosport.com in your email contact list (or safe sender list) to ensure timely delivery of the communications from CoSport.

We thank you for your continued patience.

Sincerely,

Sales Manager

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heh heh - well it's the 21st and there isn't any email in my inbox as yet... but as soon as I know you guys will know!

I asked for opening ceremony, some swimming, diving, hockey, tennis, canoe/kayak, baseball, basketball, gymnastics and rowing as well as football for Tianjin and equestrian in Honkers. I am expecting to definitely get the hockey, canoe/kayak, baseball, basketball and rowing as well as football in Tianjin. There is significant ticket availability after round 1 for the sessions I chose - so if I miss out on them I will be pissed!

It would be nice to score some swimming tickets - however the Aussie OC has put pressure on the ticket selling agent to supply athlete family members with first priority and we are sending about 35-40 swimmers - so nearly all those tickets will be gone.

Actually I half expect to get absolutely nothing and will have better luck with the open sale.

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