You’re going to the Olympics--rad! Time to get tickets. The only authorized Olympic ticket seller in the U.S. is CoSport.
Getting tickets for the Olympics isn’t as easy as buying White Stripes tickets through Ticketmaster. There’re some hoops to figure out and then jump through. First of all, tickets are divided into Type I and Type II events by the International Olympic Committee. Along with figure skating and downhill skiing, snowboarding events are all Type I. That means that they’re in the highest demand--not bad for the new sport on the block. In order to buy a Type I ticket, you must also buy a Type II ticket, which will gain you access to exciting events such as curling and cross-country skiing. The Olympic committee does this to keep the stands full and, we’re guessing, to make money.
Log on to Cosport.com and start searching for snowboard tickets. On the Web site, you can buy individual tickets for snowboarding (but you still have to buy the Type II ticket, also), or you can search the set groups of tickets, which might have the snowboard event you’re looking for, if the individual tickets are sold out.
For the snowboarding events, there are also A tickets ($151), which are bleachers at the bottom of the pipe; and B tickets ($59), which are along the side of the pipe. The snowboard venue accommodates approximately 11,700 spectators, and there’ll be a large video board so everyone can see what’s going on.
Tickets are also available for the opening and closing ceremony where you get your first and last look at our shred athletes. Some of us TWS editors had luck poaching the ceremony in SLC, but the plan of no plan isn’t a very good plan, especially after traveling all the way to Italy. Ceremony tickets start at 420 bucks and go on up to 1,260 dollars. Where is all this money going, anyway?-- Annie Fast
Tickets Sold Out?
Don’t freak out, you’ve still got options.
Torino: CoSport will have tickets available for sale in Torino at an as yet undisclosed location. E-mail CoSport at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out where you can buy tickets. CoSport reassured us that just because the Web site says that the Men’s Olympic Halfpipe is sold out, doesn’t mean the event is actually sold out, just its current inventory.
Ticket Brokers: Check Web sites for the ticket brokers who can get you prime tickets at an inflated rate. Use a broker who is affiliated with the National Association Of Ticket Brokers to make this transaction less sketchy.
Scalpers: Anyone who went to the Salt Lake Olympics knows that scalping is alive and well at the Olympics. Roll up to the event early with cash in hand, and see what you can find.