Paris Olympics organizers say 6.8M tickets sold, defend prices

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Paris Olympics organizers said Tuesday they had sold 6.8 million of the 10 million tickets available, 14 months before the opening ceremony, dismissing criticism that the prices were too high.

Organizing committee president Tony Estanguet said ticket sales for the second stage, which ended last week, were better than expected, but some fans and players were unhappy with the high prices. rice field.
The most expensive tickets are the opening ceremony for him at €2,700, and the most expensive sports are the finals in athletics, swimming and basketball. The cheapest ticket was €24 and sold out quickly, so much to the frustration of many buyers that only 200,000 low-priced seats were still available to him in subsequent rounds.

Estanguet said keeping the high volume of tickets affordable was a key goal, with 5.3 percent of tickets priced at €400 a piece ensuring that 4 million seats could be purchased for under €50. Stated. “The desire of the French people and the people of the world is huge,” said Estanguet. “This is an important sales success. On the contrary, this is good news for Paris 2024.”

In his first two phases, a total of 5.2 million tickets were sold to the public, of which 1.6 million were sold to corporate partners and others.

A total of 1.89 million tickets were sold in 178 countries in the second stage of single ticket sales alone, with 4 million people registered for the draw. 58% of them he is under 100 euros. “Our goal was to sell 1.5 million tickets, and we were more successful than we expected,” Estangue said.
About 610,000 seats were sold for 24 euros, he added. More non-lottery tickets will go on sale this summer, and the resale platform is set to open in 2024.

“In terms of quantity and price, very affordable tickets are being sold and bought,” Estanguet said. More than 3.25 million tickets were sold in the first phase earlier this year, including multi-sport packages.
The organizers did not provide a detailed country breakdown, but indicated that France had the biggest sales in the second phase, followed by the UK, US, Germany and the Netherlands. Soccer was the biggest seller before basketball and handball. Tickets for the triathlon, sport climbing, BMX race, BMX freestyle and breaking were sold out in less than two hours, organizers said.

The budget for the Paris Olympics is estimated at €4.4 billion. Estangue said the organizer’s goal is still to generate €1.2 billion from ticket sales.

The Paris Games will be held from July 26th to August 26th. On 11th 2024, 37 venues will host 32 sports and 48 disciplines. The Paralympic Games will be held from August 28th to September 28th. 8, Ticket sales will begin in the fall of 2023.

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