The second phase of ticket sales for next year’s 2004 Olympic Games in Athens began this week and will continue through Feb. 29, with some 2.5 million tickets remaining to be sold – as 1.7 million were purchased in the first phase. Residents of the European Union and the European Economic Area are eligible in the second phase, with purchases possible at the 140 Alpha Bank branches around Greece, and, of course, via the www.athens2004.com/tickets website using a “Visa” credit card. For individuals that applied for tickets in the first phase (May 12 to June 12 2003), phase two began two weeks earlier on Sept. 15.
Tickets for a variety of sports competitions are available, although tickets for the Opening Ceremony have sold out. In a press release issued on the occasion of the second phase of ticket sales, ATHOC notes:
Sales of tickets in Phase Two are on a first-come, first-served basis. A confirmation of sale note is issued automatically provided the ticket selected is still available. Payment for tickets in Phase Two can be made in cash, by VISA card, or via an Alpha Bank account (for purchases made via the Alpha Bank branch network); and by VISA card, for purchases on the Internet. Customers should note that after confirmation of sale it will not be possible to cancel or return a ticket. There is no Order Form insert in the Guide to Phase II, as there was in the Guide to Phase I: this is because in Phase II no order form has to be filled out, the sale taking place instantly.
Tickets for the sailing events will be available from the start of Phase Two onwards. These allow the purchaser to follow the races from launches. They cost €90 each, for which the customer gets a seat on the launch, an unrivalled view of the races, and a slap-up meal during the competition period.
Ticket orders so far total 1,671,000, equivalent to a value of €120m. Of this, €40m represents ticket sales to the general public, and €80m ticket sales to ATHENS 2004 contractual partners.
Tickets are still available for most events – even for those that went into the random selection process in the first round, at a different price level. In detail:
Basketball: There are still tickets in the A price category (€300) for the Basketball Men’s Final on 28/08 (20:00-00:30), as well as for all the qualifying rounds. There are no more tickets for the Men’s Semi-Final on 27/08 (20:00-24:00).
Swimming: There are tickets for the Swimming for nearly all the morning qualifying rounds. But no tickets are available for any of the evening Finals from 14/08 to 21/08.
Weightlifting: Tickets are available for the Weightlifting for all competition periods except 21/08 (Group A, Men’s, 85 kg Category) and 23/08 (Group A, Men’s, 94 kg Category).
Beach Volleyball: Tickets are still available in the A price category (€90) for the Women’s Volleyball Final on 24/08.
Tennis: Tickets are still available in the B price category (€90) for the Tennis Finals on 21/08 (17:00-23:30). But there are no tickets for the Finals on 22/08 (17:00-23:30).
Ticketing seat assignment – the allocation of a specific seat for tickets bought – will be made in Spring 2004, once the construction of all competition venues is complete. Tickets will be available for collection in June 2004. Greek citizens will collect their tickets from branches of Alpha Bank. Residents in other countries will be sent their tickets by post to the address they have indicated.
Throughout Phase Two of sales the general public can obtain information about any aspect of ticketing:
By phoning the Ticketing Call Centre: 800 11 2004 2 (free for calls within Greece) or +30 210 373 0000 (caller charged for calls by mobile phone or from abroad);
By writing to the customer service centre: PO Box 3075, 102 10 Αthens, Greece
By sending an e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org
In referring to the second phase of ticketing, ATHOC Executive Director Marton Simitsek this week stressed that tickets are still available for all disciplines.
“Our targets are 66 percent achieved, with tickets being sold to the European Union and to Greeks,” he added.