- Fans can register to receive all the latest information
- Rugby returns to Olympic Games after a 92-year absence
- Demand expected to be high for rugby sevens’ debut
Rugby fans around the world can now sign up to ensure they do not miss out on tickets for rugby sevens’ Olympic Games debut after the Rio 2016 organising committee announced details of its ticketing plans.
The announcement represents an exciting milestone for the global rugby community as anticipation builds ahead of the sport’s return to the world’s biggest sporting stage after an absence of 92 years.
With the global qualification process well underway and rugby sevens continuing to excite, engage and inspire new participants and audiences around the world, demand for tickets is expected to be high.
Residents of Brazil will be able to apply to buy tickets in two draws, first in March 2015 and then in July 2015. For non-residents of Brazil, each country will have an authorised ticket reseller (ATR) selected by its National Olympic Committee and Rio 2016. The list of ATRs will be available at www.rio2016.com/tickets in March 2015, and will be sent to those who register for alerts. For full details of the ticket sales process, visit www.rio2016.com/tickets (or for mobile access http://mobile.rio2016.com/en#/tickets).
World Rugby President Bernard Lapasset said: “The announcement is a very exciting and important milestone for rugby fans around the world– it marks the moment when they can begin to plan their Rio 2016 experience in earnest.
“Rugby sevens, with its winning blend of high-octane action, close competition and entertainment, is proving a hit with young audiences, broadcasters and commercial partners around the world. This is why we believe that Rio will love sevens and we look forward to hosting fans in an exceptional arena at the very heart of the Deodoro complex where fans will experience the dynamic athleticism of our rugby sevens Olympians in a unique festival atmosphere.”
Fans can now register at the Rio 2016 ticket web portal (http://ingressos.rio2016.com/rio2016.html?affiliate=OGS&language=en) to ensure that they receive the latest information about tickets, the competition schedule and alerts for the key dates in the purchase process.
Rio 2016 Ticketing Director Donovan Ferreti said: “Fans will experience this journey like an athlete, preparing and going through stages until the glory of arriving at the Games. With so many attractions, it is necessary to get organised early to ensure you don’t miss the best of the event.”
To ensure that all sections of Brazilian society will be able to attend the Games, more than half of the tickets (3.8 million) will be available for R$70 (about US$27) or less, and the cheapest tickets will be R$40 (about US$15). There will also be some half price tickets available to senior citizens, students and people with a disability, all of whom must have Brazilian residency. Price ranges (in Brazilian reals) for tickets to all sports and ceremonies are available via http://www.rio2016.com/en/get-involved/tickets.
You can find out more about rugby sevens and the Olympic Games by visiting http://www.worldrugby.org/olympics.