According to the PyeongChang 2018 Organizing Committee, out of almost 1.2 million tickets available for spectators, only around 30% have been sold so far. Even more concerning is the large variation between ticket sales of different sports. Popular sports such as short-track speed skating, figure skating and ice-hockey show excellent sales, but other events such as freestyle skiing and cross-country skiing, are struggling to attract spectators.
The organizers will be hoping that this will change with the start of offline sales in November. From the beginning of this month, offline tickets will be available from Seoul City Hall, Gangwon-do Provincial Office and Gangneung City Office,… But the important date will be Monday 6th November, when tickets for the events that have sold out their online allocations will become available offline.
As the offline sales begins, the design of the tickets is attracting much attention. There are 28 different commemorative ticket designs, each expressing the dynamics of the games through pictograms of each event.
But the tickets have another special feature:
"As part of the push to make this Olympics the most high-tech Games yet, electronic tickets are available as well as regular paper tickets. These tickets can also come as a QR code on spectators' smartphones."
"There are additional benefits for ticket buyers, such as free access to the Olympic Park in Gangneung and the Olympic Plaza. Also, tollgate fees for private car owners will be waived, and ticket holders will be able to make early bookings for the KTX train starting from December this year."
With the Olympic torch arriving in Korea on Wednesday, and the start of offline ticket sales, the countdown to the games is most certainly underway.
Won Jung-hwan, Arirang News. PyeongChang.