For those of us on the south side of the border, the 2010 Winter Olympics have been a pipe dream because, with most of the hotels reserved for press and officials, etc., accommodations are nearly impossible to find. For Christmas, Jim surprised me with a week in Vancouver in the midst of the Winter Olympics. Yes, we are lucky enough to have a (reasonably priced – miracle) condo for an entire week during Winter Olympics 2010. Hooray! Amazing! Best husband ever!
Thinking that at this point tickets could only be found on the secondary market and assured by friends who went to Beijing that you could pick up Olympics tickets at a song day of from hawkers desperate to sell their wares, we have not been overly concerned about tickets. As the event draws closer, however, I started to do a little research. What I found left me fuming.
Tickets are still available to some events through the box office. Of course, there is a catch. You cannot purchase tickets through the box office unless you are CANADIAN. If you are not CANADIAN, you can buy tickets through the “Fan-toFan” website. What this means is instead of paying $50 at the box office, you can buy a similarly situated ticket through the Fan-screws-Fan website for $150 or more. The premium you pay for not being a legal resident of Canada.
Now, don’t misunderstand me. I think it’s only fair that Canadians should get first dibs on tickets. But the time for first dibs is long past. Tickets have been on sale, FOREVER. Surely, Canadians have had more than enough time to exercise their priority rights. Surely, it’s time to open up the arena to those friendly neighbors in the South. After all, if you allow us to buy your tickets we will also have to spend money in your hotels, dine in you restaurants and find lots of other fun ways to rack up your VAT earnings.
But wait, you think, weren’t there supposed to be some tickets available to Americans? Oh yes, those tickets were all given to Cosport, who places a fat premium on the tickets (for example you can currently buy Men’s preliminary hockey USA v. Switzerland tickets through the box office for $140 if you’re Canadian, but Cosport sells that same ticket for $235).
So what to do if you’re American and not loaded? (1) Kiss the Winter Olympics 2010 goodbye; (2) butter up a Canadian (fortunately, we have a few friends we will be turning to for help); (3) spend most of your life on Craig’s list looking for a deal; or (4) cross your fingers for day of event luck.
End of rant.