Date: April 23, 2015
Author: Mark Hayes

Registration for Olympic golf tickets opens

If you’ve been waiting a lifetime to see golf in the Olympics, here’s your chance.

As golf returns to the Games for the first time since 1904, you can now register your interest for tickets to personally welcome it back to the Olympic family in Brazil next year.

The Australian Olympic Committee has launched the ticketing process for the Rio Games with residents having until May 5 to register their interest in attending the first Olympics ever held in South America.

The AOC announced today it had joined again with CoSport as its authorised ticket reseller through website which will run the ballot and ticketing process.

“For our athletes and fans alike, there are few experiences more exhilarating than being part of competition on the world stage,” Australian Chef de Mission Kitty Chiller said.

“Together with CoSport, we are excited to extend an invitation to Australian fans from around the country to share this truly once-in-a-lifetime experience.”

CoSport managing director Grant Little said his company had a “deep knowledge of Brazil” and offered an “exciting variety” of individual ticket and package options.

“Our hotel and tickets packages especially simplify attending the Rio 2016 Olympic Games so our guests can focus on enjoying this once-in-a-lifetime experience. There will be plenty of opportunities to choose from once sales open, but the best packages will surely go fast,” Little said.

The initial ballot closes on May 5 at 10am and by May 11, CoSport will confirm with fans which requested tickets have been secured and advise the payment process.

Tickets start for as little as $27 to preliminary rounds in a range of sports and for sports such as marathon swimming and mountain biking in open precincts.

Tickets to watch an athletics session which features a range of finals including the women’s 100m hurdles final, where Sally Pearson hopes to defend her Olympic title, start from $175 and range to $574.

One of the iconic experiences of the Games will be beach volleyball on Copacabana Beach, with tickets to pool matches ranging from $33 to $67.

The most expensive ticket at the Games is a prime seat at the opening ceremony for $2654.

After the initial ballot phase, the next opportunity for Australian Olympic fans to purchase tickets will occur on May 19 as part of a first come, first served process.