Oh, it all seems so complicated to me. Actually, I'll be happy if I can see it on tv.
Oh, it all seems so complicated to me. Actually, I'll be happy if I can see it on tv.
I originally planned to go and was even ready to pay for expensive tickets, but I was very upset when the ticket sales started: they sell tickets without assigning seats, so one can end up sitting on the last row of the lower bowl - and having been at the arena during GPF I can definitely say it's FAR from the ice - after paying about $650. Maybe I'm a chicken, but I'm not ready to take such risks... yet, at least. Yeah, I had bought a ticket without a seat assigned for approximately the same price before, but it was an all-event, not ONE event.
Anyway, I've just checked the ticket site, and everything is sold out, so now I don't have to worry about taking a decision
Last edited by Elkmaria; 02-09-2013 at 09:59 PM.
Unfortunately, not being to the Olympics before, I neglected to look information about the tickets in advance; so I ended up on CoSport website on the 10th of January; theree days after the Expression of Interest ended. Under these circumstances, I'll wait for the Live Sale on Monday. Finger crossed for that .
From what I've understood, You've stated your interest for almost all the figure skating events, but you've been given only three of them...? And expensive? . I kinda got the impression all the categories (A, B, C and D) will be on sale; and was rather interested in C... but from what you're saying I kinda understand that aren't all for sale... Could I get a price range? Or a category? (just to be ready ) Up to this point, I'm intersted in men, ladies and dance; and I would like, if neccesary, to take a quick and wise decision .
Hello - and I have to say: I kinda envied you a little, given the fact you're living in Russia and you can buy tickets through the official site. For a citizen of Romania is rather difficult to do that; I ended up eventually on the site of CoSport; but I'm not sure I'm gonna get tickets on Monday, at the live sale...
Anyway, I saw the tickets on the official site are almost over now, remaining only the real expensive ones in pairs Short and Men Short... But I was planning - if possible - to get tickets from the C category - is this really faaaaaar from the ice? I mean, A and B are almost unreachable; it's impossible for me to even take them into consideration. And a frustration: as a previous buyer of All-Event tickets in Worlds Figure Skating, I'm totally stressed and annoyed by the idea that I have to try to get tickets one by one (and expensive ones...) I mean: I'm a huge fan of FS (aren't we all?) and I would have very much liked to see every single event in figure skating in Sochi...
By the way, are they selling (at the Olympics) any practice pass? I kinda wish they did; I coudl have taken a ticket or two at the official competition and would have spent the time at the practice arena... But from what I've understand this - attending the practice sessions - is not on option at the Olympic Games? Or is it? Sorry for these naive questions; never been to the Olympics before.
I have registered through this site http://www.tickets.sochi2014.com/ but haven't actually picked any tickets as not sure yet.. I teach so technically would have to do some wrangling to get the week off and don't fancy going by myself.. and nobody else seems interested.. so am either considering a tour.. or might go to Euro's?? I've never been to Eastern Europe so that might be my Olympics.. although I have always wanted to go to Russia.. hmm..
Thanks to PI .. I discovered I'm actually a Nontheist
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4rkidz: you won't be able to buy tickets at that site since you don't live in Russia. You have to create an account with CoSport and try to get tickets starting Monday at noon.
I was able to get Pairs Short and Pairs long through the "Expression of Interest". I was also offered an Opening Ceremonies ticket, but since it was $1200 (Category B), I decided against it and instead will try to get more figure skating tickets on Monday.
somcutza: all of the ticket prices are listed on the site linked above by 4rkidz, as well as on CoSport's site in various currencies.
somcutza - Prices on Cosport for Cat B Free Dance (and ladies free) are €391 > that's €60-ish more than the advertised price on the Russian OC site.
I've only got Cat B tix, so I can't tell you about the other prices.
somcutza, I agree that things are easier for me as a Russian citizen - at least I had a chance to buy tickets online without figuring out where to buy them. Sorry for whining
If you buy Category C, you will get a seat in the upper bowl, and it will be not the first rows (first rows are Category B). Here's the video which may give you an idea of the distance from the ice: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H2nmo9UCraw I'd say it's very far. I haven't been there myself, but Iceberg arena is very similar to Khodynka arena in Moscow in terms of size, and I've been to the upper bowl at Khodynka - it's really far
As for practice passes, I haven't heard of anything like that yet.
Yeap; it's far . Very far, indeed. But for me to consider A is out of the question (I mean, I won't travel to Sochi for one or two events... Or should I? ) I'm not sure. And my budget is not really suited for the Olympics. Its' more a dream, actually; but being at the Europeans (and standing in the secod row ) and to the Worlds, Olympics might have been the next step. I mean Olympics are more than tickets for a foreigner: plane? hotel? Hm; not that easy to do.
But you're helping me; a lot, in fact; cause I couldn't figure out by myself if the lower bowl represents only the A category tickets; I used to think that it host the B too... So, B, C and D are all in the upper bowl . This is not a very good news to digest. Hm. I'll take my time to figure out until Monday. (considering that there are more figure skating tickets after the Expression of Interest...) Anyway, from those of you who actually bought tickets through CoSport (after the EoI), were there any C tickets available to buy?)
And thank you to everyone who tried to offer me some assistance through that: Elkmaria, DaveRocks, SandraMGfan So no one knows about a Practice Pass .
Has anybody found a place to stay for Sochi? I had some tickets allotted after the expression of interest (no skating unfortunately) but I don't want to convert to an order if I don't have a place to stay lined up.
To be more exact, it was $30 per practice session. IIRC, there were 7 practice sessions. Yes, an affordable option, relatively speaking. I went to five of them and by the end of it, I would go (they started at some abnormally early hour) and then slept through everyone.
ETA: I believe the practice tickets were only available for Canadian residents, right? Some Canadian FSUers bought extra tickets for non-Canadian FSUers. So, if there are practice tickets for sale, they may only be sold to Russians.
Last edited by manhn; 02-10-2013 at 08:29 AM.
Is there anyone who has a seating map of Iceberg Skating Palace?
I can't guess the difference between category B and C.
Category B are the first several rows of the upper bowl (not sure exactly how many rows, the map at the Olympic ticket site is VERY sketchy). Category C are the farther rows of the upper bowl, and Category D are the very back rows.
There is this map on the official site, http://tickets.sochi2014.com/sochi2014.html?affiliate=ORP&fun=evdetail&doc=sess ionDetails&key=834418$2372036, but, yes, it's very tricky. It seems to me that B and C are too expensive, given the fact they are so far from ice; and A - unaffordable. Or affordable if we're planning to get only two tickets or so. As a matter of fact, I was planning to spend around 1.000 of euros on the tickets, but not only on 2 of them (. Maybe I shall consider the Team Events instead of going after the Men Free and Ice Dance Free; they should include the best teams, I suppose, with the best skaters (Russia, Canada, USA - and hopefully Japan - if they manage to produce a pair, now that Narumi and Mervin split up; rumours are that the federation managed to find a parter for Narumi...). Anyway, these practice passes - if they exist - might be a good idea; hopefully, this time will be available for everyone; or we'll find a way to buy them (not being Russian citizens).
And, yes, the difference between B and C - I find this quite strange; I mean, as far as I understoond, there are both in the upper bowl, very far from the ice; but the B is double then C...
I guess A is the best option - but you could end up in the last row of the lower bowl, having paid, yes, 572 or 627 euros. My God, this is expensive! But is this sure? I mean, I was really hoping that the B seats are in the lower bowl too; seems they aren't .
I'll keep wathing you: en eye on the forum, en eye on the 4CC, ladies free .
Sorry for the extended link; I'm still a novice when it comes to posting on FS universe; though I've been watching you for long >