Tickets for Asian Games opening ceremony available in late June

16:14, April 13, 2010      

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Tickets for the 16th Asian Games in Guangzhou will go on sale starting May 20, 2010. However, the long-awaited opening ceremony tickets will not be available until late June. Moreover, the venue for the opening ceremony can accommodate 25,000 spectators, so only 5,000 ceremony tickets will be open to the public.

The 2010 Asian Games opening ceremony will be held at the new Citizens Plaza on Haixinsha Island on the Pearl River south of Zhujiang New Town, Guangzhou. As ingenious as it is to hold the ceremony of such a large sporting event on a small island, the seating capacity of the plaza is just too small.

"People who are expected to attend the Guangzhou Asian Games include 14,000 athletes and accompanying officials from 45 countries and regions in Asia, over 10,000 media personnel, political leaders and contract customers, and other guests. The ticket sales and distribution is really difficult to handle," said Fang Da'er, marketing director of the Guangzhou Asian Games Organizing Committee.

Tickets for the opening and closing ceremonies are priced at between 1,600 and 6,800 yuan. In addition, prices of sporting event tickets are between 10 and 1,600 yuan.

By People's Daily Online

(Editor:梁军)

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