(ATR) Rio 2016 started the process to buy Olympic tickets.
On Jan. 15, Rio 2016 opened the Games ticket portal, the first step for spectators to secure tickets to the 2016 Olympics.
Seven-and-a-half million tickets will be for sale, compared to 6.6 million for the London 2012 Olympics. Of those, 3.8 million tickets will be available for less than 70 Reals, or $26.77.
All potential ticket buyers must first register on the Rio 2016 ticketing portal.
Brazilians will have the first chance to buy tickets. In March, they will receive a notice to apply for tickets. After that, two draws will be conducted to allocate some tickets.Real-time, online selling of tickets will start in October, with box office sales beginningin March 2016.
For people anywhere else in the world, they will have to buy their tickets through their National Olympic Commitee's authorized ticket reseller. The list of ATRs will be made public in March.
"Spectators will experience this journey like an athlete, preparing and going through stages until the glory of arriving at the Games," Rio 2016 Ticketing Director Donovan Ferreti said in a statement.
Students, senior citizens, and disabled spectators will receive discounts on their Olympic tickets.
Written by Aaron Bauer
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