Sports fans the world over are starting to get excited about 2016 Rio Summer Games, as it will be the first time the games has been held in a South American country. It will be a challenge to Rio de Janeiro as the city works to revamp its transportation infrastructure, renovate the Summer Games venues, and built the capacity to accommodate thousands of visitors from around the world. Despite the challenge, all signs point to Rio being more than prepared.
2016 Rio Summer Games Tickets Image: Rio 2016 Olympics Committee
Those who are wondering how to get tickets for the Rio Summer Games will have to be patient, as Summer Games tickets usually begin to be sold around 1 year before the event through authorized channels. Although tickets are not yet available, you can sign up to be on the mailing list, so that you will be the first to hear when 2016 Rio Summer Games tickets come on the market.
Guests looking for how to get tickets for the Rio Summer Games may want to sign up with a hotel package that combines tickets to various events with your hotel stay. This can end up being easier for the tourist, as the hotel can provide transportation and may be more likely to get tickets to high-demand events. Online tour operators are also pre-booking packages that combine airport transfer, local tour guides, tours of Rio attractions like Christ the Redeemer and Sugarloaf Mountain, and tickets for the events. If you pre-book, these tour operators guarantee that they will be able to get event tickets, although it's always good to have a certain degree of flexibility in case tickets to a particular event sell out quickly.
Rio organizers plan for 7 million tickets to be made available for the 2016 Summer Games. Many of the tickets will be affordably priced, to allow lower-income Brazilians to be able to participate in this landmark event.
There are multiple Rio venues that will host various aspects of the games, and tickets to each venue and event must be bought separately. Popular events, like the opening and closing ceremonies in Maracana Stadium, will be in high demand, although larger venues like Maracana Stadium can accommodate more guests. You can be certain that tickets to popular events, like the football finals, will be in high demand, and you may have to pay more as a result. Of course, getting a ticket up in the nosebleed seats will be cheaper, but if you've come all the way to Rio, you might as well get a decent vantage point. Fortunately for people looking to buy 2016 Rio Summer Games tickets, most of the venues are located right within Rio city limits (aside from the earlier football events, which are located in other Brazilian cities), making it easier to get to and from events.
In the meantime, if you are looking for how to get tickets for the Rio Summer Games, keep an eye out as the schedule of the events gets released, to plan out which events you want to see. Get yourself on a travel newsletter so that, around 2014 to 2015, you'll be the first to know when tickets are for sale.
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