Monthly Archives: November 2008

Online Ticket Window for Olympics Closes Today

Want to go online to get tickets for the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, B.C.?

You better get busy. The deadline is today.

According to this story in the Los Angeles Times, the most expensive Opening Ceremony ticket will go for $1,294. The highest-priced admission to the gala figure skating exhibition will cost $650, while the top-end ticket for the men’s gold medal hockey game will cost $930.

Here’s the full story:

By Greg Johnson
(c) 2008, Los Angeles Times=
Olympic mascots Quatchi, Miga and Sumi will enjoy guaranteed seating when the Olympic torch is lit on Feb. 12, 2010, to start the Vancouver Winter Games. But humans who hope to be sitting nearby have until Nov. 7 of this year to request admission tickets to the Opening Ceremony, the Closing Ceremony and the myriad athletic competitions sandwiched in between.
Vancouver Games organizers say that 1.6 million tickets will be sold before the Games begin. Of that total, 70 percent will be sold to the general public, with the rest going to Olympic-related entities, including corporate sponsors.
U.S. ticket sales again are being handled by privately held CoSport. The Far Hills, N.J.-based company also is licensed by the Vancouver Games Organizing Committee to sell tickets in Australia and European Union countries. (For a list of ticket agents in other countries, visit the Vancouver 2010 website.
CoSport won’t be awarding tickets on a first-come, first-serve basis. That should mean that folks who used their high-speed Internet hook-ups will have no advantage over a ticket request that the U.S. Postal Service delivers next week to CoSport’s office.
CoSport is using a random lottery that company President Jean-Paul Modde characterized during a telephone interview as giving consumers an equal chance at getting their requested tickets.
Though CoSport expects to sell most of its allotted tickets, stock that remains unsold will be offered for sale in February or March, Modde said.
As is Olympics custom, the process of allocating tickets to various countries remains frustratingly murky. Vancouver organizers won’t say how many tickets are being allocated to the U.S. market, or how that number is determined. Modde also declined to say how many tickets are being sold in this country.
“We’re still negotiating on the last tickets we’re going to get for this allocation,” Modde said. CoSport might eventually provide consumers with some idea of how many tickets were available, or what percentage of requests ultimately gets fulfilled.
Modde also said that the roiled financial markets haven’t seemed to scare away travelers.
“Demand has been high, in line, if not a little more than, what we expected,” Modde said. “A large number of requests are coming from the Northwestern part of the country — Washington state, Oregon — and I suspect a lot of them will be driving rather than flying.”
As is the case with most things in life, fans who want to get close to the action will pay more for a seat than fans who are content with the nosebleed section. Here’s a look at what the highest-priced admissions to the most popular events will cost. Prices are for tickets only, not lodging.
The most expensive Opening Ceremony ticket will go for $1,294. The highest-priced admission to the gala figure skating exhibition will cost $650, while the top-end ticket for the men’s gold medal hockey game will cost $930.
Vancouver organizers allow CoSport to charge a 20 percent commission based upon a ticket’s face value. That value was set in September, before the U.S. dollar grew noticeably stronger in relationship to the Canadian dollar.

Tuba Man Tribute Planned

In this space yesterday, it was noted that reader Michael Marty felt it was the “Seahawks duty” to remember Edward McMichael, Seattle’s “Tuba Guy,” who died after being beaten up by three teenagers. Marty thought the Hawks should fly the 12th man flag at half mast at the next home game.

Somebody was thinking along the same line.

The Seahawks sent out this press release Thursday, inviting fans to a public tribute:

WHO: Edward McMichael, “Tuba Man,” Seattle’s beloved sports & entertainment fan.

WHAT: A public celebration and memorial event to honor the passing of Edward McMichael. The event is free.

WHEN: Wednesday, November 12 at 6:30 p.m.
Doors will open at 5:30 p.m.

WHERE: Qwest Field Event Center
Please enter the Qwest Field Event Center through the marquee entrance off Occidental Avenue.

PARKING: Fans are invited to park complimentary in the North Lot of Qwest Field at Qwest Field Event Center garage starting at 5:30 p.m.

DONATIONS: “The Commentators” on KOMO 1000 Newsradio are facilitating donation drop-offs at any Bank of America branch. Fans can send donations to cover funeral expenses to the following address:

Edward “the Tuba Man” McMichael Memorial Fund
P.O. Box 4985
Federal Way, WA 98063


I’m Back, Eh?

After a week in Banff, Alberta, where there’s almost as many elk in the streets as there are tourists this time of year, it’s been a little tough getting back into the real world.

After Banff, my wife and I headed to Waterton National Park, another beautiful spot if you’ve never been, before driving into Montana to check on some of my Indian ancestors. Stopped in Babb, where the waitress turned out to be a distant cousin and there was a sign on the door: “First Americans for Obama.” Stopped in Choteau, where my dad and uncles and aunts were born and the grandmother I never knew is buried.

Made it back to the office on election day. That’ll be a day most of us will never forget. Didn’t fall asleep until 4 a.m. Couldn’t stop watching and re-watching the TV. I don’t know if more tears of joy have ever been spilled in this country.

I’ll leave it at that. This isn’t a place for political discussions, but it is a place to share some opinions.

Here’s one from Michael Marty, who e-mailed me this message in response to the beating death of Edward McMichael, Seattle’s own “Tuba Guy.”

“It is an outrage how he met his untimely death and I and many like me believe it is the Seahawks duty to remember his staunch loyalty to Seattle sports teams and to the people of Seattle by flying the 12th man flag at half mast at the next home game. Please join us in this campaign with any support you the Kitsap Sun staff can offer to remember this sports and human icon.”

Michael Marty, whoever you are, that’s a good idea. I hope the Seahawks pick up on it.

While I was in Canada, the Huskies fired Ty Willingham, and the Huskies (56-0 at USC) and Cougars (58-0 at Stanford) lost by a combined 114-0. The Seahawks won a game at San Francisco, but the good times didn’t continue at home against Philadelphia as they lost 26-7, slipping to 2-6 at the halfway point of the season. All of this after watching the Sonics leave for Oklahoma City and the Marineros stumble to a 101-loss season.

“It’s so bad around here,” wrote Art Thiel of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, “that people turn from sports to the financial pages to cheer up.”

The way things are going, it seems likely that the Huskies and Cougars could play to a 0-0 tie. Hey, don’t laugh, there’s precedent. It’s happened three times, in fact — in 1932, 1934 and 1942.

Here’s a question for you. Let’s rename the Apple Cup for a year. Somebody’s already suggested putting a Cr in front of Apple. Got any other suggestions?