2020 Olympics opening ceremony tickets threaten to burn big hole in wallets
Organizers of the 2020 Olympics proposed a 288,000-yen (around P137,000) price tag for the opening-ceremony ticket during a recent sales strategy meeting.
A 14-member meeting held on May 14 heard the ticket price proposal as a ceiling for admittance into the opening ceremony. However, others in the meeting suggested a wider price range that will be more accessible to customers, according to a report by Kyodo News.
The Paralympic Games opening ceremony received a similarly high ticket ceiling price of 144,100 yen (around P68,700).
Sadahiko Kano, head of the ticketing strategy panel said, ”We couldn’t draw a conclusion. We discussed about creating a bigger gap (in pricing).”
Meanwhile, the organizers aim to have affordable tickets ranging from 1,000 to 2,000 yen, or about P470 to P950, for elementary school students. At the same time, there will be pricier tickets targeted at wealthier customers.
General tickets will start at 2,000 yen for Olympic events, while Paralympic events will admit visitors starting at 1,000 yen, according to the report.
The committee aimed to get approval for ticket prices from the International Olympic Committee board of directors, which will meet in July. Ticket sales may start sometime in the summer of 2019.
Tickets for the 2012 London Games were said to be around the same price range as the proposed Japanese prices. On the other hand, the 2012 Paralympics tickets were more expensive than the 2016 Rio Paralympics to increase prestige in the multi-sport event for athletes with disabilities. Alfred Bayle /ra