The Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee has released its Official Spectator Guide for the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games. The Guide provides important information for sports fans, enabling them to easily plan their once in a lifetime trip to the Games in Sochi.
Clicking on the link «Spectators» in the «Games» section of the official website for the 2014 Gameswww.sochi2014.com/games/spectator/ or downloading the official mobile app, will give fans access to the competition schedule of events, practical advice and interesting facts about Sochi, plunging them into the unique atmosphere of the greatest sports event on the planet.
The Spectator Guide comprises six sections providing information on the Olympic Games, athletes, and information on how to buy tickets and obtain the spectator pass, as well as the transport system in Sochi during the Games, accommodation, and leisure. The Spectator Guide will be regularly updated between now and the Games, so please visit sochi2014.com to make sure you have the most up-to-date version.
The Sochi 2014 Games
This section offers interesting facts about the Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, in addition to a Schedule of all Olympic events and details on how to travel to the Games. To visit the Games in Sochi, spectators living in the Russian Federation must buy a ticket, get a Spectator Pass, and, if necessary, book accommodation and arrange transport to Sochi.
On the way to the Games
From December 1 2013, a simplified system for issuing visas to foreign tourists arriving for the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Sochi has been introduced. Visa requests will be accepted through the "Olympic windows" in Russian consular headquarters around the world. A Russian visa may also be applied for without having to wait in the main line and without having to provide verification of hotel arrangements. Visa applications will be reviewed as quickly as possible.
When applying for visas, foreign spectators should confirm that they plan on attending sporting events and/or the Games ceremonies. To do this, they must present a ticket for a sporting event or electronic confirmation (email) of a ticket purchase issued by the Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee or an Authorized Ticket Reseller, or a Spectator Pass.
The Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has confirmed that Russian consular offices will issue visas to tourists attending the Games without prior accommodation arrangements.
Foreign spectators who come to the Games for less than 7 days do not need to apply to the registration authorities (local migration legislation, detailed information is available at the Sochi 2014 web site in section for spectators). If the spectator is planning to stay for more than 7 days, registration at local migration authorities is necessary. For those staying at a hotel (B&B, cruise ship, resort, holiday home, hostel, etc.), there is no need to contact the Federal Migration Service authorities at all: all details relating to registration (taking into account migration) will be dealt with by staff at their accommodation.
People living in the Russian Federation can buy tickets for the Olympic Games in Sochi at the official website tickets.sochi2014.com, as well as at official ticket offices in Moscow and Sochi. Fans from other countries can buy tickets from Authorized Ticket Resellers or through the National Olympic Committee in their country. A full list of Authorized Ticket Resellers is available attickets.sochi2014.com.
To visit the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2014, all ticket holders must obtain a Spectator Pass from pass.sochi2014.com .
There are several ways of getting to Sochi: by plane, train, car or boat. It is not recommended to drive to the Olympic host city.
During the Games, special transport for spectators will run between the sports venues and main districts of Sochi. Transport for spectators will include a network of railway and bus routes, as well as cable cars. Transport will be free for spectators who have a valid ticket for a competition on that day.
The transport system will have nine transport hubs where you can transfer from one type of transport to another. The hubs are located at major residential points and at venues in the Mountain and Coastal clusters: Sochi, Matsesta, Khosta, Kudepsta (bus station) as well as Adler, the Airport, Olympic Park, Esto-Sadok, Krasnaya Polyana, and Rosa Khutor.
This section provides important tips for spectators going to the sports venues. It describes the security check procedure when entering the venues and the list of items that may not be brought into the venues. Here, you can also find detailed maps with the location of the Coastal and Mountain cluster Olympic venues, as well as a map of the Olympic Park. You can find out the approximate journey time to the Olympic stadiums and which services are available at the venues.
This is one of the most interesting sections. It describes where and how the Opening and Closing Ceremonies, medal, award and flower ceremonies will be held. In this section you can also learn about the activities of the Sochi 2014 Cultural Olympiad, and the Live Sites - unique places of celebration with huge screens and stages where thousands of people will be able to watch the Games together and celebrate the wins of their favorite athletes in Sochi.
Around the Games
This final section contains brief information on Sochi 2014 Ambassadors, on the Olympic Torch Relay and Sochi 2014 volunteers. It also says where you can obtain official Sochi 2014 licensed merchandise.
Notes for editors
The XXII Olympic Winter Games in Sochi will take place between February 7, 2014 and February 23, 2014 encapsulating 17 days of competitions. 98 events will be held in 7 Olympic sports. That is 12 more than at the Vancouver 2010 Games, and 14 times more than at the Turin 2006 Games; 6000 Olympic athletes and team members from 85 countries will come to the Games. 25,000 volunteers will work at the Games in Sochi, and about 14,000 media will be accredited to the Games. An estimated potential audience of about 3 billion TV viewers throughout the world is expected to watch the Sochi Games.
Sochi is home to about 400,000 people, representing over 100 nationalities and is located in the Krasnodar Region, which has a population of 5.1 million people. Sochi is in a unique climatic zone on the shore of the Black Sea, at the foothills of the Western Caucasus Mountains and is known for the unique combination of Mediterranean and Alpine climates. The average snow depth in the mountains is 2 meters, and while the winter temperature is usually below zero, there are normally no severe cold spells. The territory of Sochi comprises 200,000 hectares, including 30,000 hectares of arboretums, botanical gardens and protected natural reserves with unique flora and fauna.