On September 27, the Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee opened ticket sales for Russia’s first Paralympic Winter Games. The Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi is an unrivalled opportunity to see the world’s best elite Paralympic athletes compete.
A total of 1,650 Paralympic athletes and their accompanying team members from 45 different countries will take part in the Games.
The competition program will be a record in the history of the Paralympic Winter Games – held over 9 days of competitions from 7 to 16 March – with 72 sets of medals being awarded in five sports – biathlon, cross country skiing, ice sledge hockey, wheelchair curling and alpine skiing. Para snowboard as part of alpine skiing will feature for the first time at a Paralympic Winter Games.
People from all over the world will come to Sochi to be inspired by the victories, courage and spirit of the Paralympians.
How to buy a ticket
Tickets for the Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi went on sale September 27, 2013.
Russian citizens and official resident foreign nationals will be able to purchase tickets via The Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee and via officially appointed Authorized Ticket Resellers. The full list of these Resellers is available on the official Sochi 2014 website: www.sochi2014.com in the section "Tickets".
Till November, 1, Russia-based fans will be able to purchase tickets with delivery – in this case, buyers will receive a souvenir ticket with a unique design. In addition, everyone will be able to pick up tickets purchased online at the Main Ticket Offices in Moscow and Sochi, which will open in November, 2013, and during the Games at the ticket office in the facilities. Information on this will be available on the website at: www.sochi2014.com.
In other countries, the Authorized Ticket Resellers, appointed by the National Paralympic Committee (hereinafter – the NPC) of their countries represent the primary contact for Paralympic tickets. With the objective of maximizing ticket availability worldwide, international sports fans will also be able to access tickets through the Sochi website and the IPC Ticketing Agent eVentureZone in a selected number of countries (in consultation with the NPC of the country).
A complete list of Authorized Ticket Resellers appointed by the NPC of each country and the official reseller of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), through which foreign nationals can buy tickets, has been published on the official website of the 2014 Games at: www.sochi2014.com. Outside the Russian Federation, the rules of ticket sales in coordination with the Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee will be determined by the NPC and the Authorized Ticket Resellers of each country according to local regulations.
During the Paralympic Games – from March 7 to March 16, 2014 – ticket sales will be through the main website at: www.sochi2014.com and in Main Ticket Offices and ticket offices at competition venues.
The ticket prices for all types of Paralympic competitions – Alpine Skiing, Cross Country Skiing, Biathlon, Ice Sledge Hockey and Wheelchair Curling – have been agreed with the International Paralympic Committee. On average, they correspond to ticket prices for the most popular international Paralympic events, and are comparable to the ticket prices at previous Paralympic Games. Ticket prices are inclusive, including all taxes and the right for spectators to travel on public transport during the Paralympic Games on the competition day specified on the ticket.
The minimum ticket price for Paralympic events will be 350 rubles, and the maximum – 1500 rubles. On average, tickets will be sold for 400-500 rubles.
Tickets for the Opening Ceremony of the Paralympic Games will range from 700 to 5000 rubles, and for the Closing Ceremony – from 400 to 2000 rubles.
Methods of payment and obtaining tickets
In recognition of Visa’s longstanding support of the Paralympic Games, only Visa cards for ticket purchases are accepted. Visa will be the only card accepted at the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games. If you do not have a Visa card please visit the Visa website (visa.com) for more information on how to obtain one.
You can pay for tickets in cash at the Main Ticket Offices in Moscow and Sochi.
For the 2014 Games there are two ways to get your hands on your tickets: either by courier delivery, or by picking them up yourself in Moscow or Sochi. Delivery will take place throughout Russia till the end of January, 2014, and will cost 450 rubles.
In order to avoid the queues, the Organizing Committee recommends opting for delivery – one can do it till the end of this October. If when buying tickets the spectator did not choose the option "Delivery by courier," he will be able to get tickets since autumn 2013 in the Main Ticket Offices in Moscow and Sochi – they will open in November, 2013.
In order to attend the Paralympic Games, all spectators will need to obtain a Spectator Pass.
A Spectator Pass is a prerequisite for gaining access to the competitions and the Olympic Park, along with a ticket. It is not just a binding document for all spectators of the Games – it will be a memorable souvenir of the Games in Sochi.
After buying a ticket, every spectator is advised to register on the website to obtain a Spectator Pass as soon as possible. Once the Games have started, this will help avoid queues at the entrance to the sports venues and save time.
The Spectator Pass will be valid for the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
In their application, spectators will need to enter their name and personal data (date and place of birth, nationality, type of primary identification document (passport, passport of a foreign national, birth certificate), document number, and contact details, order number, and a photograph. Over the subsequent 72 hours, the data will be processed and verified, and the spectator will be notified about whether a spectator passport has been issued using the contact details they provided.
If the application is approved, one can obtain his Spectator Pass in in Sochi and Moscow offices of the Registration Center.
Details of the procedure for obtaining a Spectator Pass is available at: pass.sochi2014.com
Anti-scalping measures (only for Russian Media)
On January 2, 2013, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed the Federal Law "On Amendments to Article 9 of the Federal Law 'On the Organization and Implementation of the Olympic Winter Games and Paralympic Winter Games of 2014 in the City of Sochi, the Development of Sochi as an Alpine Climatic Resort, and Amendments to Certain Legislative Acts of the Russian Federation' and the Code of Administrative Offences of the Russian Federation". The legislation, which came into force on January 15, 2013, means that ticket scalping is punishable by an administrative fine for citizens amounting to between five and ten times the cost of admission; for officials – between ten and twenty times the cost of admission; and for legal entities, from five hundred thousand to one million rubles, or administrative suspension of activity for up to ninety days.
To avoid confusion and to guarantee access to the competitions, spectators should only buy tickets on the official website of Sochi 2014, the listed Authorized Ticket Resellers, the IPC Agent as well as in the Main Ticket Offices in Moscow and Sochi and in ticket offices at competition venues.
Notes to the Editor
The Visa company is a partner of the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi in the category of "payment services" and is the only card that is accepted across the competition venues of the Paralympic Games 2014 in Sochi.
The supplier of the Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee in the "Ticketing Services" category – Eventim – is Europe's leading service provider for ticket sales, represented in Russia by the ticketing agent PARTER.RU. The company provides a platform for ticket sales, including technological and operational solutions based on innovative ticketing programs, which will help the Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee to provide a transparent ticket distribution system at the Games. The company was founded in 1989 in Germany. Each year, Eventim sells more than 100 million tickets to events around the world.
As agreed with the NPCs, the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) will also sell tickets on worldwide basis through its agent eVentureZone. Contact details and relevant territories can be found on the website www.sochi2014.com