The popularity of the Paralympic Winter Games has hit unprecedented levels this week, with almost 300 000 tickets having already been sold and fans enjoying inspirational sport in packed out venues over the past few days. Events that have proven particularly popular include the Opening and Closing Ceremonies, ice sledge hockey, biathlon, and para-snowboarding – which make its Paralympic Games debut later this week. The leading Russian cities for ticket sales are Sochi (55%), Krasnodar (9%), Moscow (7%), Tuapse (4%), and Rostov-on-Don (3%).
For fans still hoping to sample the spiriting of the Paralympic Winter Games first hand, tickets are available until March 16 inclusive. They can be purchased on the official website tickets.sochi2014.com and at the Main Ticket Centers, which are located in Moscow (2 Okhotny Ryad St.) and in Sochi (Sochi and Adler railway stations), or at ticket offices at the sports venues. Tickets to the Olympic park can be purchased for only 200 rubles (approximately $5 (US), at the ticket office at the Olympic Park railway station.
Paralympic ticket prices
The pricing policy at the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi is based on ticketing programs from past Games and on research into demand in the Russian market.
Paralympic ticket prices correspond to ticket prices for the leading international Paralympic events and are comparable to the ticket prices of previous Paralympic Games.
The ticket price for Paralympic events ranges from only 350 rubles to 1,500 rubles. The majority of tickets can be obtained in a price range between 400 and 500 rubles.
For groups of 11 people or more, group tickets are provided at a starting price of just 250 rubles each. Tickets to the Opening Ceremony of the Paralympic Games range from 700 to 5,000 rubles and for the Closing Ceremony from 400 to 2,000 rubles.
Visa is a Worldwide Olympic Parnter of the Paralympic Games in Sochi in the "payment services" category and is the only card payment accepted at Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games venues.
Tickets to the Olympic Park
Doors to the Olympic Park in Sochi are open to city residents and Paralympic Winter Games visitors from March 8-15 between 7:30 am and 11:30 pm.
Spectators have the change to enjoy the Olympic Park until 10:30 pm if they hold a ticket to any event taking place that same day. From March 8, fans have had the change to purchase tickets to the Olympic Park itself for only 200 rubles from the ticket office at the Olympic Park railway station. This ticket gives spectators the right to visit all pavilions in the Olympic Park. In addition to a ticket, to enter the Olympic Park each guest also must have a Spectator Pass. A Pass supplied for the Olympic Games is valid until the end of the Paralympic Games.
On March 16 - the day of the Opening Ceremony of the Paralympic Games - the Olympic Park will be open to Ceremony ticket holders.
A Spectator Pass is a required condition to attend the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games.
To obtain a Pass, we recommend that every spectator, after buying a ticket, promptly go through the registration process on the website pass.sochi2014.com. Early registration will help spectators avoid queues at the entrance to the sports venues and save time.
After the application is approved, the Spectator Pass can be obtained from Spectator Registration Centers in Moscow and Sochi. More information on the procedures for obtaining a Spectator Pass and the addresses of Spectator Registration Centers is available at pass.sochi2014.com.
To ensure admission to competitions, spectators should only buy tickets from the official Sochi 2014 website or from the Main Ticket Centers in Moscow and Sochi and ticket offices at Olympic sports venues.
On January 2, 2013, the Russian President signed a Federal Law to strengthen protection against ticket touting and the risk of exploiting fans through black market ticket sales.
The legislation, which came into force on January 15 2013, means that ticket touting 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.
The Sochi 2014 sports program has set a record in Paralympic Winter Games history. In the space of 9 days, 72 sets of medals will be contested in 5 different sports: cross-country skiing, biathlon, ice sledge hockey, wheelchair curling and Alpine skiing. On Friday, Para-snowboarding will be staged at the Paralympic Winter Games as part of the ski program for the very first time. Paralympic snowboarders will compete on the slopes of Rosa Khutor Alpine Center. In all, athletes from 45 countries are competing in the Paralympic Games.