Hot off the heels of this Olympic Games, my wife and I were talking about maybe trying to make a trip to Vancouver for the 2010 Winter Games.
Has anyone ever gone? I'm sure every Games are different...but anyone have any feedback? Was it worth going? Im sure it was ridiculously expensive...but how expensive is expensive? How hard is it to get tickets to decent events? Am I going to be paying a grand for ice skating tickets (which is what she'd want to see)....Are hotel prices off the charts expensive? Etc...
And most importantly, how far in advance do you need to start the process of booking hotels and buying tickets? A year? More?
We are in the early stages of dicussing this...so just trying to gather info.
I went to the Atlanta games, spent 19 days there.
I have been interested in Going to Vancouver as well, the good news is that you have missed nothing so far.
Housing is expensive and difficult to come by. Obviously the winter games are somewhat different (smaller), but still for the Atlanta Olympics the Olympic housing network included hotels in Alabama, Tennessee, and South Carolina. There were between 500K and 1Million people per day visiting Atlanta. Housing has not been released to the public yet; although, private rental units are available now. A house in Whistler is going for 3-8K a day. Apartments can be had for less, but still are upwards of 1K a day. When the official Olympic housing network is available there might be some more reasonable units available, but I doubt it will be cheap.
In terms of tickets, face value they are expensive, but at least in Atlanta not shockingly so. Tickets are probably going to be more than a Sox game, and in some cases a lot more for some marquee events. They will be hard to get, because the big lottery will go to Canadian citizens, and US citizens will get limited tickets. Back in Atlanta it was easy to get scalped tickets for most events, especially things like mens basketball, which was selling for way below face value, on the other hand things like gymnastics were going for way above face. I have no doubt due to the limited events and smaller venues Winter Olympic tickets are going to be tougher to get
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