Rio 2016 ticketing programme launched

16 Jan 2015
RIO 2016 IOC News

A new web portal enabling spectators to secure tickets to Rio 2016 Olympic Games has been launched by the Organising Committee this week.

Those hoping to attend should register their interest at in order to be sent information and alerts for the key ticket purchasing dates.

A key aim of the Ticket Programme for the Olympic Games is to ensure that everyone has a fair chance at securing a place at the Games, and underlines Rio 2016’s ‘Games for All’ concept.

The ticketing programme for residents of Brazil is divided into four key stages. Following the registration stage, applications for tickets can then be made in March, when two lottery draws will take place. A resale of remaining tickets will then occur in October, and finally box office tickets will be available for purchase in June 2016.

In recognition of the long-lasting partnership between Visa and the Olympic Games, only Visa cards will be accepted in payment for tickets. For any purchase online via Rio’s Ticket Portal, only Visa cards will be accepted (Credit, debit and prepaid virtual cards). Payments in cash will only be accepted at Rio’s ticket offices, open from June 2016.

“Spectators will experience this journey like an athlete, preparing and going through stages until the glory of arriving at the Games,” said Rio 2016 Ticketing Director Donovan Ferreti. “With so many attractions, it is necessary to get organised early to ensure you don’t miss the best of the event.”

Non-residents of Brazil should still register their interest via the website in order to receive alerts and information regarding ticket purchase in their territory. Applications for tickets must be made to the relevant National Olympic Committee or its authorized ticket reseller and information regarding this will be made available on the Rio 2016 website in March.

More information about the Ticket Programme can be found at

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