For select events where demand for press seating and photo positions exceeds availability, the IOC will require that media representatives have tickets – in addition to a credential – for venue access.  

Only media with E, EP or ET accreditation are eligible to receive tickets for high-demand events.The following sessions have preliminarily been considered high-demand events by the IOC and are subject to ticketing:

  • Opening Ceremony
  • Closing Ceremony
  • Figure Skating
  • Men’s Ice Hockey (Semifinals and Finals)

Other sessions may be added as high-demand events throughout the duration of the Games at the discretion of the IOC.

U.S. Allocation Policy

  1. U.S. media may apply for high-demand event tickets beginning four days before the designated session by either:
    1. Signing up outside the USOC office in MPC 3, or
    2. Sending an email to Bill Hancock (Bill.Hancock@usoc.org)

  2. The general high-demand event ticketing timetable is as follows: 

    Ceremonies


    Four Days Prior
    Deadline for second ticket requests (all agencies guaranteed one ticket), 5 p.m.

    Three Days Prior
    List of recipients posted outside USOC office

    Two Days Prior

    Tickets distributed at USOC office, 1-4 p.m.

    Day Of
    Tickets distributed at USOC office, 9-11 a.m.
    Deadline for ticket pick-up, 11 a.m.
    Unclaimed tickets issued to media on waiting list, 11 a.m.

    Figure Skating and Men's Ice Hockey*

    Three Days Prior
    Deadline for ticket requests, 5 p.m.

    Two Days Prior
    List of recipients posted outside USOC office, 1 p.m.
    Tickets distributed at USOC office, 2-6 p.m.

    One Day Prior
    Tickets distributed at USOC office, 2-6 p.m.
    Deadline for ticket pick-up, 6 p.m.
    Unclaimed tickets issued to media on waiting list, 6 p.m.

    *If designated by the IOC as a high-demand event.

  3. Media must pick up their tickets at the USOC office (signature and photo ID required). Editors may submit a written authorization (via Bill.Hancock@usoc.org) for a media representative to pick up a ticket allocated for a colleague from the same publication.

  4. Media who decide not to attend after being allocated tickets should contact Bill Hancock immediately so the tickets can be reassigned to other U.S. media representatives.

    The USOC communications staff (including sport press officers) will use the following criteria to determine ticket allocation:
  1. Coverage of the sport’s Olympic Trials, national/world championships and other international competitions
  2. Presence of an Olympic beat writer
  3. Regular coverage of Olympic sports 
  4. Coverage in hometowns of athletes involved 
  5. Coverage of USOC meetings/events
  6. Past Olympic coverage
  7. Circulation