For select events where demand for press seating and photo positions exceeds availability, the IOC requires that media representatives have tickets – in addition to a credential – for venue access. The IOC allots a certain number of tickets to the USOC, and the USOC allocates these tickets to U.S media. All high-demand event ticketing will be handled by Bill Hancock ( in the USOC communications office at the MPC. The deadline to submit ticket requests is by 5 p.m. two days prior to the event.

The following sessions have initially been considered high-demand events by the IOC and are subject to ticketing:

  • Opening Ceremony (Aug. 5)
  • Closing Ceremony (Aug. 21)
  • Basketball
    • Men’s USA vs. China (Aug. 6)
    • Men’s gold-medal game (Aug. 21)
  • Gymnastics
    • Women’s artistic team final (Aug. 9)
    • Women’s artistic individual all-around final (Aug. 11)
  • Swimming (all finals)
  • Tennis (all finals)

Other sessions may be added as high-demand events at the discretion of the IOC and OCOG.  Continue to check back here for the most up-to-date list

U.S. Allocation Policy 

1.Eligible U.S. media (i.e. those with E, EP, ET, Es or EPs accreditation) may apply for high-demand event tickets beginning four days before the designated session by either: 
a. Signing up outside the USOC office in the MPC, or 
b. Sending an email to Bill Hancock (  

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

Two Days Prior:   Deadline for ticket requests, 5 p.m.
One Day Prior:   List of recipients posted outside USOC office at MPC, 11 a.m.
  Media may pick up tickets at USOC office in MPC, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Day Of:   Media may pick up tickets at USOC office at MPC, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
  Deadline to pick up tickets, 2 p.m. 
  Unclaimed tickets issued to those on waiting list, 2 p.m.

3. Media must pick up their own tickets in-person at the MPC – a signature and photo ID will be required. With written or email authorization (via Bill Hancock) from the sports editor, a media representative may pick up a ticket that has been allocated for a colleague from the same publication. 

4. Media who no longer need their tickets should contact Bill Hancock immediately so the tickets can be reallocated to other U.S. media representatives.

The USOC communications staff (including National Governing Body representatives) 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