BOCOG (Beijing Organizing Committee for the Olympic Games) is giving you one more shot at getting Olympic tickets . Friday, July 25, at 9 a.m., Phase 4 tickets go on sale at box offices around Beijing. BOCOG says there are 820,000 tickets left, 250,000 of which are for competitions taking place in the capital. There will be a two-ticket per person purchase limit.
A list of ticket booths is below. The BBC’s Olympic venue map is a great place to start if you don’t know the location of an Olympic site. For a map that’s less geographically detailed but includes the venues’ Mandarin names, check out ChinesePod’s Olympics site, where you can also pick up some last-minute Olympic-themed language lessons.
Get there early, and bring your passport and your patience. Cash and Visa cards are the only two forms of payment that will be accepted. The box offices close at 6 p.m., but it’s a safe bet that tickets will be sold out long before then.
Beijing’s main ticket outlet is on the north side of Beitucheng Road, on the west side of the public transportation parking space. Subway lines 8 and 10 meet at Beitucheng. This booth will sell tickets for events hosted at the following venues:
National Stadium (Bird’s Nest)
National Aquatics Center (Water Cube)
National Indoor Stadium
Fencing Hall of National Convention Center
Beijing Wukesong Sports Center Baseball Field
Box offices at football (soccer) preliminaries sites—Shanghai, Tianjin, Shenyang and Qinhuangdao—will only sell tickets for events they are hosting.
According to BOCOG’s ticketing site, the following venues will have booths selling tickets only for events that they are hosting:
Olympic Green North venue cluster
Olympic Sports Center venue cluster
Wukesong venue cluster
Beijing Shooting Range CTF/Hall
Fengtai Sports Center Softball Field
Capital Indoor Stadium
Peking University Gymnasium
Beijing University of Technology Gymnasium
Beijing Institute of Technology Gymnasium
Beijing University of Aeronautics & Astronautics Gymnasium
Beijing Science and Technology University Gymnasium
China Agricultural University Gymnasium
Shunyi Olympic Rowing-Canoeing Park
Chaoyang Park Beach Volleyball Ground
Beijing Workers’ Stadium
Beijing Workers’ Gymnasium
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