This is a summary of how to purchase tickets to go to the Rio 2016 Olympics in Brazil. It will take you to a whole new sphere in ticketing because there are a number of requirements that you may not have experienced before. In addition to the 5 venues, in a language that most of us do not understand, there will be specific ticket resellers known as ATRs – Authorized Ticket Resellers, www.rio2016.com/spectators – who have been approved to sell tickets to anyone who lives outside of Brazil.
For persons who live in Brazil, there are also requirements. Anyone who buys tickets must first be over 18 years of age and have a CPF number – similar to a tax id or social security number. For Members Only (coming soon) – we will be posting the process for getting a CPF number. The identification used to register for tickets must be used to register AND purchase the tickets.
The Ticket Purchase is in 4 stages:
I. Registration – fill out name, address and other data as well as the sports events you would like to see
II. March 2015 – first of two (2) random draws for tickets (all tickets purchased prior to March 2015 will be eligible for this draw). The process of a draw is being used to ensure ticket sales are fair and transparent. It is an independent selection process used to ensure the reliability of the process. To qualify for the next draw, go to the Rio 2016 website to register and to submit an application.
III. October 2015 – second draw which is on a first-come-first-serve basis
IV. June 2016 – spectators can buy any of the remaining ticket at the Olympic box offices.
There are a number of places to purchase tickets but we warn you, it can be confusing. Try the following websites: http://www.tickets4summergames.com/ or http://www.rio2016.com/en (see the Ticketing Guide – All You Need To Know). Changes/updates are being made all the time, so check and recheck any details by registering for the Rio 2006 Newsletters – http://www.rio2016.com/en/news/newsletter.
It has been announced that tickets will also be available at the box office. WARNING! They probably will not be the best of the best seats since the intent is to fill the stadiums at all cost.
RECAP – All persons who live outside of Brazil must purchase tickets through Approved Ticket Resellers (ATRs) for your area of the world. If you decide to get someone who lives in Brazil to purchase tickets for you, remember, the ID (identification) used has to be the SAME for both the registration and the purchase process and will be closely scrutinized. To be sure that you and your family are not disappointed, check the requirements for purchase in the Ticketing Guide referenced above.