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For select events where demand for press seating and photo positions exceeds availability, the International Olympic Committee will require that media representatives have tickets — in addition to a credential — for venue access.
Only media with E, EP and ET accreditation are eligible to receive tickets for high-demand events.
The following sessions have preliminarily been considered high-demand events and are subject to ticketing:
  • Opening and Closing Ceremonies
  • Figure skating finals
  • Men's hockey quarterfinals through finals
  • USA-Russia men's hockey preliminary-round game
Other sessions may be added as high-demand events throughout the duration of the Games at the discretion of the IOC and Sochi 2014.
  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 the MPC, or
    2. Sending an email to Bill Hancock of the USOC communications staff (Bill.Hancock@usoc.org)
  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.
    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@usoc.org) 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
2014 U.S. Olympic Team Media Guide