(BEIJING, August 27) -- Recently, the Beijing Organizing Committee for the Games of the XXIX Olympiad (BOCOG) released the outcomes of the first phase of the Olympic ticket sales. Over 300,000 people across the Chinese mainland managed to successfully reserve 1,593,345 tickets to the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, including 26,000 tickets for the opening ceremony.
The ticket lottery included winners from all 31 provinces, autonomous regions, and municipalities of the Chinese mainland, with 44% of the winners representing Beijing. The national lottery win rate was 4.7% for opening ceremony tickets and 15.1% for closing ceremony tickets.
The Phase I ticket sales results also show a wide range in the age of the ticket lottery winners. The youngest winner is a one-year old, and the oldest is 88 years old.
The first phase of the Olympic ticket sales began on April 15, 2007 and ended at midnight, June 30, 2007. During this period, the Beijing Olympic ticketing center received more than 720,000 applications requesting 5.18 million tickets. Due to higher demand for some tickets, 72% of the 2.2 million tickets available to the public during Phase I were sold.
Beijing residents accounted for 46% of the total Phase I ticket applications 42% of the requested tickets. A significant number of applications also came from Guangdong province, Shanghai, Hebei province, Jiangsu province, and Zhejiang province.
The second phase of Beijing Olympic ticket sales will begin in October and will follow a first-come-first-serve policy. Tickets can be reserved through the official Beijing Olympic ticketing website, the Olympic ticket sales hotline (952008) and at designated Olympic ticket sales points at over 1,000 participating Bank of China branches.