New Batch of Olympic Tickets Goes on Sale

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Salt Lake City, Utah Nov. 6, 2001 (AP by Paul Foy)--Every time Olympic organizers seem to run out of top tickets, they come up with more.

More prime tickets went up for sale Monday for the 2002 Winter Games, with fans who already hold some getting first crack at more. Newcomers will get their chance starting Wednesday.

The new batch of 36,000 tickets was made possible by the release of seats held in reserve for logistical reasons or for foreign Olympic committees.

Salt Lake organizers also are breaking down five-ticket packages that tanked with the U.S. public, offering two-ticket deals instead.

Because of tight quarters at Park City, all giant slalom and snowboarding events have sold out, but tickets remain for other alpine events, including the men's downhill.

Other tickets are available for figure skating, hockey, freestyle aerials, moguls, speedskating, bobsled and luge.

Tickets to the most popular events, including figure skating, hockey and aerials, are being offered only as part of a package of two events.

Still, individual tickets can be bought for 141 events, including opening ceremony, some figure and speed skating, hockey semifinals, and bobsled.

Monday brought an almost immediate $600,000 in new ticket orders for organizers, who've raised $167 million so far selling about 85 percent of their ticket total.

Organizers hope to take in $185 million in ticket sales _ twice as much as at the 1998 Nagano Games. Salt Lake's tickets cost more, and some of its venues offer more seating than Nagano's.

Salt Lake tickets range from $20 for cross-country skiing to $885 for the opening ceremony. Many tickets to popular events go for hundreds of dollars.

Tickets can be bought from 1-800-TICKETS or the Olympic Web site at http://www.saltlake2002.com