CoSport, the official re-seller of Rio 2016 Olympic tickets for the United States, is temporarily suspending ticket sales due to technical issues. Today, May 19th, was the scheduled start date for the next phase of Olympic ticket sales. In a statement released by the company, they said they require more time to resolve a technical problem discovered in their final round testing. At this time, an alternative date for ticket sales has not been scheduled.
Below is the official statement released by CoSport:
Please excuse the late notice but in the interest of delivering the best possible Individual Ticket sales experience, we have decided to postpone our next ticket sales phase (previously scheduled for May 19, 2015).
An unforeseen technical issue was identified in our final rounds of testing that will require more time to resolve than we have before the intended launch We remain committed to providing fans uncomplicated access to Individual Tickets and believe the issue we have identified threatens that experience.
No alternative date/time for the next Individual Ticket sales phase has been decided though we will of course share our plans as soon as possible here on the CoSport website as well as via email.
We sincerely appreciate your understanding and patience as we resolve the technical issues identified this evening – should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the CoSport team at your convenience.
You can find the full detailing of the process on the Rio 2016 website here, but SwimSwam’s Jared Anderson boiled down the process below. Fans can register for the Rio Ticket web portal to receive updates on the process as well as reminders about key dates.
- March 2015: Brazilian fans get the first crack at tickets, applying for an opportunity to buy tickets in the first draw in March of 2015
- March 2015: Non-Brazil residents can buy tickets through a registered re-seller. Authorized resellers for foreign countries will be listed on this page. (For U.S. fans, the approved seller is CoSport, which you can find here.)
- June 2015: The results of the first draw will be announced, with selected applicants able to purchase their tickets.
- July 2015: Brazil residents get to register for the second draw. Note: only those who applied for the first draw will be eligible to apply again.
- August 2015: Results of the second draw will be announced.
- October 2015: Unsold tickets after the two draws will go on sale for Brazil residents with no random draw.
- May 2016: Tickets mailed to buyers who wish to have their tickets delivered.
- June 2016: Tickets available for pickup.