Ticket prices for 2016 Paralympic Games announced, swimming among most expensive sports

The Rio 2016 Olympic Games have released ticket prices for the Paralympic sporting events, and the swimming portion ranks near the top in price ranges.

That’s obviously bad news for fans hoping to watch the swimming portion of the Paralympics, but good news for the sport in general, which is apparently attracting enough of an audience to rate so highly in ticket prices.

The top-tier tickets for the finals sessions will go for as much as 90 Brazilian Real (BRL), which roughly converts to $28.46 in American dollars.

You can find finals tickets on the Rio 2016 ticket pricing guide for as low as 50 BRL, or $15.81 a session. Prelims tickets run from 40 BRL ($12.65) per session to 60 BRL ($18.97) per session.

The only sports with higher price ranges than that appear to be athletics, 5-a-side football and wheelchair basketball, which blows away all other sports with sessions as expensive as 130 BRL, or $41.11 in US Dollars.

You can check out full pricing on all Paralympic sports in the Rio 2016 pricing guide here.

You can learn more about the Games on the Rio 2016 site here.

You can look into specific vendors from whom to buy tickets based on your country using the Rio 2016 site’s spectators page here.

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These prices reflect the strength of the Brazillian team and the investment the Brazillian Paralympic Committee directed towards their swimmers. However, their S10 superstars are getting old. Andre Brasil is already showing cracks in the armour. One has to wonder if Brazil invested in eliminating the S10 competition in USA’s Silverman’s classing out. Certainly the Canadian’s are suspect. The IPC has a moral and PR dilemma to address. Silverman had the points to be a Paralympian on land but be “classed out” because of a water assessment. Older athletes were not subject to this rule. Will the IPC level the playing field and apply the same rules to all and risk losing Brasil not competing in Brazil? One has to… Read more »



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