(ATR) Millions of residents in Japan are left without tickets after phase one of the Tokyo 2020 process is completed.
The winners and losers of the ticket lottery were informed on Thursday.
IOC President Thomas Bach says its a good sign that many have ordered tickets. He says it's better to have too few, rather than too many tickets available.
Speaking in Lausanne on Thursday, Bach said the high demand for tickets is a positive direction for Tokyo 2020, along with Tokyo being the most advanced city in preparation for the Olympic Games.
For previous games, such as Rio 2016 and Pyeongchang 2018, there were many empty seats at numerous venues and often volunteers would fill the vacant seats when an event was being televised.
According to the Associated Press
, the opening ceremony on July 24 features the most expensive ticket - 300,000 yen ($2,700). The most expensive ticket for the closing ceremony is 220,000 yen ($2,000).
While organizers declined to disclose the total number of ticket applications, they did share that 7.5 million ID registrations were recorded in the system. Anyone wanting to enter the lottery had to register.
The registrations almost equal the total number of tickets available, which Tokyo 2020 organizers have said is about 7.8 million. And that doesn't take into account the estimated 20 to 30 percent of sales that will come from outside of Japan.
The Authorized Ticket Resellers (ATRs) for each country have different deadlines with sales that began as early as June 15.
But the expectation should be that many applicants outside of Japan may also face a ticket shortage, as the demand for tickets is expected to far surpass availability.
For those who did not score any tickets, didn't get the ones they desired or want to try for more events, the next phases of ticketing will be on a first-come, first-served basis.
In Japan, these tickets will go on sale in the fall of 2019 while global tickets will be available in the spring of 2020.
Online ticket sales for the 2020 Paralympic Games will begin this summer with in-person sales in the summer of 2020.
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Written by Greer Wilson.
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