- © RIA Novosti. Alex Kryazhev
© RIA Novosti. Alex Kryazhev
MOSCOW, January 21 (R-Sport) - Ticket prices for the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics will range from $33 to $1,320, according to a report published Monday in Russian daily Izvestia.
The prices appear to reflect chief organizer Dmitry Chernyshenko's pledge to cater to pockets of all sizes for the February 2014 extravaganza.
Hockey fans will be hit the hardest, as usual, with the most expensive tickets running at 40,000 rubles ($1,320) for the men's final, the newspaper said. The cheapest seats are to go for 7,000 rubles ($230).
Figure skating is the next most popular event after hockey, and the prices reflect that: Catching the men's and women's singles programs will set spectators back $65 to $650.
Those hoping to enjoy the Games on a shoestring may wish to attend the women's luge, where tickets will be on offer for $33. Entry to the biathlon, ski jump, speedskating and curling events will be available at $50 to $214.
The report has prompted Sochi organizers to issue a statement saying that the final prices were yet to be confirmed.
"The order and conditions of ticket acquisition will be announced by the organizing committee together with the start of sales" in February.
"Most of the tickets will be available in the following price categories: 1,000 ($33), 1,500 ($50), 2,500 ($82), 3,000 ($100)."
Sports fans wishing to simply soak up the Olympic atmosphere can pay $6 for entry to the Olympic Park without competition access.
Russian President Vladimir Putin earlier this month signed into law a bill imposing fines of up to $33,000 for touts caught making money from tickets at the Games.