Tickets for the Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games are now on general sale.
Organizers say more than 160,000 tickets were sold during an early-access sale in September — that’s from about 1.4 million tickets in total.
Pan Am officials say despite the strong early demand, there are still tickets to some of the most popular sports available, including soccer, rugby, baseball and gymnastics.
“There are so many ways that Ontarians and Canadians are embracing these Games – but none are as important as coming out to cheer on the athletes, see records broken and legends born,” Saäd Rafi, CEO of the Pan Am Games organizing committee, said in a release.
“Canadian athletes need to hear your cheers and see our flag,” Safi said.
— TORONTO 2015 (@TO2015) December 8, 2014
Tickets went on sale at 1 p.m. ET. Prices start at $20, and 75 per cent of them are $45 and under. People can buy them online or at 1-855-726-2015.
Tickets are offered at half-price for those under 16, or aged 65 and over, with some starting at $10. However, the number of discounted tickets is limited so officials advise to buy them early.
Sales from the tickets are expected to bring in roughly $40 million, with sponsorships and government subsidies to help cover the rest of the Games’ $2.5-billion price tag.
The Pan Am Games run July 10-26, while the Parapan Games run Aug. 7-15 in locations across the GTA and Hamilton. Athletes from 41 countries in the Americas and the Caribbean will be competing.
Tickets for the Parapan Games go on sale in March.
Organizers predict the international competition will draw 250,000 visitors from outside Ontario, while the rest will likely be local.