Incheon 2014: 17th Asian Games makes major announcements
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October 5 - Two major announcements for the 17th Asian Games in Incheon, Korea were revealed this week regarding ticket prices and Korean Air joining as a Prestige Partner.
New ticket prices range from $5 to as much as $900 depending on the event. The Games have 437 events in 36 sports with 49 venues. Tickets to the actual sporting competitions are capped at $30 for the most popular and expensive sports.
Opening and closing ceremonies have much higher prices. A VIP ticket to the opening event on September 9, 2014 at the new Main Stadium is set at $900. A ticket to the closing ceremony on October 4 is $650.
The prices were set by looking at ticket prices for other recent international events and adjusting for inflation, said Kwon Kyung Sang, the secretary general of the Incheon Asian Games Organizing Committee (IAGOC).
The IAGOC says ticket prices for the opening and closing ceremonies are 13 percent less than tickets for the same events at the 16th Asian Games in China in 2010.
Ticket prices were announced after the IAGOC and the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) met for their fifth Coordination Committee meeting that was held at the Hyatt Regency Incheon Hotel.
23 New Venues
The 17th Asian Games will see 23 new venues. Seventeen of these are being built right now and six are in the design phase. The new Main Stadium will seat 61,074 people. Due to be finished in April 2014, it will host opening and closing ceremonies and many athletic events.
Korean Air Partners with the Games
Korean Air has signed on as a Prestige Partner for the 17th Asian Games in Incheon, Korea, in 2014. A signing ceremony was held October 4th.
Chang Hoon Chi, president and COO of Korean Air, Kwon Kyung Sang, secretary general of the Incheon Asian Games Organizing Committee and the retired Lt. Gen. Syed Arif Hasan, vice president of the Olympic Council of Asia and president of the Pakistan Olympic Association attended the signing ceremony.
Korean Air is the first Prestige Partner for the 17th Asian Games in 2014. The agreement also makes the airline a partner in the 4th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games in 2013.
Tissot, the Swiss watch maker, was signed on as a partner and will be the official time keeper for the games. Samsung, SK and Shinhan Bank are expected to sign on as Prestige Partners for the games before the end of the year.
Planning for the Games
The 17th Asian Games is expected to issue 100,000 accreditations. Twenty thousand of these will be given to athletes, officials, and the media. Another 20,000 will go to volunteers for the games.
Incheon will host the 4th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games (AIMAG) next year. This is expected to be a test run for the 17th Asian Games and give the organizers a chance to fine tune the organization. IAGOC president Kim Young Soo said Korea learned some lessons from the London Olympic Games and is ready to host the Asian games.
The 4th AIMAG will run from June 29 to July 6, 2013, and the 17th Asiad from September 19 to October 2014.
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