Posted by: PPHR | February 1, 2010

11 Days to Go! Things to Know if You’re Going to the 2010 Olympic Games

Top tips to enhance spectators’ Olympic experience

With less than two weeks to go before the Opening Ceremony of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, spectators are being encouraged to plan ahead and “Know Before You Go.” Today’s spectator tips: what Olympic spectators need to know about clearing security at a venue.

Attending the Olympic Games is different than any other event and to help spectators get ready, a series of spectator experience tips will be issued leading up to February 12th to make sure everyone has a truly enjoyable Games experience. Future tips will include what to wear, how to get there and what to bring.

More information is available at and in spectator guides that were delivered with tickets.

Spectator tips for clearing security at Olympic venues:

1. Arrive early: Don’t miss the start of competition. Know before you go and leave plenty of time to clear the security screening. Entering an Olympic venue will take longer than traditional events.

City Venues: Gates open two hours before the start of competition

Mountain venues: Gates open three hours before the start of competition at Whistler and Cypress Mountain venues.

Opening and Closing Ceremonies: Gates open four hours early.

2. Check tickets: Make sure your ticket has the correct session code. Treat your tickets like cash. Lost or stolen tickets cannot be replaced or refunded.

3. Bring the smallest bag possible: If you have a bag smaller than a bread box (15 cm x 15 cm x 30 cm or 6 in x 6 in x 12 in), or no bag at all, you can use the express lane to enter the venue. Spectators carrying larger bags will follow the standard lane. Lanes will be clearly marked.

4. Be prepared: Read the spectator guide or check the list of permissible items at All spectators will be asked to pass through a magnetometer (metal detector). Help expedite the process by emptying pockets of all metal objects.

5. Follow instructions: Public information marshals will be welcoming spectators to expedite their entry into the venue and communicate key information to assist everyone in moving smoothly.

For the most up-to-date information available now and during the Games, visit The section reviews transportation options, venue specific recommendations and directions, ceremonies and celebration information as well as providing detailed lists of prohibited and restricted actions and items. Spectators can also sign up for immediate alerts and notifications through their mobile phones or e-mail accounts. Information is also available in the spectator guides that were delivered with tickets and on maps available at Vancouver 2010 information kiosks downtown, partner locations and at tourism offices.


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