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Tickets for Athens Olympics Go on Sale

May 12, 2003

ATHENS, Greece (AP) _ Tickets for the 2004 Olympics went on sale to the public Monday, with the initial response exceeding that of the Sydney Games.

Early indications show a ``very high demand,″ said Mary Manolopoulou, the 2004 ticketing manager. She declined to give figures.

She said requests from national Olympic committees _ which sell tickets to the public _ outpaced initial orders for the 2000 Games.

About 2.3 million tickets have been available to Olympic sponsors and IOC officials. The remaining 3 million tickets reserved for the public will be on sale until June 12.

Of the total tickets available, 3.6 million, or 68 percent, will cost between $11 and $33. The top price for a sports event will be $327 while tickets for the opening ceremony range from $109 to $1,035.

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On the Net:

Athens 2004 ticket information site: http://www.athens2004.com/tickets

Athens 2004 site: http://www.athens2004.gr

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