Posted: Feb 28, 2010 7:38 AM by Associated Press
It's hard to say if Olympic records are being set, but tickets for Sunday's Canada-U.S. gold medal hockey match may be the hottest in the history of Canadian sports.
On the official fan-to-fan resale Web site run by the Vancouver Organizing Committee, seats were being offered for several thousand dollars apiece.
On Craigslist, many of the tickets on sale were going for more than $4,000, and one seller was offering two "awesome seats" for $14,999 -- cash only.
Canada, playing before rabid fans in the nation that invented hockey, will be taking on a strong U.S. team that prevailed 5-3 when the two teams met in the preliminary round. Even before the Olympics started, Canadians were suggesting that anything less than a gold medal would be a devastating blow.
The game is expected to become the most-watched sports event ever in Canada, likely breaking the mark of 10.6 million TV viewers for the preliminary-round Canada-U.S. game.
Organizers were philosophical Saturday when asked about the high ticket prices.
"No one is being forced to buy tickets they don't want," said Mark Adams, a spokesman for the International Olympic Committee.