IPC claim 'unprecedented' demand for Tokyo 2020 tickets

11 Dec 2019

By: Sport Industry Group

The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) says there has been record ticket demand ahead of the Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020, which begin on 25th August.

The IPC says that 3.1m tickets have been requested during the first Paralympic Games lottery. That number is three times more than were requested during the same period for the London 2012 Paralympics and also surpasses the 2.3 million tickets available for the Games themselves, which take place between 25th August and 6th September 2020.

Around 600,000 tickets were purchased in the first Paralympic ticket lottery, while the next one is set for 15-29 January 2020.

IPC President Andrew Parsons said: “I am ecstatic, this is completely unprecedented and proves the huge interest there is for the Paralympics in Tokyo and Japan. It shows we are on course for the best Paralympics yet.

“It will be hugely motivating for the Para athletes to compete in front of packed stadiums and to see how an entire country embraces the Paralympic Games in such a unique and fantastic way.

“I have said it before and will repeat it again; I am certain Tokyo 2020 will produce the biggest transformational impact on society than any of the previous editions of the Paralympic Games.

"The interest in the Games is a result of the fantastic work by Tokyo 2020, national government, Tokyo Metropolitan Government, media and partners. We could not be more pleased."

The IPC says ticket prices for Paralympic events reflects the Organising Committee’s desire to enhance the family atmosphere at the Games, with places costing no more than JPY 7,000 (£49) and starting at JPY 900 (£6.30). Tickets for the Opening and Closing Ceremonies, however, will cost from JPY 8,000 (£56) up to JPY 150,000 (£1049.25).