If you’re heading for the World Equestrian Games in France later this year, mark March 4 on your calendar as that is when the final ticketing phase opens.
Individual tickets will go on sale to the public on March 4, in what is the final step in the ticketing process which began last June. Some 200,000 tickets will be on sale that day, with more than 80 percent of those tickets being for the Olympic disciplines.
Tickets for showjumping’s ‘Final Four’ will go on sale in late April, with online registration required before lots are drawn.
Organisers say that the system of ticketing for WEG 2014 in Normandy, from August 23 to September 7, was devised to “make the event accessible to the greatest number of people” through affordable rates (which start at €5 and average €25), and to “enable the event’s different audiences to find the offer that best suits their requirements”.
The organisers have placed the emphasis on optimising occupancy rates, taking into account the different facilities and the public’s usual aspirations for a particular discipline. “The places for reining, vaulting, para-dressage and endurance are likely to be snapped up very quickly, given the little remaining availability compared with jumping or eventing, which boast a larger capacity.”
More than 210,000 tickets have already been sold to the games, with visitors from outside France bagging half the available places. Britain tops the leaderboard with ticket orders with 20%, followed by the USA with 18%, Germany with 17%, Australia with 15%, Belgium with 13% and the Netherlands with 7%. Twenty countries share the remaining 10%. It is ultimately expected that Norman locals will make up 40% of spectators throughout the games.
Ticket prices ranges are €30 to €80 to attend jumping, from €18 to €60 for dressage, from €12 to €38 for eventing, from €20 to €46 for reining, from €10 to €20 for vaulting, from €10 to €30 for driving, €12 for endurance, €5 for para-dressage, €30 for polo and €8 for horse-ball.
It is expected that many of the overseas spectators will also take time to travel in the area around the time of WEG 2014, as it is the 70th anniversary of the Normandy Landings and the Battle of Normandy.