Tickets have gone on sale for the 2018 Winter Paralympic Games in Pyeongchang ©Pyeongchang 2018

Tickets for next year's Winter Paralympic Games in Pyeongchang have officially gone on sale in South Korea to mark 200 days until the start of the event.

A total of 280,000 tickets will be on sale for the Games, due to take place from March 9 until 18 next year, featuring 670 athletes competing in 80 events in six different sports.

Cheapest tickets are for biathlon, cross-country skiing and snowboarding at KRW16,000 won (£11/$14/€12) each.

The most expensive are for the Opening Ceremony.

They will cost KRW140,000 (£95/$123/€105), while prices for the Closing Ceremony tickets range from KRW10,000 (£6/$9/€7) to KRW70,000 (£48/$61/€52).

Prices for the preliminaries, semi-finals and finals for ice hockey and wheelchair curling will range from KRW10,000 (£7/$9/€8) to KRW50,000 won (£34/$44/€38).

Tickets will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis, with people able to buy up to 50 tickets. 

People deemed of national merit, people with disabilities, seniors over 65-years-of-age and local residents of host cities will receive 50 per cent discounts on their tickets.

Government agencies, regional Governments and non-profit organisations will get 30 per cent group discounts.

Discounts will not apply to the Opening and Closing Ceremonies or the ice hockey finals.

All Paralympic Winter Games tickets will include free access to the Games public transport system. 

Spectators will also be able to enjoy an array of performances as part of the Cultural Olympiad that will run throughout the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games in the Olympic Plaza, Olympic Park and other public celebration sites.

Tickets for the 2018 Winter Paralympic Games in Pyeongchang range from $7 to $105 ©Pyeongchang 2018
Tickets for the 2018 Winter Paralympic Games in Pyeongchang range from $7 to $105 ©Pyeongchang 2018

Tickets will initially only be sold online, but from November 6 dedicated ticketing counters will also be operating at the host nation’s two main airports - Incheon International Airport and Gimpo International Airport - and 19 high-speed railway stations,

They will also be available at Seoul City Hall, Gangwon Provincial Office, Gangneung City Hall and at a selection of other Government organisation locations.

"The launch of ticket sales is always a special moment for all Paralympic Games," International Paralympic Committee President Sir Philip Craven said.

"We hope that the South Korean public, who may not have seen Paralympic sport before, turn out in force to take in the action and support the athletes of all nations.

"Paralympic winter sport is absolutely spectacular, hugely entertaining and most certainly not to be missed. 

"From the big hits and goals in Para ice hockey, to the sight of a visually impaired skier taking on the downhill at speeds of up to 100 kilometres, the sport at Pyeongchang 2018 will be like nothing ever witnessed before in Korea. I am confident that those who attend will be amazed and hungry for more."

Sir Philip and the IPC have regularly warned Pyeongchang 2018 that they need to do more to raise awareness of the event but local officials hope to sell 70 per cent of tickets within South Korea. 

"Today marks 200 days to go until we gather in Pyeongchang to celebrate and witness the Paralympic Winter Games and we want everyone to be part of it," Lee Hee-beom, President of Pyeongchang 2018, said.

"We hope that our nation can help create a passion and excitement around the Games that gives the athletes a great experience in Korea and the best possible atmosphere for them to shine."

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