The first official Sydney 2000 Olympic Ticket Box Office opened in Newcastle today, at 385 Hunter Street, Newcastle.

Declaring the Box Office officially open, Newcastle Knights rugby league legend Paul Harragon and Newcastle City Councillor, John Fahy called on the people of Newcastle to support their local athletes by going to Games events and cheering them on.

‘We already have a number of athletes from the Newcastle and Hunter region who are going to the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games — top athletes like softball team member Natalie Ward, ‘ Paul Harragon said.

‘What a great way to show support by attending those events in which our local stars are competing and cheering them on.

‘Newcastle and Hunter Valley residents have always shown support for local sporting prowess — look at the support the Knights have had over the years — and what a great way to enjoy the Olympic experience by barracking for a local Olympian.’

Along with Glen-Marie Frost, Sydney 2000 General Manager, Communications and Community relations, Paul officially opened the Newcastle Box Office in Hunter Street with Councillor John Fahy.

‘Today’s opening means that people from Newcastle and the Hunter region can walk in off the street, buy a ticket to the events they want to see and walk out with their ticket in their hand, knowing that they will be at Australia’s Olympic Games in just 60 days time,’ said Glen-Marie Frost..

‘And if they choose to go to some of the preliminary rounds of the events local athletes are competing in, they will get to see them fulfil their Olympic dream – and watch the world’s best as well.’

The Sydney 2000 Olympic Ticket Box Office is located at 385 Hunter Street, Newcastle. Hours of operation are Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm. All tickets are now available through the Newcastle box office or the Official Olympic Ticket Hotline – 13 72 79 – except, rhythmic gymnastics, track cycling, swimming, triathlon and opening ceremony.

Source: SOCOG