Accesso Technology is to partner with the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games to provide a fully integrated ticketing platform for its Opening Ceremony.

The Opening Ceremony, which will take place July 1 at the University of Washington’s Husky Stadium, will utilise the company’s accesso ShoWare solution, a cloud-based Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) for ticket sales and distribution.

The ticketing software will allow attendees to purchase tickets for the ceremony either on-site or online, while enabling event organisers to seamlessly integrate and manage the ticketing process on a single platform.

More than 4,000 athletes and coaches, supported by tens of thousands of volunteers and spectators will compete in 14 Olympic-type team and individual sports. The Opening Ceremony marks the official start of six days of competition and events.

“The Special Olympics USA Games is a monumental celebration of the joy of inclusive sport, shared by our athletes, their families and supporters,” said Eric Corning, vice president of production for the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games.

“With the help of Accesso, we look forward to providing a seamless ticket-purchasing experience for our fans and spectators as we celebrate the start of the 2018 USA Games at the Opening Ceremony.”

The 2018 Special Olympics USA Games will benefit from a range of features to customise and enhance its ticket sales. Patrons will have the ability to select their tickets directly on the Games’ secure website, or purchase tickets on-site via the accesso ShoWare box office module, which integrates and syncs with online sales in real time.

The solution will also provide event operators with access to comprehensive data and reporting on purchase patterns, ticket availability and other user behaviour.

“We are extremely proud to partner with the 2018 Special Olympics USAGames, an essential sports competition that promotes social inclusion and underlines the importance of ensuring accessibility for everyone,” said Steve Brown, accesso chief executive. “We look forward to providing a seamless experience for the Opening Ceremony and being part of this inspirational community.”

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