Olympic Games 1936 Berlin

11th Olympiad


Sports: 24

Events: 150

National Teams: 49

Participants: 4,484


At the 1932 Olympic Games, it was possible to adopt the system customary in the U.S.A. of one price category, or at the most two. In Berlin, however, it was necessary to take into consideration the entirely different financial circumstances and habits of European lovers of sport. This led us to base our division into categories on the system followed in Amsterdam, where, moreover, season tickets for the different sports had been sold. As contrasted with 324 different kinds of tickets in Amsterdam, there were 166 in Los Angeles, and 660 in Berlin.

ticket olympic games 1936 berlin

 The Printing of the Tickets:

The tickets were designed by the artist Werner Beucke and printed by the Giesecke & Devrient Press of Leipzig which specializes in the printing of securities. The firms, Bajanz & Studer, Berlin, and Bireka A. G., Staaken, provided tickets for the elimination rounds as well as tickets needed shortly before or during the Olympic Games (for example, for the repetition of the Festival Play).

Three principles governed the production of the tickets:

1. The print, size and colour of the tickets: as well as the order of the necessary  particulars printed on the 
    tickets, must be such that the many types can be differentiated at a glance.
2. Forgeries must be made practically impossible.
3. The ticket should be an artistic souvenir.

The tickets were divided into four principal types.

ticket olympic games 1936 berlin

1. Tickets for the Olympic Stadium.

They were distinguished from the tickets for all other centres where contests were held by their size:  5 X 2.8 inches. In the centre was a picture of the Olympic Stadium  from an original woodcut. The six  colours for 1st and 2nd stand seats, 3rd stand seats on the east side and on the west side, standing room on the east side and standing room on the west side, were different for the first and second weeks. On the back of the ticket was a plan of the Olympic Stadium.

2. Tickets for other centres of competition.

They were 5.2 X 2.4 inches. In the centre was the Olympic Bell. It was also impossible in this case to have different colours for each category. Therefore a different colour was merely used for each site. On the back of the tickets was a plan showing the location of the different sites. 

ticket olympic games 1936 berlin

3. Tickets placed on sale after July 1st, 1936.

The danger of forgery was not great in the case of these tickets. They were therefore given a simpler form. They were principally tickets for the art exhibition, for the handball and football elimination rounds, half-day and similar tickets. In order to be prepared for unforeseen eventualities, 100,000 general tickets without dates or  mention of location were printed in nine categories. It was necessary  to use these tickets in several instances.

4. Blanket Passes.

These were special tickets of two types. One was of the same size as the Olympic Stadium tickets and valid  only for this site. The other one, which was 5.2 X 2.4 inches, with no place indication, was valid for all events and performances. These passes were for visitors who could prove that their tickets had been lost. In special cases they were also used to fulfil urgent requirements for complimentary tickets, to permit the entry of groups in mass formation and for other special arrangements.

(Source document:   Official Report 1936, Vol. I, page 481)

ticket olympic games 1936 berlin

ticket olympic games 1936 berlin

ticket olympic games 1936 berlin
ticket olympic games 1936 berlin

Numbers of visitors:   3.769.900

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