By Daniel Etchells

Tickets for the Rio 2016 Opening Ceremony at the Maracanã Stadium are the most sought after ©Getty ImagesRio 2016 received as many as 750,000 ticket applications from Brazilian residents within the first 24 hours of them going on sale earlier this week, they have claimed. 

Tickets for the Opening Ceremony, scheduled to take place at the Maracanã Stadium on August 5, are the most sought after starting at BRL R$200 (£43/$64/€58), with the finals of volleyball, football and basketball also proving to be a major draw. 

In all, about 7.5 million tickets will be put on sale for Rio 2016, with more than half being priced at BRL R$70 (£15/$22/€20) or less.

"After just one day, the number of applications is the equivalent of 10 per cent of the total number of tickets available," said Rio 2016 ticketing director Donovan Ferreti.

"This shows that Brazilians understand that now is the best chance to get tickets."

The host nation has high medal hopes in men's volleyball, having reached the final at the last three Olympics, before which they won gold at Athens 2004, and is reflected in the fact that tickets for the final at the Maracanãzinho on August 21 are the second most requested.

The starting price of BRL R$350 (£75/$112/€102) is slightly less than that for men's football final tickets, the third most requested at BRL R$380 (£81/$121/€110).

Brazil will be vying for their first Olympic gold medal in the world's most popular sport, with the Maracanã in line to host the final on August 20.

The Maracanãzinho will host the finals of the men's and women's volleyball, in which Brazil have high hopes of success ©Getty ImagesThe Maracanãzinho will host the finals of the men's and women's volleyball, in which Brazil have high hopes of success ©Getty Images

The fourth most requested event is the women's volleyball final at the Maracanãzinho on August 20, when the Brazilians will be hoping to challenge for their third Olympic title.

Tickets for the match start at BRL R$260 (£56/$83/€76), while those for the men's basketball final, the fifth most requested, begin at BRL R$350 (£75/$112/€102).

The United States will be aiming to secure a 15th Olympic gold medal at the Carioca Arena one in the Barra Olympic Park on August 21.

Brazilian residents have until April 30 to request tickets in the first draw, the results of which will be announced in June.

Only those who entered the first draw will be able to apply in the second draw, which is due to open in July ahead of the results being announced in August.

The cheapest tickets will be BRL R$40 (£9/$12/€11.50), while the most expensive ticket for a sports event will be BRL R$1,200 (£251/$373/€347), and the most expensive Opening Ceremony ticket will be BRL R$4,600 (£962/$1,428/€1,331).

Complete information on how to apply for tickets can be found in English by clicking here.

Non-residents of Brazil are able to establish the identity of the Authorised Ticket Reseller in their respective country by clicking here

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