Almost 1m Olympic Tickets On Sale On Friday
Tuesday 8th May 2012
Nearly a million Olympic tickets will go on sale this Friday at 11am - with priority for the 20,000 people who missed out on London 2012 tickets in both the 1st and 2nd ballots last year.
They will have 31 hours exclusive access to buy tickets, from almost 50,000 athletics tickets and 5,000 for Opening Ceremony, on a first come first served basis but will be limited to one session for maximum of 4 people.
Then from Sunday May 13th - another million people who applied in the initial ballot but were unsuccessful will have 5 days to buy tickets online again but with different sports over five days. Hockey, tennis wrestling and beach volleyball tickets are available on the first day for example.
The London Organising Commitee (LOCOG) has also confirmed for the first time 70,000 Olympic Park tickets - so able to walk around the Park and watch the big screen - will be available and sold on 5th day of sales on May 17th. These will be on sale at £10 for adults and £5 for young people and seniors.
LOCOG Chair Sebastian Coe said, "We know thousands of sports fans were disappointed when they missed out in the initial sales period because of the massive demand for tickets. We promised we would prioritise these fans when we released the contingency tickets, which is exactly what we are doing."
LOCOG say those eligible will be contacted directly via email from today. Unsold tickets on each day will be carried forward to the next day's sales. The schedule for the contingency sales period is:
11 May 2012 from 11am to 6pm on 12 May, tickets will be on sale for that group of 20,000 people in an exclusive pre-sale. There will be tickets for all events apart from Olympic Park tickets. Limited tickets for Opening and Closing Ceremonies will be included.
13 May 2012 - from 11am - Hockey, Tennis, Wrestling (Freestyle), Wrestling (Greco-Roman), Beach Volleyball and Football
14 May 2012 - from 11am - Athletics (Race Walk), Athletics (Marathon), Canoe Slalom, Canoe Sprint, Shooting, Swimming, Volleyball, Weightlifting and Cycling (Track)
15 May 2012 - from 11am - Equestrian (Dressage), Equestrian (Eventing), Equestrian (Jumping), Diving, Synchronised Swimming, Handball, Table Tennis, Swimming (Marathon) and Water Polo
16 May 2012 - from 11am - Basketball (North Greenwich Arena sessions), Badminton, Sailing, Gymnastics (Artistic), Gymnastics (Rhythmic), Gymnastics (Trampoline), Judo, Taekwondo, Boxing and Fencing
17 May 2012 - from 11am - Archery, Basketball (Basketball Arena sessions), Cycling (BMX), Cycling (Mountain Bike), Cycling (Road), Modern Pentathlon, Rowing, Triathlon and Olympic Park tickets
London 2012 has also confirmed its 'babes in arms' policy where babies aged 12 months or under will be permitted access without a ticket apart from Wembley Stadium, St James' Park, Old Trafford and North Greenwich Arena where existing licensing agreements means everyone needs a ticket!
If there are any Olympic tickets left they will be open for the general public to buy from May 23rd. The remaining Paralympic ticket sales will start on May 21st at 11am - exactly 100 days before the opening ceremony.
At the end of the month, LOCOG has also confirmed new tickets will be on sale from May 29th which they say 'will help more people get to the Games'. But there's already been criticism for charging for Cycling Road Race at Box Hill in Surrey £15 an adult and £5 concession as they were previously supposed to be free. Tickets also available to buy now for Cycling Individual Time Trial at Hampton Court Palace and for Henman Hill at Wimbledon.
Tickets to go to the top of the Mittal Orbit in the Olympic Park will also go on sale on May 29th, the giant red sculpture designed by Anish Kapoor, but only for people who have an Olympic Park ticket or a sport ticket for an event in the Olympic Park for the day they wish to visit.
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