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London 2012: More Olympics tickets to go on sale

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Some 2.3 million tickets for London 2012 are set to go on sale next week, organisers have announced.

The tickets, for people who were unsuccessful in the initial ballot, will go on sale at 0600 BST on 24 June on a first come, first served basis.

Of these, 1.7 million are for football matches and 600,000 for other sports, including archery and hockey.

Nearly two-thirds of applicants - some 1.2 million out of 1.9 million - missed out on tickets first time around.

London 2012 chairman Sebastian Coe said: "It has been a massive demand which has created huge disappointment.

"I would be hard pushed to see such a demand for any sports event in my lifetime."

Organisers were "absolutely determined" to get tickets to those who had missed out, he added.

"Our commitment is to get two-thirds of those 1.9 million people to buy a ticket for the 2012 Games if they want to - and we know... they were involved in the application process, are mad sports fans and they want to be there."

Tickets are still available for 310 sessions, 44 of which are medal events including archery, basketball, fencing, judo, synchronised swimming and table tennis.

Available sessions

Some half a million tickets will be priced at £20 or less, with a further one million priced between £20 and £50.

Organiser Locog has published a detailed list of which sports, sessions and price categories are available, which they have sent to applicants who did not receive tickets in the ballot.

Applicants will find out whether they have been successful within 24 to 48 hours of applying. Payment will be taken once the sale closes at 1800 BST on 3 July.

Those who were successful in the first ballot will then get another chance to buy from 0600 BST on 8 July to 1800 BST on 17 July.

Sports fans will be able to apply for up to three sessions and six tickets per session for most sports, although football, volleyball and race walk will have larger limits.

BBC sports news correspondent James Pearce said the ticketing system was not designed for a first come, first serve basis, so the system will not automatically know when all tickets for a session have gone.

He said staff would have to monitor sales in order to remove a session when sold out.

In the first round of sales:

  • Demand was greatest for the opening ceremony, athletics, track cycling, swimming and artistic gymnastics
  • More than two million ticket requests were received for the opening ceremony, with 1.5 million applications for the cheapest ones
  • More than a million ticket requests were received for the men's 100m final - 62 for every ticket sold
  • A third of all tickets were bought by people in London and a third by people in the Home Counties
  • The average successful buyer would have got about four tickets for about £275

Locog said its predictions indicated more than a million tickets would become available between December 2011 and the start of the games.

These will come through returns and as the final seating plans for the venues are finalised.

Organisers expect that the 2.3 million tickets going on sale in the second round will put them on track to hit £400m of its total £500m target of revenue from ticket sales.

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