London 2012: Olympic ticket priority sales dates revealed

The men's 3000m Steeplechase during the BUCS Outdoor Athletics Championships at the Olympic Stadium on 7 May The Olympic Stadium was tested at the weekend

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Some 900,000 Olympic tickets are going back on sale, starting on Friday for a group of people who were unsuccessful in the ballot and second chance sales.

The 20,000 fans will have an exclusive 31-hour window from 11:00 on 11 May in which to purchase up to four tickets for a single event.

A million other unsuccessful ballot applicants can then apply for tickets from 13-17 May.

Unsold and Olympic Park tickets will then be made available to the public.

Seb Coe, chairman of Games organisers Locog, said: "We're very mindful of the promise we made last summer to get tickets to as many people who applied as possible, and prioritise them in future sales.

"This process only applies to a small group of our dedicated fans. We promised to get tickets into the hands of those who are our biggest fans."

Applicants can try to buy up to four tickets for one event only.

The first priority group of 20,000 people are those who applied in the ballot and then the second chance sale but missed out in the latter, despite applying for apparently available tickets.

Ticket sale eligibility timeline

11-12 May: 20,000 people who missed out in ballot and second chance sales. Must have received an email on 26 June 2011 saying they were unsuccessful. Will be contacted by Locog on 8 May.

13-17 May: One million people who missed out in first ballot and did not subsequently get tickets.

23 May: General public

The ticketing system at that time was meant to be showing "live" availability so they may have thought they had been successful in their application, only to find out by email on 26 June 2011 that they had failed.

They will now be contacted directly via email by Locog on Tuesday 8 May.

The 20,000 will be able to choose from any event including the opening and closing ceremonies, for which limited tickets are available. However Olympic Park tickets will not be part of their sale window.

From 13 to 17 May, the group of one million fans who unsuccessfully applied in the first ballot will have the chance to try to buy tickets, including 70,000 Park tickets.

Different sports are available from 11:00 each day, as follows:

  • 13 May - Hockey, Tennis, Wrestling (Freestyle), Wrestling (Greco-Roman), Beach Volleyball and Football
  • 14 May - Athletics (Race Walk), Athletics (Marathon), Canoe Slalom, Canoe Sprint, Shooting, Swimming, Volleyball, Weightlifting and Cycling (Track)
  • 15 May - Equestrian (Dressage), Equestrian (Eventing), Equestrian (Jumping), Diving, Synchronised Swimming, Handball, Table Tennis, Swimming (Marathon) and Water Polo
  • 16 May - Basketball (North Greenwich Arena sessions), Badminton, Sailing, Gymnastics (Artistic), Gymnastics (Rhythmic), Gymnastics (Trampoline), Judo, Taekwondo, Boxing and Fencing
  • 17 May - Archery, Basketball (Basketball Arena sessions), Cycling (BMX), Cycling (Mountain Bike), Cycling (Road), Modern Pentathlon, Rowing, Triathlon and Olympic Park tickets

Any tickets which are unsold will be rolled forward into the next day's sales. Applicants can only apply for one session and once they are successful will be unable to buy any more tickets during this sales period.

On 23 May any unsold tickets will be made available to the general public and Olympic Park tickets will go on general sale.

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The payment method will be by debit, credit or prepaid Visa card.

From 29 May, new tickets priced from £5 to £15 will go on sale for the cycling road race at Box Hill in Surrey, the cycling individual time trial at Hampton Court Palace, and Wimbledon's Hill area with its big screens.

Those with day tickets for the Olympic Park or for sporting events there can also buy tickets for the same day for the Orbit Tower. Tickets will cost £15 full price and £7 for young people aged 16 or under or seniors aged 60 or over.

Organisers will be hopeful of avoiding the problems which plagued earlier ticket sales.

Chris Edmonds, managing director of Ticketmaster, said: "At times of major activity online, there's potential for slowing up of the ticketing process.

"Constantly clicking refresh on screen doesn't improve your position - once you are in the queue, you're in it and we'll process it, so we're asking people to be patient."

Locog chief executive Paul Deighton warned applicants to be organised.

"It's really important that people plan - they can purchase from one session and they'll then be closed off from the system," he said.

Rules over babies requiring tickets for Olympic events have also been clarified.

Earlier this year there was anger when it was announced that parents whose children were conceived after they had bought tickets would be required to get an extra ticket for their newborn child.

Locog have now confirmed that babes in arms, aged 12 months or under, will be allowed into almost all London 2012 venues without a ticket but strapped securely to a parent or carer in a baby carrier, sling or similar item.

The only exceptions are Wembley Stadium, St James' Park, Old Trafford and North Greenwich Arena, where existing licensing agreements mean all spectators need a ticket, regardless of their age.

Paralympic tickets go back on sale on 21 May, exactly 100 days before the opening ceremony of the Games. More details will be released nearer the time.


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    Comment number 225.

    Unless you happen to live within the boundary of the M25 the Olympics is really no more than televisual entertainment. The cost of getting to London and the expense of accomodation as avaricious hoteliers seek to make a pile, make it a no-no for the average family, even if you could get tickets. This is another Blair inspired vanity project, for which we will all end up having to pick up the tab.

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    Comment number 218.

    Wow more tickets on sale!
    I wonder what percentage of the population actually cares.
    The olympic torch will eventually pass within 150 yards of my house, will I make the effort to travel this distance filled with joy and happiness to witness this non-event I think not.
    The country is bust and here we go spending 11 million quid for people to play games. What a complete waste of money.

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    Comment number 217.

    I didn't bid for any tickets so I won't be disappointed.

    I do think they way they ran the ticketing process was a sham though.

    It would have been much more simpler if they'd sold tickets in bulk to professional ticket agents and they could have sold them on to the public just like any other sporting event.

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    Comment number 215.

    We were so excited about London 2012, my husband and I looking forward to taking our three children for an experience of a lifetime. So, assuming we get lucky this time, as we'll be limited to 4 tickets, who shall we leave at home? Me, my husband or one of our three children?

    Tried the ballots - nothing, resale - system froze, now only 4 tickets ..!

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    Comment number 189.

    Am I the only one looking forward to the games? I was lucky enough to get tickets to two minor events (volleyball and basketball) in the second round and I cannot wait to see them as I'm a lover of sport in nearly all its forms.

    Whilst I sympathise with those who didn't manage to get a ticket, please don't allow your moaning to spoil it for the rest of us.


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