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.

London 2012 - One extraordinary year

London 2012 One extraordinary year graphic

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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  • rate this

    Comment number 221.

    "No, you are quite right. The original budget was £2.4billion"

    Your having a laugh! 2.4Bill? Anyone who believed that is, quit simply, stupid.

    The new high speed rail link is costing the government ~£15Bill, and you though hosting the largest Olympics EVER (over 3,000 more athletes than any other), with countless new venues, a new city, stations, terminals etcetera would cost under 2.5Bill?

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    Comment number 220.

    Where did these tickets suddenly spring from. Why were these tickets not available earlier. Are they the tickets not even the corrupt friends and associates of the Olympic organisers dont want. This is a farce and the Olympics should be scrapped even at this late stage. Another country should given them before they cause more financial misery and hardship to Londoners.

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    Comment number 219.

    If you want to go and don't mind waiting, I would sit this costly process out and just turn up on the day (if you can get there!). No doubt, just like in China, they'll be asking for people to come in on the day!

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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 216.

    I expect the Games to be like most things in the UK. Maybe not brilliant, but not the catastrophe some people are predicting.

    That doesn't change the fact that we are spending an awful lot of money on London, yet again, so that the minority who could give a fig can watch people run round in circles at high speed.

    Utterly pointless.

  • rate this

    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 214.

    im really looking forward to the games themselves, i think it will be a fantastic 2 weeks of sport.

    What im not looking forward to are
    The missile launchers
    the security
    the worlds biggest junk food store parked outside
    the travel chaos
    the ludicrous "new" british flag *spit

  • Comment number 213.

    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the house rules. Explain.

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    Comment number 212.

    I've been to several London Prepares events (beach volleyball, water polo, diving, BMX and athletics) and can report:

    Security - 5 mins max. Well organised
    Facilities (stadia) - impressive
    Facilities (toilets) - plenty of them
    Refreshments - prices no different to any other sporting event
    Staff - friendly & knowledgeable
    Atmosphere - great (no armchair critics)

    Sorry to be so positive

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    Comment number 211.

    I've been offered my Corporate Entertainment tickets but decided to decline them. I would not pay to see the games so see no reason to go just because it's free. I'm not looking forward to the travel chaos that will be caused by the Zil lanes in London and there's no way public transport will cope. There is also the very real threat of another 7/7 and I have to use the tube to get to work.

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    Comment number 210.

    Putting all the other comments aside for a moment, has anyone from the "20,000" actually received their email yet?

    I should be one of them and as yet I have not received anything

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    Comment number 209.

    I thought the opening ceremony tickets had sold out?! Apparently not. So why weren't more available in the first place? I was successful in getting volleyball tickets in the second round after being unsuccessfully with the opening ceremony in the first round. If I didn't apply in the second round, I could potentially have opening ceremony tickets. Very dishonest system.

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    Comment number 208.

    I am absolutely looking forward to the games.

    Its sad that Britons are unique in the world in that it thinks the Olympics will be rubbish. Of course our press will seek to ruin it but their job.

    I hope for once the public will rise above the gutter press (I.e. all of them) and support our Olympics whether your going or not.

    Atleast the French didnt win it !

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    Comment number 207.

    The train tickets to get to London for ticket holders are about half what they would normally be and London public transport is included in the price of the tickets. It will be UTTERLY manic and awful in London though yes.

    If you buy the expensive tickets it will be expensive. Same with any sport. Buy the cheap ones and it's cheap.

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    Comment number 206.

    200.Your Call Is Important To Us
    'I think hosting the Olympics is a good idea, just at the wrong time. In the present climate, this money could have been put to much better use (NHS.....'

    You're right....just think what the estimated £12bn could have been spent on........a new computer sytem for the NHS maybe ;-)

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    Comment number 205.

    Have you seen the prices at any Wembley game?

    How would Ebay be fair? Only the rich could go. I'm not rich. I'm going under this system

    If you had all day tickets that another 200,000 that don't get to see anything

    Your call
    True, but the shortlisting happened in 2004. Did you know what was coming?

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    Comment number 204.

    The cost of tickets is VERY high for ordinary people to afford. I know someone who paid £450 each for her and her son to watch the swimming heats. How are we supposed to afford that in these times? That's 2/3 my monthly salary. No wonder most of the tickets went to corporate sponsors - it's the only way they could ensure a decent turnout in the stadiums (stadia?)

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    Comment number 203.

    I WAS looking forward to the Olympics and managed to get two sets of tickets to equestrian events. However, as the days draw nearer, I am starting to realise that cost to travel to Greenwich is going to be unaffordable and the time it will take to travel to Greenwich is shocking and I am having seconds thoughts.

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    Comment number 202.

    I see that I'm not the only one who will be glad when the games are over.

    Totally farcical.


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