Olympic tickets: More put on sale

 

Locog's Jackie Brock-Doyle said organisers were doing everything they could to fill seats

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More Olympic tickets will go on sale after the row over empty seats, organisers Locog have said.

It said an initial 3,000 tickets - including 600 gymnastics tickets - were "put back into the pot" and sold on the London 2012 website on Sunday night.

After a smooth morning rush hour, London Bridge station is expected to be particularly busy in the evening.

And in an historic success, Team GB's men's gymnasts won bronze - the first medal in 100 years.

They had initially won silver, but were demoted after fourth-place Japan successfully challenged the result, moving up to silver.

With evening events expected to impact London transport, six platforms at London Bridge are exit-only between 18:00 BST and 22:00 BST to handle an expected 50,000 equestrian spectators moving through it.

There was evidence of unusually quiet Tube platforms in the early evening at some stations, while at others there was the usual level of passengers for a Monday, BBC reporters said.

In other Olympic developments:

Tom Daley and Pete Waterfield Tom Daley and Pete Waterfield competed in the men's synchronised 10m platform final
  • Team GB divers Tom Daley and Pete Waterfield came fourth in the men's synchronised 10m platform final
  • Organisers say food and water supplies are being increased at venues after long queues and supply shortages during the opening days
  • PM David Cameron, who chaired the daily Olympics security meeting on Monday morning, said he travelled on the Tube "to see what the traffic situation was like"
  • Mr Cameron also dismissed criticism from a fellow Tory MP that the opening ceremony was "leftie", describing it as "an idiotic thing to say"
  • Team GB's Katherine Grainger and Anna Watkins clocked an Olympic record time of 6mins 44.33secs in the women's double sculls rowing as they powered into the final
  • Weightlifter Zoe Smith, 18 years old and at her first Olympics, set a new British clean and jerk record and new personal best total
  • Ten people have been charged with ticket touting offences since the start of the Games, and a further 19 have been arrested, Scotland Yard said

During the men's team gymnastic final, BBC reporter Ollie Williams reported that dozens of army personnel were filling seats in the North Greenwich Arena, but empty seats remained.

An American fan on the London Tube on the third day of the Olympics Officials had warned of a busy Tube service as Olympic fans and London commuters collided on the first working day of the Games

Regarding the general issue of empty spectator seats, Prime Minister David Cameron, said it was "disappointing" but not "a unique episode" with other previous Games facing similar problems.

At some venues, seats in the accredited "Olympic family" areas - reserved for groups including officials, sports federations, athletes, journalists and sponsors - have remained empty.

Locog communications director Jackie Brock-Doyle said organisers were doing everything they could to fix the problem.

"We're doing this session by session, talking to the accredited groups - including obviously broadcast media and everybody else - and asking whether we can release, for the different sessions, tickets back into the public pot," she said.

And she said accredited seating for London 2012 was down 15% on previous Games.

Great Britain's Nicola Wilson riding Opposition Buzz jumps The Moon fence on the cross country course during eventing at Greenwich Park. Eventing at Greenwich has attracted large crowds

Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt said: "Often these are very nice seats in very high-profile positions - and so what we're saying to the IOC and the International Sports Federations is if you're not going to use them, could we have as many as possible back, because, of course, we've got lots of members of the public who would dearly love to go."

He said contractually the seats belonged to the sporting bodies, so it was a process of negotiation to get them released.

He said organisers were looking at whether it was feasible to impose a 30-minute rule whereby empty seats were re-allocated if ticketholders had not sat down within 30 minutes of an event starting.

However, the ticket releases were causing some confusion at the Olympic Park as members of the public were arriving and expecting to be able to buy them, security staff told the BBC.

The latest release of tickets can be bought only online, before they are picked up at collection points in venues for pre-purchased tickets.

Medal hopes

Transport for London's Games transport director Mark Evers said the network had worked well on Monday morning.

Analysis

It has not been such a manic Monday so far.

London workers seem to have heeded warnings that extra restrictions and Games Lanes, combined with spectator congestion might result in nightmare commutes, and have changed their patterns.

Roads seem no more jammed than normal, train and tube lines are running well.

Even at London Bridge, where passengers have their own Olympic time trial today - diverted away from the usual routes in case of overcrowding - there were no complaints.

But this is a marathon, not a sprint.

Six platforms at London Bridge will be exit only this evening as 50,000 equestrian spectators all head home from Greenwich Park during the evening peak.

And the crunch transport test comes on Friday - the first full day of athletics in Stratford's 80,000-seat Olympic stadium.

There was an increase of about 4% in rush hour travellers, but because passengers travelled earlier or later than usual, the rush hour was "flattened", says BBC London transport correspondent Tom Edwards.

But Steve McNamara, general secretary of the Licensed Taxi Drivers' Association - representing London cabbies - complained of "chaos" on London's roads as a result of 30 miles of Games Lanes for the use of the Olympic family.

He told BBC News "tens of thousands of Londoners are stuck in gridlock traffic" while Games Lanes were "completely empty".

However, London Mayor Boris Johnson said some of the Games lanes had been "turned off", allowing the public to use them, because so many Olympic officials were opting for public transport.

He said IOC president Jacques Rogge had travelled by Docklands Light Rail instead of car.

Olympic organisers expect 1 million extra visitors to London to make some 3 million journeys on public transport - on top of the usual 12m daily public transport journeys.

Mexican wave

Meanwhile, Locog says it has checked all seating at temporary Olympics venues after BBC News website readers said flooring below seating at two sites had collapsed.

Michael Page, from Kent, was at the Riverbank Arena watching hockey on Sunday.

He said: "The crowd did a Mexican wave, one row jumped up and the empty seats behind moved forward which meant the flooring collapsed."

Officials drilled the flooring back together before the area was taped off, he added.

Locog's Ms Brock-Doyle said the welding had broken "on one seat at Eton Dorney and on a couple of other seats at the hockey so Games organisers have checked all the seats provided by the contractor to temporary venues".

 

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  • rate this
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    Comment number 409.

    All of the front seats should be reserved for young people and free of charge.

    The Olympics is about young people participating. They are doing all of the work. There is no one under thirty taking part, so they should get the lions share, the best seats

    Everyone else, the overweight and middle aged, has to pay, and be seated behind or further back

    That would balance matters nicely

  • rate this
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    Comment number 408.

    Culture secretary Jeremy Hunt says ''contractually the seats belonged to the sporting bodies ...''

    Then WHY were these seats not given BY THEM to the thousands of sport participants across Britain and NOT to the committees and worthies who obviously are uninterested!
    Cameron says ''previous Games facing similar problems.'' If HE knew that then why didn't Coe's LOCOG?

    FOOLS in positions!!

  • rate this
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    Comment number 407.

    I tried to see if I can get a reasonable priced ticket for any upcoming events. Volleyball and basketball was still available for £35.00 and £45.00 pounds each. When I wanted to buy one for basketball with my next click the website said that no events available..! I am very disappointed!

  • rate this
    +2

    Comment number 406.

    Anyone could foresee that the prawn cocktail brigade would be less than enthusiastic about taking up their seat allocation, than the public. Does this not happen at our sporting events. Disposable income or not, the public always comes Silver Medal to business pandering, servitude, and hospitality for a few pounds gained, at the expense of the individual. Lifetime opportunity lost many - disgrace.

  • rate this
    +1

    Comment number 405.

    The IOC - a bunch of Rogges!!!

    The more I read and see of the IOC requirements and contracts the more I believe our politicians and civil servants have been sold a pig in a poke. We (the taxpayers)fund the jamboree and the IOC and their preferred partners take the profits.

  • rate this
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    Comment number 404.

    Why is this news? just a lot of hot air over an overblown, overpriced event with little if any connection to the original ethos of the Games.

  • rate this
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    Comment number 403.

    Sounds rather like Beijing 4 years ago doesn't it? The factors in common are the IOC, corporate greed and 'entitlement' and the whole concept of the Olympic spirit - we are simply watching professional sport and there are huge profits to be made. Why should the organisers care about the 'man in the street'?

  • rate this
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    Comment number 402.

    Ticketmaster =Not fit for Business

    For 2 weeks an event football at St james Park 4/8 as shown DAILY availability - for 2 weeks the wheel of fortune booking farce then denies access to confirm reserve and buy

    Well at least Ticketmaster are not worried they loose the next Olympics contract they have there golden £ it is us the poor general public that are the poor loosers in this game of chance!

  • rate this
    +2

    Comment number 401.

    No amount of scrambling to disguise the empty seats can paper over the nauseating reality. Tickets were dished out to companies to give away as sweeteners to people with no interest in attending.
    Meanwhile, families were priced out or squeezed out in the ticket raffle for commoners. Few kids from east London are going to be inspired by the Olympics because LOCOG have shut them out.
    Hypocrisy.

  • rate this
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    Comment number 400.

    So where do you get these tickets from and what time. I can't find any information about this. I would like to know how some people knew about this last night.

  • rate this
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    Comment number 399.

    #374
    Matt - I think you're onto something here - We know that Mr Hunt has said that the stadia are very very full, and his integity is beyond question - Leveson proved that.
    I suspect left wing guerillas at the BBC have photoshopped people out of the photographs and replaced them with empty blue seats. It's the only sensible explanation
    Gotta go - pinko's at 4 O'clock (well nearly) - over and out

  • rate this
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    Comment number 398.

    The pictures showing army servicemen and women in uniform watching the games, reminds me more of North Korea than of Great Britain. I'm all for giving tickets to them, but come on guys dress in your civies!

  • rate this
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    Comment number 397.

    The shambles continues! The only good part about this particular part of the shambles is that our armed forces (the people who rescued the security aspect from the private sector) get to see the events for free. A bit of a thank you to them all, even if not planned.
    I see Cameron is enjoying the diving event, diving? a bit like his economy. I guess that's what the attraction is for him.

  • rate this
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    Comment number 396.

    weymouth at this time of year is normally packed overcharging and ridiculous closures has turned it into a ghost town there are some very unhappy traders

  • rate this
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    Comment number 395.

    These returned tickets should be available at the venue - I agree with the 30 minute rule. Any empty seats open to the public, first come, first served. The ticket sales have been a farce, my family applied for £1500 worth and got only two tickets to one event - not even a popular London based one.

  • rate this
    +2

    Comment number 394.

    The cost on some tickets is unaffordable for many families. £450.00, or £1500 for the closing ceremony come on!

    I'm a former soldier and giving seats away to the soldiers, nurses and police is great. HOWever, to me that is just a cop out. Give the people who really want to go a change to buy the tickets as well . Very Very frustrating :(

  • rate this
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    Comment number 393.

    Loved the opening ceremony and felt real pride on Friday evening, but just feel as we have all been shafted now.... Waking up on Saturday to see the swimming heats galleries half full - I applied for early round / early morning heats at the swimming and athletics and got nowt. It's time the powers that be removed their heads from somewhere I fear I cannot mention on this site.....

  • rate this
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    Comment number 392.

    I attended VolleyBall at Earls Court on Sunday. Whole blocks of seats empty, est c. 75% occupied. Army personnel sitting in my section who I assume are taking up unoccupied seats. Also, I left my seat to get a coffee and found that the entire team were having a team meeting while people fumed in the queue (I took a pic)! Some very angry people! Then 20 mins to another coffee at half time!

  • rate this
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    Comment number 391.

    @336 'deemiller'
    ~~
    This poster pointed out that maintenance of our nuclear submarines, based at Faslane and Coulport, has been sold to private American companies. As much as the olympic ticketing debacle is crap - the creeping American privatisation of our armed services, NHS et al is quietly slipping through under our own radar.

    I can't over-emphasis how much we are losing while we 'sleep'.

  • rate this
    +2

    Comment number 390.

    i have one word to say to Coe - pathetic

 

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