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 529.

    Most of my Granddads & Uncles stories were about WWII.

    First siege of Tobruk, Fireman in the Liverpool Blitz, Arnhem (yes that one), Burma, Normandy, Rhine Crossing, and some funny little Towns in Holland which were the scenes of horrendous muddy battles to rival the tales of the preceding generation.

    Dad was in Korea.

    None of them mentioned Olympic Ticketing.

  • rate this
    +3

    Comment number 528.

    Its a JOKE that so many seets are empty!!! How many people tried to get them through the online ticket ballot system and couldn't as they were all 'SOLD OUT' millions thats how many!! London 2012 organisers should be ashamed that they have cocked up the biggest show on earth!!!!!

  • rate this
    +3

    Comment number 527.

    IOC and British Olympic organisers are all at fault. All Olympic tickets should be sold only to the public, and should not be used as part of the deal to get sponsorship money. The empty seats already demonstrated how much the sponsors care about the sports.

    Sponsors are already hijacking our freedom on how we pay, what we wear, what we consume during the Olympic... leave the tickets alone!

  • rate this
    +5

    Comment number 526.

    Face it Lord (Hmmm...) Coe,

    The only thing that has been "stuffed" so far at the Games are the general public who wanted to have tickets but couldn't because of the "Olympic Family" demanding most of them and then not bothering to turn up. Being a Londoner no doubt that will be added to my council tax bill as well.

  • rate this
    +1

    Comment number 525.

    Now to rub salt into the wounds I am sent an email asking if I would like to bid for Olympic Mementos. i.e A ball that was used for the first hockey match, a gymnastic score sheet etc. With the ticketing fiasco one wonders if you would ever receive anything you won in a tawdry auction.

  • rate this
    +1

    Comment number 524.

    This was hailed as a triumph for the people when we were awarded the games but has turned into the games for the rich with tickets priced so as to cost more each than a holiday for a family of 4, so much for an experience to remember,you can see more on TV and it costs nowt and we can still go on holiday.

  • rate this
    +1

    Comment number 523.

    #479 Thank you
    Locog have evidently not undertaken any review meeting throughout the past 7 years, i.e. G4S, checked who has, has not sold tickets, assessed whether the general public who are not bankers, corporates etc. can afford crazy prices of £200 Plus? How many ticket sales will have been lost because of Locog & their contractors incompetence

    Send in the clowns, NO they are already there

  • rate this
    +4

    Comment number 522.

    all day no more olympic park tickets for any events there. Also no actual olympic park day tickets so you cant even go in. What people also dont know is once the olympics finishes the olympic park closes as every bridge is temporary...

  • rate this
    +2

    Comment number 521.

    can people protest peacefully? If they can,with NO violence at all,why not go down and 'reclaim the seats'! Go to the olympics and queue! For a seat! When the camera's show all the empty seats -they can then show the mile-long queues! A picture paints a thousand words!
    whilst queuing .enjoy the olympics spirit :) talk /socialise :)

  • rate this
    +3

    Comment number 520.

    Presumably, either the recipients of the tickets couldn't be bothered to decline the very generous offer, or the seats were never formally booked?

    When the problem was identified, there was a random offer of seats for soldiers and students, followed by the eventual return to the official allocation process.

    There seems to be a general lack of respect for the athletes and genuine fans?

  • rate this
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    Comment number 519.

    13.malcsplace

    NO MEDALS WHATSOEVER for whoever is in charge of ticket sales.
    ===

    Or for security - thank the Lord we have an army.

    The two most important factors and LOCOG screwed them both up.

  • rate this
    +5

    Comment number 518.

    Frankly there should be no corporate tickets allocated whatsoever (similarly for sporting bodies/organisations).

    This whole outcome is embarrassing and a disgrace. The British public and indeed fans of all nationalities have a right to be seriously aggrieved.

    I hope there will be severe repercussions for those who are accountable/responsible.

  • rate this
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    Comment number 517.

    509.AndyC555
    Just now
    "Slayer2k

    Check out www.thevenusproject.com..where you will see what the.. olympics and the..capatalist system is all about"
    blah blah evil capitalists have got what I wish I had but am too lazy to work for yadda yadda
    No, check out Paraguyan javelin thrown Leryn Franco if you want to know what the olympics is really all about

    Andy, you know i'm already a fan!

  • rate this
    +8

    Comment number 516.

    Never was so much owned by so many occupied by so few.

  • rate this
    +5

    Comment number 515.

    What we need now is a Panorma investigation...because that's what we British are good at - investigative journalism highlighting flaws in other contries' sporting programmes from Beijing to Dehil to Quatar to Poland/Ukraine.

  • rate this
    +2

    Comment number 514.

    So here's the proof that big business doesn't care what happens at these expensive historical events. They can't even muster up a pool of secretaries to attend in the Board's absence

    Faceless companies have NO place in such events. They are simply there to suck the money out of pockets and sod what's happening down on the track

    Send it back to Greece for good, end the travelling business junket

  • rate this
    +8

    Comment number 513.

    Just got back from Women's Volleyball - more than half the seats in the lower tier were empty FOR THE WHOLE SESSION - 2 GAMES.

    We were stuck up in the very top tier, with a concrete pillar obstructing half the court. Even though there were so many empty seats on bottom, LOCOG refused to let anyone on top relocate to the bottom. Corporate sponsors should ONLY be allowed tickets for finals!

  • rate this
    +2

    Comment number 512.

    When England hosted the World Cup in 1966, at the group stage games (including England's), you could just turn up and pay at the turnstile, and the prices were affordable. How things have changed...

  • rate this
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    Comment number 511.

    Not to interrupt my British friends' self flagellation, but I'm thoroughly enjoying the Olympics here across the pond. The venues are lovely (England's is indeed a green and pleasant land) and the games themselves full of competitive spirit.

    Yes, they should make the unused tickets available so people can fill the seats, but, really, it's all pretty much irrelevant to the success of the games.

  • rate this
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    Comment number 510.

    The olympics was supposed to be for everyone, how come everyone I know in london got tickets yet those of us who applied for over 100 tickets for all events never got a single one. Also how come I see Thomas cook advertising tickets that cost 20 quid ffor 115. This was supposed to be the peoples games and for the entire country. Seems that the IOC forgot that when handing them over to their mates!

 

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