London 2012: Babies' Olympic tickets issue to be reviewed

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The issue of babies being required to have their own tickets if they attend events at the 2012 Games is to be reviewed, Olympic organisers have said.

Parents whose children were conceived after they had bought tickets currently have to secure an additional ticket for their baby.

Locog said this was due to licensing and health and safety regulations.

But now the organisers have said they will look at "what can be done" when remaining tickets go on sale in April.

A spokesman for London 2012 said: "We want families and young people to come and enjoy the Games, which is why we created Pay Your Age tickets at a third of sessions.

"Of course we understand that some new mums may want to take their babies to events they have tickets to and we will look at what we can do when the remaining tickets go on sale in April."

Family 'unfriendly'

He said the move had been "in response to feedback".

Locog said the policy requiring everyone going to an event to have their own ticket, regardless of age, was due to licensing and health and safety regulations at the venues.

But Tara McBride, from the MadeForMums parenting website, earlier told the BBC: "It seems the Olympics are becoming more and more unfriendly towards families.

"The last London Games were in 1948 so for families it's likely to be a once-in a lifetime opportunity. Even big businesses allow children free access. On aeroplanes for example you can usually take babies under two for free as long as they're on laps.

"Would it really do any harm to allow babes in arms? Allowing children would give them something to tell their grandkids about and pass on the legacy of the London Olympics through the generations."

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Mrs McBride said lots of sports have a similar attitude: "In Premier League football it's usual for parents to have to enrol their baby in the junior fans clubs to enable them to buy tickets and every single person needs a ticket to enter the grounds, regardless of age.

"If it's an issue of keeping order, for example during times of focus in sports that require absolute quiet, like tennis, that's understandable. But in large arenas, why can't it be the parents' choice?"

Other sporting venues have different policies for allowing children at various events.

At Lord's, for cricket matches, parents usually get a 50% discount on their child's ticket while babies and toddlers under three years old go free. On entry, parents are given a wristband for the child, on which they can write contact details in case they become separated.

Organisers of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships do not recommend that babies are taken. Children under five are allowed in without a ticket - but may not enter Centre Court or the other show courts.

At Wembley Stadium, normally restrictions vary on an event by event basis. For those events which do allow children under 16, all spectators must have a ticket.

Twickenham Stadium Children under two years old do not need a ticket at Twickenham Stadium

At Twickenham Stadium children aged two to five require a ticket and must be seated in the lower tiers of the stadium. Children under two do not require a ticket but must be securely strapped to an adult sitting in the lower tier.

The National Indoor Arena (NIA) in Birmingham hosts a range of international sporting events and its policy for those is that babies do not need a ticket to attend.

A spokesperson told the BBC: "We don't have a strict age policy in place, however we say that generally before a child is walking, we are happy for them to be admitted without a ticket.

"Once a child is old enough to be walking and requires their own seat, it is then necessary for them to be ticketed."

However the NIA said venue policy can be subject to change on a show-by-show basis.

In April additional Olympic tickets will go on sale offering parents the chance to buy tickets so they can take their children, but Locog cannot guarantee availability.

For selected events Pay your Age tickets may be available where children aged one and under would be charged £1.

To add a Pay your Age ticket to an existing account, parents would have to phone the ticketing team when they go on sale. They will not be able to buy those tickets online.

For the Paralympic Games, tickets are on sale now and where available, tickets will be at the special price of £5.

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