'Greatest tickets on earth' go on sale

London 2012 ticket sales promotional graphicLondon 2012 has marked 500 days until the start of the Olympic Games by putting 6.6million Games tickets on sale.

Applications for tickets have opened for residents of the UK and designated European countries. The application process is open for a six-week period until 11.59pm on 26 April 2011.

People can apply any time during the 42-day application period via the London 2012 ticketing website (www.tickets.london2012.com/) or using the paper application form contained in the official ticketing guide, which is available from branches of Lloyds TSB in England and Wales, Bank of Scotland in Scotland and public libraries in Northern Ireland.

Applicants are being asked to bear in mind that it is not a first-come, first-served system, and there is no advantage to applying earlier in the process.  

Earlier this year, the London 2012 Organising Committee (LOCOG) published the Olympic Games sports competition schedule, which features 645 separate sessions across 26 Olympic sports.  

Artist impression of the Olympic pool at StratfordThe sport takes place against the backdrop of iconic London with venues such as Horse Guards Parade (beach volleyball), Wembley Stadium (football), Greenwich Park (equestrian and modern pentathlon) and Lord’s Cricket Ground (archery), as well as the new venues currently under construction at the Olympic Park.

There are also venues outside London, with sport taking place at Weymouth and Portland (sailing), in Essex (cycling – mountain bike), and football taking place at grounds throughout the UK including Old Trafford in Manchester, Hampden Park in Glasgow and the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff.


LOCOG Chair Sebastian Coe commented: "This is a momentous moment for all involved in London 2012. This starts the journey for those who have been dreaming of getting hold of an Olympic ticket since the day we won the bid in 2005 - these really are the greatest tickets on earth.

Photo of the BMX park at London 2012"In the UK, people have 42 days to make their application and I urge everyone to take a look at what sports are available on what days and make their choice.  If any sessions are oversubscribed we will run a ballot which we think is the fairest way of allocating tickets."

There are a wide range of ticket prices available across all sports. Adult tickets start at just £20, and LOCOG has created an innovative 'pay your age' scheme at more than 220 sessions for young people who are 16 and under when the Games start on 27 July 2012. People aged 60 or over when the Games start will pay just £16 at these sessions.

The lowest priced ticket for the Opening Ceremony of the Olympic Games will be £20.12, with the highest priced ticket coming in at £2,012.

In the UK, ticket and accommodation packages go on sale today through Thomas Cook branches and their website www.thomascooklondon2012.com

Official on-site hospitality packages also go on sale today through the London 2012 Prestige ticketing programme www.prestigeticketing.london2012.co.uk/
        
Applications for Paralympic Games tickets will open on 9 September 2011.

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