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London 2012 Olympics: Games chiefs reveal ticket prices

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The organisers have pledged to keep prices as affordable as possible and said 90 per cent of all tickets for the Olympic Games would be priced at £100 or under, including 30 per cent at £20 or under.

The opening ceremony prices are both the lowest and the highest witnessed in recent Games, and reflect the commitment of the organisers to keep the games affordable, but also to help raise £500m in ticketing revenue, to help underpin the cost of staging sport's biggest show.

The flagship event, the men's 100m final, has tickets priced from £50 to £725. That particular session, in the middle of the Games schedule, is the highest priced sporting event.

"The higher priced tickets have provided us with the balance for us to provide millions available at lower prices," Locog chief executive Paul Deighton said.

Locog chairman Seb Coe said one of the core principles of the ticketing prices was to have "full venues packed to the gunnells".

"The more passion, the more enthusiasm, the closer the spectators to the field of play, the more the athletes' performance raises. It could be the difference between a semi-final or a final, a medal or a gold medal, a world record maybe," Coe said.

"The Olympic tickets is the must have I-was-there-item, that why we need to get them into the hands of sports fans."

The organisers also announced two special schemes to enable local schoolchildren to attend the Games. At a third of the available sessions, mostly preliminary events, children can buy tickets according to their age under a pay your age deal.

Deighton said the pay your age scheme would enable a family of four with a seven and a nine year old to go to watch the Olympics for £56.

"And that includes the cost of the travel card to get to the Olympics as well, so it is a low cost day out," he said.

That same scheme also extends to seniors, who will pay £16 for the same special sessions.

The second scheme is called Ticketshare, which comprises free tickets for schoolchildren. Every secondary school across the country will be able to access up to six tickets. Schools within London will be able to access just over ten per cent of their pupil population for free tickets.

Orders for all of the tickets will open in March next year, but officials wanted to publicise the prices and sessions so that people can budget and plan their Games experience.

A total of 6.6m tickets will be made available to the public out of a total allocation of 8.8m. The balance is taken up by overseas ticket allocations and a percentage to rights holders, sponsors and international sporting organisations.

Key facts on 2012 tickets

»8.8 million tickets will be available for the Olympic Games.

»75% of these, 6.6million tickets, will go on sale to the public from March.

» The most expensive tickets will be £2012 for the opening ceremony and £725 for the 100m final. The cheapest will be £20 and less for concessions.

»90% of tickets will be priced at £100 or under.

»Two thirds of these tickets will be £50 or less.

»2.5 million tickets will be priced at £20 or under

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Def wanna go, wanna see USA Team play basketball and 100m or 4x100m relay

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I will apply for same tickets you said. But I will probs try sell a few. Dun know an american who has flown over will pay 5k for a ticket you bought for 700

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Wanna see the basketball, football and running.

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I drive past it couple times a week its quite a sight, ill go see any event just to experience the olympics for myself.

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i want 100m final

is it a lottery or will i jus get it if i get in early enough?

want a good seat aswell, not all the way at the back by the starting line

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yeah will apply for the athletics finals maybe swimming and a few other rogue random events that i only enjoy watching when its olympics time.

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I have to attend the Football games 100/200/relay finals.Team USA games.

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i will buy as many tickets as i can and make a killing on ebay

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I swear a few million people will apply for the 100 metres

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Pure people are gonna be trying to get tickets for the 100m.

Its gonna be a race just trying to get the damn tickets.

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To get a decent seat for the 100m final you're probably looking at £400 upwards and that's all long.

Allow paying £50 for a ticket and you're on the other side of the stadium watching it on a big screen :lol:

Defo would like to watch the football, basketball athletics finals and opening ceremony.

Will shot a lot also

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i wont be going to any event unless i get free tickets

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Where's the women's volleyball being held/ where do I get tickets for that?

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Where's the women's volleyball being held/ where do I get tickets for that?

tbh 100m finals n this is all im interested in

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Where's the women's volleyball being held/ where do I get tickets for that?

tbh 100m finals n this is all im interested in

Lol you're both kidding right?

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Where's the women's volleyball being held/ where do I get tickets for that?

tbh 100m finals n this is all im interested in

Lol you're both kidding right?

:blink:

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I'm gonna volunteer and then hopefully I'll be at the Athletics

What's this about?

Anyone living in the UK can get involved with the biggest sporting event London's seen in years by volunteering to help out at the 2012 Olympics. In return for your time you'll get to be part of the Olympics plus free travel to and from your shift and a free tracksuit to boot!

What will you be doing?

The London Ambassadors' volunteer scheme will be welcoming tourists to London and helping people find their way around.

Here's what London Ambassadors say:

"London Ambassadors will welcome visitors from all over the world during the 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games. We're looking for volunteers to be the face of London; people who are passionate about the capital and want to tell millions of people about the hidden treasures that makes London one of the best capital cities in the world."

Although you won't automatically get tickets to events, you can request two areas you'd like to be stationed from the following:

* tourist attractions

* stations

* airports

* around the Olympic venues

* the big screens which will show the Games

* famous landmarks

Who can apply?

Anyone in the UK over the age of 16 can apply to be a volunteer, not just those living in London (though you'll have to sort out your own accommodation if you don't live nearby).

To become a London Ambassador, you'll need to commit to six consecutive days of volunteering. Each daily shift will last for five hours.

For full details go to the London Ambassadors' site. Also check out the similar Gamesmaker volunteer program.

The links

http://www.londonambassadors.org.uk/

http://www.london2012.com/get-involved/volunteer/index.php

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Well March is shaping up to be a nice month for me.

Get some tickets and it will top it all off.

Not really surprised by these prices.

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lol at payin just to watch a 9 second race

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