London 2012 Olympic Games tickets go on sale

Picture courtesy of LOCOG
Picture courtesy of LOCOG

TICKETS for the London 2012 Olympic Games are now on sale and from today, Tuesday, 6.6 million tickets will be on sale to the public.

UK and EU residents can apply for tickets via the website at at any time during the 42-day application period that expires on April 26.

It is not a first come, first served system and there is no advantage to applying earlier in the process.

Ticket and accommodation packages will also go on sale in the UK through Thomas Cook branches and on their website

The London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) published its sport schedule earlier this year, with 645 separate sessions currently planned across 26 Olympic sports.

The 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 in east London.

LOCOG chair Sebastian Coe said: “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.

“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.”

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