Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 20 September 2014

2012 ticket prices to be revealed

Sports fans are to discover how much they must pay for a seat at the London 2012 Olympics.

Tickets go on sale in March and London 2012 is revealing the range of prices for the first time.

London 2012 has always stressed it wants to see full stadia, packed with people who not only understand the events but also want to be there.

It has also said there would be a wide range of prices in the hope of enticing people of different incomes to enjoy the games.

This means there is likely to be a very big difference between the cheapest tickets for low-demand events and the most expensive tickets for the opening and closing ceremonies and showpiece contests such as the men's athletics 100 metres final.

Online registrations - at www.tickets.london2012.com - for eight million tickets opened in March.

A month later London 2012 chairman Lord Coe said the organisers were "thrilled" with the level of interest nationwide after more than one million people have signed up.

Signing up put them in the front row for information between in the build-up to 2012 on how the tickets, pricing and availability was going to work, he said.

London 2012 chief executive Paul Deighton has previously remained tight-lipped about the prices of the tickets but insisted there would be "millions of affordable and accessible tickets" for sale.

London 2012 said prestige hospitality tickets would account for less than 1% of the tickets on sale.

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