Race for Olympics tickets heats up
The last-minute scramble to get tickets for the Olympics has "hit the roof", London 2012 chief executive Paul Deighton has said.
With the six-week window to apply for the 6.6 million public tickets closing at 11.59pm on April 26, now is the best time for sports fans to try to avoid disappointment, according to Mr Deighton.
He said: "Applications have been steady but at a high level, which is in line with operational expectations - but this week it has hit the roof."
He continued: "Every day we have got a massive number of orders, which is not surprising, because people have taken on board that it's not a first-come, first-served system. They have sat down with their families to decide what they want.
"Since last Friday, we have seen a high level go to a really high level. Every day is different, but also in the last week we have been getting three or four times the applications above and beyond what was coming in for the previous five weeks - and the sky's the limit based on the pattern that I am seeing at the moment."
There are 650 sessions across 26 sports and 17 days to choose from and people will be limited to a maximum of 20 events each.
The most popular events, including the men's 100 metres final, have a limit of four tickets per person.
Before sales began on March 15, more than 2.5 million people had signed up to the official website - www.tickets.london2012.com - wanting to go to the Games.
This wave of sales, in which sports fans will find out whether or not they have secured tickets by June 24, is "the best chance probably by a long long way to get the tickets that you actually want," Mr Deighton said.
Prices range from £20 to £2,012. They include paying up to £2,012 for the opening ceremony, up to £725 for the showpiece 100m athletics final and between £50 and £325 for the track cycling finals.