Tickets for the 2012 Olympics in London have gone on sale, 500 days ahead of the event.
A massive 6.6 million tickets are now available from the London 2012 website, and will remain on sal for the next six weeks. Organisers say all applications will be treated equally.
The ticket website initially failed this morning when processing the orders of people whose Visa card is due to expire before August. A London 2012 spokesman said Visa are working on the issue.
Prices for the tickets are ranging between £20 and £2,012.
Lord Coe, the chairman of London 2012, believes the ticket prices are fair. “If you look at the way we have put the price points together I think we’ve done that in a really smart way. I think those prices are affordable,” says Lord Coe.
He adds: “Yes, the big ticket events are always going to be the big ticket events, but there are plenty of opportunities to see the big stars at the lower price points.”
Lord Coe said he was confident the Olympic Games would be a total sellout.
Organisers said they were confident they had done everything they could to avoid the website crashing as people log on for the first time to buy tickets.
According to the organisers, their main factor is that the establishment of a six week sales process. This means each application between now and 26 April will be treated in exactly the same way.
People can also apply in physical form, by using a paper form, which is obtainable from branches of Lloyds TSB in England, Bank of Scotland in Scotland or libraries in Northern Ireland between 15 March and 25 April 2011.