Lord Sebastian Coe, the London 2012 chairman, has announced that the process for allocating tickets for the London 2012 Olympic Games will begin on Tuesday 15th March this year.
With 26 sports, featuring 38 disciplines, taking place between 27th July and 12th August, competition is sure to be high as the public vie for a chance to see some of the world’s best athletes take part in the 30th edition of the modern Olympics.
There will be over six million tickets available, with prices starting at £20, for those wishing to attend the games, to apply for. The application process will be open from 15th March through to 26th April, in which time those hoping to attend must apply for the events they wish to view. Following this time, tickets will be allocated to those who have applied within the six week time period. If events are oversubscribed then tickets will be allocated via a ballot system.
There will also be a number of free events throughout the games as the Triathlon, Road Cycling, and Marathon will all take place on the streets of London. Furthermore, those not able to attend London itself will not be without the opportunity to taste the magic of the Olympics. Canoeing will take place at Dorney Lake in Buckinghamshire and in Lee Valley White Water Centre in Hertfordshire; mountain biking will be hosted by Hadleigh Farm in Essex; while sailing will be hosted in Weymouth.
The Olympic Games football tournament will also be hosted by a number of stadia outside of the capital. As well as Wembley Stadium being used, football will also be played at the Ricoh Arena of Coventry City, Manchester United’s Old Trafford, St James’ Park of Newcastle United. Furthermore, the national stadiums of both Wales and Scotland will get in on the action as the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, and Hampden Park in Glasgow will also be used for the football at the Olympics.
Lord Coe, himself a double Olympic gold medallist, has described the London 2012 Olympics as “the greatest show on earth” and a “once in a life time opportunity,” and it is likely that the organisers will have a tough time on their hands as the majority of the events, if not all of them, are likely to be highly sought after.