Olympics tickets on sale

Tickets for the London 2012
Olympics have gone on sale, 500 days ahead of the event.

Some 6.6 million tickets are available from  the London 2012 website   over a six-week period
and organisers say all applications will be treated equally.

Prices range from $32 to $3,200 and
oversubscribed events will be decided by a ballot.

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.

The main factor is the
establishment of a 42-day sales process which means each application between
now and 26 April will be treated in exactly the same way.

People can apply using a paper form
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.

Half a billion pounds is forecast
to be raised from ticket sales.

Several events will be free, such
as the marathon, and 2.5 million tickets will be available for $32 and under.

Others start at between $48 and $80.

Children under 17 will be able to
“pay-your-age” to see some of the early heats, while the over-60s can
watch for $25 at the same events.

Some 75 per cent – or 6.6 million –
of the 8.8 million tickets are available to the general public via the application
process.

Of the remaining 2.2 million
tickets, roughly half will be issued to National Olympic Committees (NOC) of
each country, and half will be split between sponsors, the IOC, guests and
hospitality partners.

People from some European countries
can apply through the London 2012 website but residents of other countries can
apply through their National Olympic Committee or appointed authorised ticket
reseller.

Locog says Visa debit card payment
will be taken between 10 May and 10 June and people will be told by 24 June
which events they have tickets for.

This could mean money going out of
bank accounts before the buyer knows which tickets they are getting.

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