London: Olympic organisers are inviting the British public to register interest in buying tickets for the 2012 London Games.
London organisers announced plans today for the 10 million tickets on offer for the Olympics and Paralympics.
More tickets will go on sale than originally planned – 8 million for the Olympics, compared to 7.7 million, and two million for the Paralympics, up from 1.5 million.
The British public can sign up on London's Web site to indicate which sports they would be interested in seeing. They will be among the first to find out when tickets go on sale in the spring of 2011 and how
Organisers said 75 per cent of tickets will be sold directly to the public via a ballot process.
"Anyone who signs up will be in pole position for our ballot of tickets," London organising committee chief executive Paul Deighton said.
"We expect people to be more interested in tickets for some events than others. There is no fairer way for people to get in line for those tickets than by public ballot."
The London organising committee, or LOCOG, said "prestige hospitality tickets" would account for less than 1 per cent of the tickets on sale and promised to uphold its commitment to "making the games accessible and affordable."
Some local politicians and media have already raised concerns about how many tickets will be allocated to corporate sponsors, officials, the International Olympic Committee and other VIPs.
"They key issue is simple: How many people will be ahead of the average Londoner in the queue for Olympic tickets," Dee Doocey, chair of the London Assembly's economic development, sport and tourism committee, said last week.
LOCOG said more information on ticket pricing and availability will be announced later this year when the sports competitions schedules and venues have been finalised.
"We are completely committed to ensuring our events are accessible, that tickets are affordable and that our venues are packed to the rafters with sports fans," Deighton said.
Olympics Minister Tessa Jowell said, "It's critical that as many tickets as possible end up in the hands of the general public."
First Published: Monday, March 22, 2010, 17:39