Anniversary Games tickets sell out in record time

Tickets to the Friday and Saturday sessions of the Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games sell out in 75 minutes

Olympic Stadium

Mixed opinions were being voiced on social networking sites on Friday as tickets to the first two days of the Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games in July sold out in just 75 minutes.

London 2012 fever continued with people who had pre-registered their interest for event tickets through the British Athletics website rushing to secure spots to see the likes of Usain Bolt, Jess Ennis, Mo Farah and Greg Rutherford return to the Olympic Stadium for an Olympic encore on July 26 and 27.

The Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games celebrate the one-year anniversary of the London 2012 opening ceremony and include two days of London Grand Prix action as well as the IPC International Challenge event on Sunday July 28, for which tickets are still currently available.

Around 65,000 tickets were available for each day of the London Grand Prix and in the battle between demand and supply, it seemed demand had won.

In response to an AW tweet asking whether people had been successful in securing tickets, Simon Loughran tweeted: “No, thanks to the incompetence of British Athletics/Ticketmaster. Pathetic show.” While Jane Wilson ‏tweeted: “No – despite priority code,website was never working so totally pointless. really angry and upset.”

At the other end of the scale to complaints about the website not being able to deal with the high demand, Christopher Hewitt tweeted: “Friday night Centre of the home straight!!! Can’t wait.” Jackie Mason tweeted: “feel so lucky to be returning to the amazing stadium to see amazing athletes #anniversarygames.”

British Athletics assured their Twitter followers that there had been no problems with the website, advising: “People are buying tickets and the website is working. Very high demand but all working :).”

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2 Responses to “Anniversary Games tickets sell out in record time”

  1. Kayleigh Cox says:

    I tried to get these tickets but the links weren't working.
    I had a brilliant time at the games and when I couldn't get tickets I headed to Hyde Park, maybe they should put something on for everyone who couldn't get tickets at Hyde Park so they can at least feel some of the atmosphere and be surrounded by other fans.

  2. Steve Fleming says:

    With the London 2012 Olympic Games being so successful,Demand for the Anniversary Games was always going to be high which is why i registered the moment i was informed about it…I too experienced the problems on the website,I knew demand would make it hard to get tickets so it was no surprise that the website could not cope with demand…The organisers Cannot be blamed for this..!…I dont know how hard others tried to get tickets but i kept trying and trying and eventually after about 30 minutes got on to the website and got Tickets right at the end of the 100mtre Straight…So i Thank the Organisers for the work they have done..WELL DONE..I was Lucky enough to be at the Olympic Games and its great to think i will be coming back to see the Anniversary Games as well …Thank You….

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