Chris Townsend, London 2012 director responsible for ticketing, says that there will be some athletics tickets left when the second round sale opens
The man in charge of ticketing for London 2012 today revealed that there are still some athletics tickets left for next year’s Olympic Games, and will be available to purchase in the second round sales.
Earlier this week millions of people who applied for tickets for the London 2012 Games found out whether or not they had been successful, with organisers meeting their deadline of debiting accounts by midnight on Tuesday.
But with there being 20 million applications for the 6.6 million tickets available to the public via a controversial ballot, many people have missed out all together, and even most of those who did gain tickets only got a small percentage of those they applied for. Some sessions were over-subscribed manyfold with the evening of athletics on August 5 – which includes the men’s 100m final – receiving one million applications for just 20,000 seats.
Although accounts have already been debited, the successful applicants will have to wait until June 10 to find out exactly which tickets they have secured. A second stage of the ticketing process will open later this month, whereby people have the opportunity to purchase any left over tickets. Non-successful applications from the first stage will be given priority.
But there was a small ray of hope for athletics fans today as Chris Townsend, London 2012 director responsible for ticketing, told The Telegraph today in a web chat that there are still some athletics tickets left. He also said that there’s a small chance that some people could still find their accounts debited up until June 10, should the payments of successful applicants bounce.
“The tickets to be made available in the second round sales will be tickets remaining from the ballot stage,” he said. “There will be tickets available for some athletics sessions after the ballot process.
“Most payments from successful applicants have been taken,” he added. “There is still a slight chance that you may receive tickets from a re-allocation from cards that could not be processed by June 10
“The second round sales process will start later this month and we will notify all non-successful applicants in advance of the sale by email or letter,” he said, adding that he was confident the London 2012 ticketing system will be able to withstand the anticipated rush for tickets when the second round sales process opens.
Townsend went on to explain that separate random ballots were run for each price point. “For example, for the 100m final, five separate ballots were run, one for each price point,” he said.