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London 2017 ticket applications top 1 millionSeptember 2, 2016
Session three of the IAAF World Championships, which includes the men’s 100m final, has received more than 200,000 applications
London 2017 has announced that it has received more than 1 million applications for tickets to the IAAF World Championships.
A total of 1,047,000 tickets have been applied for at the 10-day showpiece at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park with five of the fourteen sessions oversubscribed across all four price categories.
Of the 700,000 tickets on sale for the championships, 486,000 have been sold one year in advance of the event.
The vast numbers of applicants comes off the back of London 2017’s “The Race Is On” advertising campaign run from August 1-29.
Organisers are hoping looking to receive further applications for the World ParaAthletics Championships, taking place from July 14-23, and are expecting to capitalise on the predicted gold rush at the imminent Paralympic Games in Rio.
Session three, which will likely see Usain Bolt’s final competitive individual race in the men’s 100m final on the evening of Saturday August 5, has seen more than 200,000 tickets applied for, while 13 of 14 sessions have had applications for one or more price category.
Applicants will receive emails from today (September 2) informing them of the status of their applications. Unsuccessful applicants for the IAAF World Championships will be offered a second chance to purchase tickets in mid-September, while tickets for the ParaAthletics World Championships go on sale on a first come, first served basis as of 11am on September 10 and start from £10 for adults and £5 for children.
The organisers received applications from all corners of the earth, including people in Jamaica, Thailand, Armenia and Uruguay.
Niels de Vos, chief executive of UK Athletics and championships director of London 2017 Ltd, said: “We are thrilled with the demand for tickets so far and next year is really setting up to be a fantastic summer of athletics where we welcome the world’s best athletes back to London.
“Four years on from the London 2012 Games, it’s great to see that there is still such enthusiasm for global sporting events. Our aim is to fill the Olympic stadium with passionate crowds and ensure that as many fans as possible can enjoy world-class athletics and the demand we’re seeing so far for tickets shows we’re on our way to achieving this.”
Ticket-inclusive hospitality packages go on sale today and they are available from £195, offering seats on the home straight, fine dining and celebrity guest speakers giving expert insight and analysis.