London 2012 Olympic Games: ticket registration opens

Olympics organiser Locog has today (22 March) launched a website that allows members of the public to register their interest in tickets for the London 2012 Games.

London 2012 Olympic Games: ticket registration opens
London 2012 Olympic Games: ticket registration opens

Those who sign up to will be among the first to find out when tickets go on sale in spring 2011 and how to apply for them.

The site enables users to indicate which sports they are interested in and receive updates on major events and developments.

In addition to the launch, Locog has confirmed it will be increasing the number of tickets for the Olympic Games from 7.7 million to eight million and from 1.5 million to two million for the Paralympic Games.

Three quarters of these will be made available directly to the public via a ballot process, while only 1% will be set aside for corporate hospitality.

The rest will be reserved for international fans, sports organisations, sponsors and rights holders.

"After the success of the Vancouver Olympic Games and Paralympic Games, which saw fantastic atmospheres at venues and around the city, we are now progressing with our plans," said Locog CEO Paul Deighton.

"Ticket sales make up a significant part of our income, but at the same time 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."

Olympics minister, Tessa Jowell, added: "Watching an Olympic event in your home country is a once in a lifetime experience. That's why it's critical that as many tickets as possible end up in the hands of the general public. With 10 million tickets going on sale next year people will have even more of a chance to get the ticket that makes their dream come true."

On Friday (19 March) Event reported how the London Assembly had written to Locog to find out how many seats it planned to allocate for the public during the 2012 Games.

More information on pricing and availability will be issued later this year once the competition schedules and venues are confirmed.

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