London Olympic Tickets Now on Sale Around the World
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Tickets for the 2012 Olympics in London went on sale around the world on Tuesday, 500 days before the start of the Games.
As of Tuesday, 6.6 million tickets are being offered for 645 sessions of the 26 Olympic sports at 34 competition venues. Two-third of the tickets are priced at no more than £50 (€57.60/US$80) while 2.5 million tickets are priced at £20 or less (€23/US$32).
The various national Olympic committees handle ticket purchasing and availability and prices may vary.
In the United Kingdom and within the European Union, for example, people can apply for tickets between Mar. 15 and April 26.
UK and EU residents can apply via www.tickets.london2012.com at any time during the 42-day application period. It is not a first come, first served system and there is no advantage to applying earlier in the process. From Mar. 15, ticket and accommodation packages will also go on sale in the UK through Thomas Cook branches and on their website www.thomascooklondon2012.com.
In the United States, CoSport is the authorized ticket reseller and official hospitality package provider of the U.S. Olympic. As of Tuesday, pre-registration is open for U.S. residents at www.cosport.com.
The first phase of U.S. ticket sales is through an online request process, which began Mar. 15 and runs through April 22. All applicants will have an equal chance of being awarded their requested tickets. CoSport will fulfill ticket requests from available inventory once this initial request phase has concluded. In the case that ticket requests exceed available inventory for any session, a lottery process will be conducted by CoSport at the end of April.
For the initial U.S. ticket launch, more than 58,000 tickets will be available with more than 56 percent priced under $150.
CoSport currently plans to commence a second phase of sales in June 2011, which will be first-come, first-served for any tickets unsold during the first phase of sales, and will also include any additional tickets that CoSport acquires from the London Organizing Committee in the future.
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