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2012 Games tickets increased

2010-03-22 13:08
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London - London 2012 Olympic organisers have increased the number of tickets available to the public by 300 000 to eight million.

In their first major announcement on ticketing, the London 2012 organising committee (LOCOG) revealed the increase in the number of tickets from 7.7m to eight million and a rise of 500 000 to two million for the Paralympics.

LOCOG also revealed 75 percent of tickets, which will go on sale from spring 2011, will be available directly to the public via a ballot with pricing details to be issued later this year.

A 'sign up' registration scheme has been launched issuing more information to the public about the process of applying for tickets next year.

LOCOG chief executive Paul Deighton said on Monday: "Right now, we're asking people to sign up on the ticketing website and make sure they're in the front row for information.

"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."

Tessa Jowell, Olympics Minister, said: "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."

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said: "With less than 900 days to go to the London Games excitement levels are starting to pick up pace and there is understandably huge interest in tickets."

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