How hard it was to buy tickets for 2012 London Olympic Games

They’re Not Cheap and You’d Better Have a Visa Card

London in 2012 will be home to the Olympic Games. Set to be one of the most spectacular Olympic Games ever, British officials have just announced tickets will go on sale in March, 2011, and they expect a huge rush. If you’d like to attend the London 2012 Olympic Games, you can buy tickets online and here’s how to do it. But, be warned, buying Olympic Games tickets is complicated, expensive and not likely to be ‘available to everyone’ as the British government once promised they would be. Plus, you’ll need a Visa card.

Where Do I Buy Tickets For London 2012 Olympic Games?

The first thing you should do is go to the London 2012 Olympic Games website and register your interest. When you register, you can tell the London Olympic Games Committee which events interest you the most. That way, when they’re close to starting to sell tickets, you’ll be contacted via e-mail with information on those events, prices and any special offers or information you might need. From there, you can apply. The London 2012 Olympic Games website is here.

How Much Are London 2012 Olympic Games Tickets?

Although prices were supposed to be ‘inexpensive’ so that everyone had the chance to attend, it’s looking more and more like the majority of tickets will be high priced and difficult to get hold of.

Basic ticket prices begin at £20 (currently around $31.05). Children 16 years of age or under will pay their age (eg: if you’re 14 you’ll pay £14) and Seniors will pay £16.

Other prices will range from £20 per session up to £150, depending on the session and the sport. Finals of events are priced as high as £725. With opening ceremonies and closing ceremonies in the £20.12 to £2,012 range, depending on the seat.

For cheap tickets, the problem comes in with the announcement that out of 8.8 million tickets, only 2.5 million will be £20 or less, with the majority being much higher. Twenty five percent of the tickets won’t go on sale at all. They’ll be used for sponsors, dignitaries, Olympic officials etc.

For a full price list for every seat, check out the Olympic Games tickets section on their website. You can download the entire list for future reference, or just look at it on the website. Prices are broken out by sport, venue, session type and whether or not there are ‘Special Prices’ available.

How Does Ordering Tickets Work?

There’s actually no ‘first come first served’ at the London Olympics. Instead, as soon as the tickets application process is opened everyone interested puts in their information including credit card info and then, after a set time, the people who were successful getting the tickets will be contacted. They’ll either get them by being one of a set number of people who applied (ie: there were more tickets available than people who applied) or, if too many people apply, there will be a drawing and the lucky ones contacted afterwards.

Remember, you’re competing with people from all over the world, many desperate to get to the London Games, so don’t be too disappointed if you can’t get what you want.

The Olympic Committee therefore recommends you apply for tickets in several sports, with the understanding you may not get what you really want. But… you are legally bound to purchase the tickets you’re allocated, you could end up with an expensive bill if you get tickets in every event you apply for. Not a particularly smart way of doing things, it would seem. So be careful.

How Do I Pay?

The other drawback is, for online tickets, the London 2012 Olympic Games is only accepting Visa cards, as they’re the sponsors of the Games. So, if you have a MasterCard, American Express or any other credit card type, you’re out of luck and will have to apply via mail, if you don’t know anyone with a Visa card who can do it online for you.

For any more information, check out the London 2012 Olympic Games tickets website.