Second chance to buy Olympic Games tickets

Second chance to buy olympic tickets

Applicants who were pipped to the post for Olympic tickets in the first ballot are being given a second chance to apply for tickets until 11pm on 17 May

Second chance to buy olympic tickets
Above: The BT Tower showered in celebratory fireworks as the next round of Olympic tickets go on offer

A staggering 70,000 tickets are on offer, covering a whole range of events from hockey to tennis and beach volleyball to football. What’s more, a lucky handful of applicants will be able to secure a seat at the Games’ most coveted event of all – the men’s 100m final (though at £295, some may wish for a few false-starts to get their money’s worth).

Hopefuls can apply for up to four tickets, with a different event becoming available to buy every day. Full details of the purchasing schedule can be found at

Any remaining Olympic Games tickets that don’t get snapped up during this exercise will be put on general release from 23 May and buyers can apply for unsold tickets for the Paralympic Games on 21 May.

Second chance to buy Olympic Tickets
Above: Men's 100m record holder, Usain Bolt

Audiences for the Olympic events will come from all over the world. Indeed, this has always been the case, with 50 per cent of  tickets for the London 1948 games set aside for overseas supporters who wished to travel to the capital.

In 2012 75 per cent of tickets have been allocated to the general public so British athletes will enjoy an enthusiastic home crowd and an electric atmosphere at every event.

For those who don’t manage to secure tickets to this summer’s Games, there is still plenty to see and do to get in the Olympic spirit. What better way to be a part of the celebrations, for example, than by following the route of the Olympic Torch as it tours around the country?

The torch will begin its journey in Lands End on Saturday 19 May and continue on until it finally reaches the Olympic Park on Friday 27 July. Click here to find out if the Olympic Torch will be visiting you.

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