London 2012 Olympics tickets – fair or farce?


Like so many of you, we too are among the 1.2 million applicants who have ended up no London 2012 Olympics tickets.  Here’s the email that the London 2012 Ticketing team have issued to all unsuccessful applicants.  And please post a comment telling us whether you think the ticketing procedure has been fair or a farce.

Your Olympic ticket application.

We would like to thank you for applying for London 2012 Olympic Games tickets.

Due to the overwhelming demand for tickets, we are sorry that you have not been allocated the tickets you requested. We can confirm that we have not taken any payment from you.

Demand for tickets greatly exceeded supply in the sessions and price categories you applied for. Where sessions were oversubscribed, we undertook a random ballot to allocate tickets in the fairest possible way. We had applications for more than 20 million tickets, seeing huge demand across many sports. Two-thirds of all price categories were oversubscribed and went to ballot.

Exclusive opportunity

We would like to invite you to take advantage of an exclusive opportunity to purchase some of the remaining tickets, in advance of those customers who were allocated tickets in the initial application phase.

From 6am on 24 June until 6pm on 3 July 2011 you will be able to request some of the remaining tickets on the London 2012 ticketing website

These tickets will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. They cover a great range of Olympic sports including Athletics, Basketball, Football, Handball, Hockey and Volleyball. Download the full list of available sports

During this second chance sales window you will only be able to submit one application, and you will be able to apply for a maximum of three sessions. Once you submit, you will receive an email confirming your application. We will then advise you which tickets you have been allocated within 24-48 hours, subject to successful payment. All payments will be taken between 4 and 7 July 2011.

We very much hope you will take advantage of this exclusive ticket offer so you can still be a part of the greatest show on earth.

If you have any questions regarding your Olympic Games ticket application, please visit our Frequently asked questions

Thomas Cook Games Breaks

As the official provider of short breaks to the Games, Thomas Cook still have a limited number of Games Breaks available. Thomas Cook Games Breaks start at £99 per person and include official tickets, accommodation in London hotels and a range of other services. Find out more on the Thomas Cook website

Best wishes
The London 2012 Ticketing team

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  1. james says:

    I got some tickets and it has been a rip off. They took all the good tickets and left the rubbish. we have been mugged in a fixed lottery. Cheats

    Boycott all the sponsors. I will now never use my Visa card, never buy a BMW, never drink Heineken, never drink Coca Cola, never buy a Acer computer, never use Atos, never Origin, never buy GE good, never eat at McDonald’s, never use Omega, never buy Panasonic never buy Samsung, never
    buy addidas, never use EDF Energy, never sue Nortel, never use Deloitte, never eat Cadbury.

    they have cheated us the citizens. we should now hurtv them in the pocket. Everytime I think of the olympics it will be with disgust with the sponsors. They cheated us all.

  2. admin says:

    Wow, James… never eat Cadbury’s chocolate?! Aren’t you cutting off your nose to spite your face there? ;)

  3. admin says:

    FWIW, I don’t think I’m any happier than you are with it all. I applied for 4 tickets for each of the following:

    Opening ceremony
    100m final

    I knew we had little chance with either of the first two but included them in the application anyway. The other two I applied for just so we’d be able to say “we were there” – for something, at least.

    But no… we can’t, as like so many others, we were unsuccessful. It would surely have made more sense if buyers were given some indication of how many tickets were available for certain events, and at each tier, as well as how much demand there was for each. With that kind of information, people could at least make more informed decisions. It would perhaps also have made sense if there was a more even distribution. If people applied for tens of thousands of £s worth of tickets, that they were perhaps ‘ruled out’ from receiving an excessive number to allow those with more modest requests to at least have a chance.

    All in all, it would seem it’s all been handled very poorly indeed, sadly.

  4. gabriele says:

    can someone send me the application of the London 2012 tickets? although I would not be used. thanks

  5. admin says:

    If you were after some of the key tickets for the Olympics, Gabriele, you’ve kind of missed the boat. There have been two parts to the application process already. If you’d like more information, the website for information on tickets is

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