Olympic tickets go on sale

[img_assist|nid=1354|title=|desc=Olympic tickets go on sale|link=popup|align=right|width=301|height=216]Tickets for hockey and the other London 2012 Olympic competitions went on sale this week. Ticketing is open until 11.59pm on April 26. 

As reported previously, hockey tickets vary from £20 for preliminary-game sessions to £150 for the best final tickets. Some discounted tickets are also available.

Of course, the actual teams you will see is not known yet as the qualification process has barely started. As hosts, GB men and women will be there.

For the full hockey schedule and ticket prices click here.

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. Where events are oversubscribed (an experience suggests they will be), tickets will be allocated by ballot.

Key points

  • To apply on-line you need a VISA card (one of the sponsors)
  • There were some early problems with cards that expire in the near future but VISA reports these are now fixed
  • VISA cards will be debited for all successful applicants between Tuesday May 10, 2011 and Friday June 10, 2011
  • Closing application date is April 26
  • You can also apply by post (see below)
  • If you are outside the EU you have to apply through your national Olympic association or, in some cases, through an authorised reseller.

Ticket and accommodation packages are also on sale in the UK through Thomas Cook branches and on their website www.thomascooklondon2012.com.

Also in the UK, on-site hospitality packages are available to purchase through the London 2012 Prestige Ticketing programme at www.prestigeticketing.london2012.com. A levy has been placed on the price of these tickets which will see tickets donated to school children up and down the country every time a package is purchased in London 2012’s innovative Ticketshare scheme. 

A range of fully inclusive packages including tickets, accommodation, food and beverages, and transportation is available from Jet Set Sports (http://www.jetsetsports.com/).

London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) chair Sebastian Coe commented: “This is a momentous moment for all involved in London 2012. This starts the journey for those who have been dreaming of getting hold of an Olympic ticket since the day we won the bid in 2005 – these really are the greatest tickets on earth.”

Postal applications will also be accepted in the UK, with application forms contained in the official ticketing guide available from Lloyds TSB branches in England and Wales, Bank of Scotland branches in Scotland and public libraries in Northern Ireland.

Customers are advised to purchase London 2012 Olympic Games tickets only through official sources. It is illegal to sell London 2012 Olympic Games tickets without the permission of LOCOG. Any website or individual claiming to have tickets for sale should be checked against the list of official outlets on the London 2012 ticketing website www.tickets.london2012.com[img_assist|nid=1576|title=|desc=|link=none|align=right|width=200|height=234]

Sebastian Coe commented: “We want this to be the greatest show on earth, not the greatest scam on earth, and we want these tickets to be bought by genuine sports fans, who want to be part of London 2012. I would urge caution, be sure about where you are buying tickets from and if they are not an official ticket seller, be safe and don’t take a chance.”