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500 days to the Olympic Games - tickets go on sale

  • Published: Monday, 14 March 2011

Tickets are now on sale for the London 2012 Olympic Games. The only way to buy tickets online in the UK is through the official website.  Don't buy a ticket from an unauthorised website or tout.

Applications for tickets

The London 2012 Olympic Games will open on 27 July next year. With 500 days until the opening ceremony, applications for tickets will be accepted from Tuesday 15 March. You have six weeks – up until Tuesday 26 April – to get your applications in.

The only way to apply for a ticket online in the UK is on the official London 2012 website. You can also get a postal application from any Lloyds TSB branch, or from any public library in Northern Ireland.

Applications will be accepted between 15 March and 26 April 2011. Tickets are not allocated on a first come first served basis. There is no advantage to submitting your application on the first day or the last day.

Ballot for popular events

Your application is only a request for tickets. For events where the demand exceeds the supply, London 2012 will use a random selection process. The ballot will ensure the fairest possible allocation of tickets for those sessions.


Payment will be taken from all successful applicants between Tuesday 10 May 2011 and Friday 10 June 2011. You will be notified of any tickets you have been allocated by 24 June 2011.

Paralympic Games

Applications for Paralympic Games tickets will open on 9 September 2011 and will follow a similar process.

Watch out for fraud

More and more tickets are now being sold over the internet, and smart criminals know how easy it is to set up professional looking fake websites. Make sure you don't fall for them.

Don't buy a ticket from an unauthorised website or tout. You risk being scammed, and not getting the ticket you wanted and paid for.

If you find tickets for sale before 15 March 2011 or available from any unauthorised source at anytime, don’t buy them. They are not genuine. Report it to Action Fraud or email London 2012 or contact your local police force.

Ticket touts

With nearly 11 million tickets ultimately available for the Olympic and Paralympic Games, it is very different from other major sporting and cultural events – making it attractive to ticket touts.

The government intends to increase the penalty for ticket touting. The fines for selling Olympic and Paralympic tickets without permission will rise from £5,000 to £20,000.

Hospitality packages

There are only three official providers for games breaks and hospitality packages in the UK - these are:

Other websites or companies will not be authorised to sell you a ticket as part of a package in the UK. Always check the terms and conditions to see exactly what you are being sold.

Overseas sales

Designated European countries

If you are a resident of one of the European countries listed below, you can apply for tickets on the London 2012 Olympic website from 15 March until 26 April:

Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland.

Alternatively, you can apply for Olympic Games tickets via your local National Olympic Committee or appointed Authorised Ticket Reseller from 15 March.

Other countries

If you are not a resident of the UK or one of the designated European countries you cannot use the London 2012 Olympic website to buy tickets. Regardless of your citizenship, you must apply for Olympic Games tickets via your local National Olympic Committee from 15 March.

Some National Olympic Committees may appoint an Authorised Ticket Reseller in order to help the general public obtain tickets for the Games. The full list of authorised retailers is available below.

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