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60 Second guide to Olympic tickets

Must-know facts about London 2012 tickets

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Applications for the London 2012 Olympic games tickets have closed, but that doesn’t mean there is no way to get or sell tickets.

While London Olympics attendance applications are no longer being accepted, that doesn’t mean sports fans have no chance of getting hold of Olympics tickets. 

However, with demand for tickets at a premium, there are plenty of unscrupulous firms and individuals looking to pass on fraudulent goods – meaning it’s more important than ever to ensure that you know who you are trading with. 

So, no Olympics 2012 tickets are on sale?

The window for new Olympic ticket applications closed on 31 May, meaning that around one in seven of the 1.8 million people who applied for tickets will find themselves unsuccessful. 

All applicants will discover whether they have been successful by 24 June. After this date, unsold tickets will be made available via a second ballot, being sold on a first-come, first served basis.

What if I didn’t apply for Olympics tickets but want to attend an event?

Anyone who has not applied for Olympics tickets to date will be given the opportunity to purchase tickets in November and December from the official London 2012 website. 

Can I still get tickets to the big events?

The Olympic opening ceremony, and high-profile events such as track and field and gymnastics, are incredibly popular and ticket prices reflect this. They range from £20 to more than £2,000 for the opening ceremony, and up to £750 for the men’s 100 metre sprint final – predicted to feature Olympic champion Usain Bolt. Although tickets for these events are predicted to sell out before the second ballot, there are other ways to buy legitimate tickets.

Where can I go to get Olympics tickets?

The obvious starting point is through the official London 2012 website, but there is nothing to stop people from obtaining tickets from official sellers in other countries. 

Be aware that there are a number of fraudsters already trying to capitalise on people’s desperation to attend Olympic events – so use the London 2012 ticketing website checker to establish the validity of ticket selling sites. 

What if I struck gold and got all the tickets I bid for?

Some people will have been granted all of the tickets they asked for, meaning that they will need to pay a substantial sum. If you are in this position, consider switching to a Which? Best Buy 0% balance transfer credit card to save money.

Can I sell on unwanted Olympics tickets?

Yes, but you will have to go though an official selling exchange – details of which are to be found on the London 2012 site. Don’t sell independently of this site, as you could face a £20,000 fine. Information on where you can legitimately sell on Olympics tickets will be published on the official London 2012 site.

Have you found a dodgy Olympics ticket site?

Contact Alice Judd or Dan Moore via news@which.co.uk.

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