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Q&A: Olympic ticketing for people living outside Europe


Tickets to the London 2012 Olympic Games go on sale globally from March 15, but how can you buy one?

In all there are 8.8m tickets available for the Olympic Games alone, (with a further two million available for the Paralympic Games, which go on sale later in 2011).

Some 75% of the tickets are available to the general public in the United Kingdom and certain European nations.

The remaining 25% is a combination of tickets for worldwide fans, (through global National Olympic Committees and nominated agencies), sponsors and rights holders who provide the funds to stage the Games, and finally hospitality and travel packages.

When do the tickets go on sale?

Tickets go on sale globally from 15 March 2011.

So can I buy my tickets on that day?

Yes, however each Authorised Ticket Agency (ATR) will sell its tickets in different ways. You will need to contact the relevant ATR in your territory for full details.

As I live outside the UK, how do I apply for tickets?

Applying for tickets does depend on your country of residence. People from some European countries can apply through the London 2012 website, but residents of other countries need to apply through their National Olympic Committee or appointed Authorised Ticket Reseller.

The full list of authorised ticket sellers has been made available. So if, for example, you live in Rio de Janeiro you will need to log onto the website to purchase tickets for the London Olympics.

How much will the tickets cost?

Tickets will vary in price, with some very expensive seats and other cheaper tickets across all the events - including the Opening and Closing Ceremonies.

Each National Olympic Committee has been allocated a certain number of Olympic tickets based largely on event allocations at previous Olympic Games together with an assessment of likely medal chances and predicted spectator interest.

These allocations have been agreed between the IOC, the respective NOC, and Locog, (the London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games).

Authorised ticket sellers are allowed to mark up the price of an Olympic ticket by a maximum of 20%.

This is to cover their own costs. There may also be additional costs to take into account currency fluctuations.

Will there be any free events I can see?

Yes, there will be free events such as the marathons, road walks, cycling time trials and road cycling where you won't need a ticket apart from the final section.

However it is likely London 2012 will ticket the Olympic Park to control crowd numbers.

What if I can't get to London, will there be anything in other UK cities?

Yes, there are lots of venues outside London which will host Olympic and Paralympic events.

These are: City of Coventry Stadium (football), Eton Dorney (rowing), Hadleigh Farm, Essex (mountain biking), Hampden Park, Glasgow (football), Lee Valley White Water Centre (canoe slalom), Millennium Stadium in Cardiff (football), Old Trafford in Manchester (football), St James' Park in Newcastle (football) and Weymouth and Portland in Dorset (sailing).

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