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London 2012 Olympics: Schedule and tickets guide

By Ollie Williams

Chris Hoy
Can Chris Hoy win another clutch of medals at London 2012?
Four weeks after the full day-by-day schedule for the London Olympic Games in 2012 was revealed, tickets go on sale from 15 March.

Deciding what to watch - either from the sofa at home, or by purchasing tickets - will not be easy. There is a wealth of sport on offer, split into more than 640 sessions from 25 July to 12 August.

Remember that the schedule may change between now and the Games, and there is no guarantee that big names will participate in any given session - most have yet to even qualify for the Olympics, although they will expect to line up at the start in 2012.


WEDNESDAY, 25 JULY 2012
Sports: Football

The Games begin before the beginning. Two days ahead of the opening ceremony, the Olympic football competition begins early (as it has done at every Olympics since Sydney 2000).

We know the first action of the Games will be a women's football group game at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, with other fixtures at Coventry's Ricoh Arena and Glasgow's Hampden Park, but do not yet know which teams will be involved (or what form any British football teams taking part in the Games will take).

THURSDAY, 26 JULY 2012
Sports: Football

The football competition continues with the first set of men's group games in Glasgow, Newcastle, Manchester (Old Trafford), Coventry and Cardiff, one of which is earmarked to feature the British men's team.

FRIDAY, 27 JULY 2012
Sports: Archery

This is the day the Games officially begin - but you won't get to see any sport.

Beijing 2008 opening ceremony
Beijing 2008's opening ceremony was a spectacular affair

HIGHLIGHTS

- The opening ceremony is scheduled to begin at 1930 BST inside the Olympic Stadium

- But be careful with your punctuation if you hope to buy tickets: prices range from £20.12 to £2,012

OFF THE BEATEN PATH

- The Olympic flame will wend its way through London in the lead-up to the ceremony, so you can line the route for free if you want to take part in proceedings

- Archery is the only sport taking place, but these are preliminary rounds which take place behind closed doors at Lord's Cricket Ground

SATURDAY, 28 JULY 2012
Sports: (Events with medals to be won shown in bold)
Archery, Badminton, Basketball, Beach Volleyball, Boxing, Cycling (road), Equestrian (eventing), Fencing, Football, Gymnastics (artistic), Handball, Judo, Rowing, Shooting, Swimming, Table Tennis, Tennis, Volleyball, Weightlifting


Almost 20 sports leap to life on the first full day of action at the Games.

HIGHLIGHTS

- Mark Cavendish could win Britain's first gold medal in the men's cycling road race (tickets £20-£60 though you can turn up at most parts of the route for free)

- But the first gold of the Games is expected to come on the shooting range at the Royal Artillery Barracks (£40)

- The first swimming medals will be won that evening, while rowing heats begin at Eton Dorney, including the men's eights

SPORT EDITORS' BLOG
Dave Gordon
BBC Sport's head of major events

OFF THE BEATEN PATH

- A mid-range £35 ticket gets you a reasonable seat for three hours of table tennis singles at the ExCel, one of the Games' busiest venues but one many may overlook for day one

- In the same place, for the same price, the first judo sessions may see Ashley McKenzie fight for Britain and will definitely involve medals being won

SUNDAY, 29 JULY 2012
Sports: (Events with medals to be won shown in bold)
Archery, Badminton, Basketball, Beach Volleyball, Boxing, Canoe Slalom, Cycling (road), Diving, Equestrian (eventing), Fencing, Football, Gymnastics (artistic), Handball, Hockey, Judo, Rowing, Sailing, Shooting, Swimming, Table Tennis, Tennis, Volleyball, Water Polo, Weightlifting


Will Rebecca Adlington be lining up a gold medal in the pool as Wembley hosts its first 2012 Olympic football match?

Rebecca Adlington (left) with Joanna Jackson at Beijing 2008
Rebecca Adlington (left) should be a contender in 2012

HIGHLIGHTS

- It's the final of the women's 400m freestyle at the Aquatics Centre, one of two events Rebecca Adlington won for Britain at Beijing 2008 (tickets £50-£450)

- Nicole Cooke won Britain's first gold medal in Beijing, and will want to defend her title in the women's cycling road race

- The new Wembley Stadium makes its Olympic debut, hosting two men's football group games (£20-£60)

OFF THE BEATEN PATH

- This is a good chance to see artistic gymnastics, a sport in which British medal hopes are high, on a budget. Tickets for each of today's three qualification sessions start at £20 (up to £150)

- The women's team archery at Lord's is an outside bet for a British medal, in what promises to be a magnificent setting (£30-£95)

- Lee Valley's whitewater course welcomes the Olympic canoe slalom competition, with the men's canoe and kayak single heats (£20-£60)

MONDAY, 30 JULY 2012
Sports: (Events with medals to be won shown in bold)
Archery, Badminton, Basketball, Beach Volleyball, Boxing, Canoe Slalom, Diving, Equestrian (eventing), Fencing, Gymnastics (artistic), Handball, Hockey, Judo, Rowing, Sailing, Shooting, Swimming, Table Tennis, Tennis, Volleyball, Water Polo, Weightlifting


Will Michael Phelps and Ian Thorpe go head-to-head at the Aquatics Centre?

HIGHLIGHTS

- Australian swimming legend Thorpe recently announced his comeback and if he makes it to 2012, the men's 200m freestyle will be the likely scene for a showdown with 14-time Olympic gold medallist Phelps (tickets £50-£450)

- Earlier in the day, the same venue hosts the men's 10m synchronised platform diving final - one of Tom Daley's events (also £50-£450)

- Britain's men's hockey team face their first test of the Games on the opening day of the men's competition inside the Olympic Park (£20-£65 per session - there are three sessions, GB could feature in any)

LIFTING THE CROWD
I went to see the weightlifting in Beijing and didn't know what to expect, but I found it a real spectacle.

One person steps into the spotlight, the crowd go silent, they strain to lift this enormous weight, they achieve it, and it's a cathartic moment for the crowd. It is thoroughly enjoyable

Paul Williamson
Head of ticketing, London 2012

OFF THE BEATEN PATH

- Weightlifting at the ExCel reaches the women's 58kg category. If she qualifies, this is when British teenager Zoe Smith will compete. There are two relevant sessions, group A (for the top lifters - and where Smith would hope to be) and group B (for the rest), so there is a gamble involved in choosing a session if buying tickets (group A £45-£125, group B £20-£65)

- This is one of the cheapest days on which to see shooting at the Royal Artillery Barracks. A ground pass for the men's 10m air rifle and skeet qualification costs £20

TUESDAY, 31 JULY 2012
Sports: (Events with medals to be won shown in bold)
Archery, Badminton, Basketball, Beach Volleyball, Boxing, Canoe Slalom, Diving, Equestrian (eventing), Fencing, Football, Gymnastics (artistic), Handball, Hockey, Judo, Rowing, Sailing, Shooting, Swimming, Table Tennis, Tennis, Volleyball, Water Polo, Weightlifting


Sailing gets into full swing in Weymouth, plus a chance for British medals in the three-day eventing and judo.

SPORT EDITORS' BLOG
Dave Gordon
BBC Sport's head of major event

HIGHLIGHTS

- Euan Burton is GB's top judo player and likely to fight for a first Olympic judo gold in British history in the men's 81kg category at the ExCel (£20-£85 for the first session, £45-£125 for the medals later in the day)

- Equestrian's individual and team eventing medals are awarded in Greenwich Park, bringing a strong chance of British medals (£35-£150)

- Weather permitting, this is scheduled to be one of the busiest days of sailing in Weymouth, with almost every class in action. There are no medals on offer, so tickets are reasonably cheap at £35 - though bear in mind sailing can be a tricky spectator sport from the shore

OFF THE BEATEN PATH

- Richard Kruse is Britain's best chance of a fencing medal, and he should compete in the men's individual foil at the ExCel. You get plenty of fencing for your money in the day's opening session (£20-£65), while tickets for the final rounds cost £30 to £95

- Now may be a good day to visit Horse Guards Parade, which promises to be one of the Games' most spectacular venues as the home of beach volleyball. There are three sessions, each with four men's and women's games, costing £20 to £95 to see

- Alternatively, visit the handball arena for a taste of a sport few in Britain have seen. The very best tickets available come in at a comparatively low £50 (starting from £20), for which you get the best seats available to the public and entry to the Olympic Park

WEDNESDAY, 1 AUGUST 2012
Sports: (Events with medals to be won shown in bold)
Archery, Badminton, Basketball, Beach Volleyball, Boxing, Canoe Slalom, Cycling (road), Diving, Fencing, Football, Gymnastics (artistic), Handball, Hockey, Judo, Rowing, Sailing, Shooting, Swimming, Table Tennis, Tennis, Volleyball, Water Polo, Weightlifting


Can rower Greg Searle win Olympic gold for Britain after 10 years in retirement?

HIGHLIGHTS

- Searle won rowing gold at Barcelona 1992. Now, after 10 years away from the sport, he is back as part of the British men's eight, who should be in contention for a medal at Eton Dorney (£30-£150)

- Cycling's time trials take place and can be seen for free at Hampton Court Palace

- It's the final day of the Olympic football group stages, and a last chance to pick up the best tickets for £40 in Glasgow, Newcastle, Coventry, Cardiff and Manchester

OFF THE BEATEN PATH

- Never before has the men's artistic gymnastics individual all-around final meant much to Britain. Now there is a British contender in the shape of Daniel Keatings - who won a world silver medal in 2009 before injury struck last year. He should be back at his best for 2012 (tickets £50-£450)

- Badminton reaches the last 16 so it may be a good time to head to Wembley Arena, where the field has been whittled down to the best in the world, for £30-£95

- The morning session at the Aquatics Centre doesn't offer any finals, but for £20 upwards you ought to see Michael Phelps in the heats for the men's 200m individual medley, as well as potential appearances from top British duo Fran Halsall and Jo Jackson

THURSDAY, 2 AUGUST 2012
Sports: (Events with medals to be won shown in bold)
Archery, Badminton, Basketball, Beach Volleyball, Boxing, Canoe Slalom, Cycling (track), Equestrian (dressage), Fencing, Gymnastics (artistic), Handball, Hockey, Judo, Rowing, Sailing, Shooting, Swimming, Table Tennis, Tennis, Volleyball, Water Polo


Attention switches to the Olympic velodrome.

Olympic stars reveal London 2012 dream tickets

HIGHLIGHTS

- This is the first day of the Olympic track cycling, a discipline dominated by the British at Beijing 2008. Today sees the men's and women's team sprint competitions: Sir Chris Hoy led GB's men to victory in Beijing, while this marks the debut of the newly introduced women's event. Tickets £50-£325

- Things are hotting up at Wimbledon, too, where we reach a day packed with tennis quarter-finals and semi-finals, within a month of the traditional Wimbledon competition drawing to a close. Eight hours of action on Centre Court costs £35 to £115, or take a chance with a ground pass for £20

- David Florence and Richard Hounslow are world bronze medallists in the men's slalom canoe double, and they could add an Olympic medal on the last day of events at Lee Valley (£35-£150). Florence will already have had a chance in the single event - in which he won silver in Beijing - on 31 July

OFF THE BEATEN PATH

- Shooting's double trap final (£30) and the women's judo 78kg finals (£45-£125) are other options to consider if you want the sessions you attend to include hopes of British medals

- Rowing's men's lightweight fours should offer some of the toughest racing at Eton Dorney, with four or five crews (including Britain's current world champions) likely to be in the running for the gold medal (£30-£150)

- The table tennis men's singles event finishes at the ExCel. British interest is unlikely in a sport dominated by Chinese stars, but the action will be fast-paced and entertaining (£45-£125, or £20-£85 for the morning's semi-finals)

FRIDAY, 3 AUGUST 2012
Sports: (Events with medals to be won shown in bold)
Archery, Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, Beach Volleyball, Boxing, Cycling (track), Diving, Equestrian (dressage), Fencing, Football, Gymnastics (trampoline), Handball, Hockey, Judo, Rowing, Sailing, Shooting, Swimming, Table Tennis, Tennis, Volleyball, Water Polo, Weightlifting


The Olympic Stadium's track and field events begin on what could be a blockbuster day for Britain's big names.

SPORT EDITORS' BLOG
Dave Gordon
BBC Sport's head of major event

HIGHLIGHTS

- This is one of the busiest days of the Games with 24 sports in action, chief among them athletics, which begins with the men's shot put and women's 10,000m finals inside the Olympic Stadium (£50-£450 for the evening session)

- But you can't take your eyes off the velodrome, where Britain's men's team pursuiters defend their Olympic crown. (£50-£325)

- Later that evening, Rebecca Adlington has another chance to light up the Aquatics Centre in the women's 800m freestyle final, while GB duo Gemma Spofforth and Lizzie Simmonds could scrap for 200m backstroke gold (£50-£450)

- At Eton Dorney, Britain's Katherine Grainger - a silver medallist at the last three Olympics - may make a fourth attempt at rowing gold, this time in the women's double sculls (£30-£150)

OFF THE BEATEN PATH

- The opening day of track and field inside the Olympic Stadium will always be popular, but the cheaper morning session (£20-£150) will include the first two events of the women's heptathlon, likely to star Britain's Jessica Ennis

- If you want to taste the atmosphere of the North Greenwich Arena (known to most of us as the Millennium Dome or O2 Arena, but renamed during the Games to abide by Olympic sponsorship rules) during an Olympic Games, think about taking in one of the trampoline events. The men's event is today, priced £20-£185

- This is your last chance to see the archery at Lord's, with tickets for the men's individual finals priced £30-£95

SATURDAY, 4 AUGUST 2012
Sports: (Events with medals to be won shown in bold)
Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, Beach Volleyball, Boxing, Cycling (track), Diving, Equestrian (jumping), Fencing, Football, Gymnastics (trampoline), Handball, Hockey, Rowing, Sailing, Shooting, Swimming, Table Tennis, Tennis, Triathlon, Volleyball, Water Polo, Weightlifting


The biggest weekend of the Games begins, and Britain's Jessica Ennis could win women's heptathlon gold.

DON'T FORGET HEATS
Remember there are heats and semi-finals, so you can see Usain Bolt run for £20. Look beyond the last two nights (the relays) as well - Jessica Ennis, for example. She competes on two different days, in four sessions, at the beginning of the track and field events.

We would encourage people to have a more broad approach than simply the one, two, three top events

Paul Williamson
Head of ticketing, London 2012

HIGHLIGHTS

- Ennis is the current world and European heptathlon champion and her seven-discipline event is one of the first athletics medals to be decided at the Games, at primetime on Saturday night - just after the women's 100m final on an electrifying evening in London (£50-£450)

- The Olympic rowing competition finishes with the men's fours and lightweight double sculls the highlights of the final day, the latter likely to involve GB duo Zac Purchase and Mark Hunter (£30-£150)

- Swimming also bows out with lively relay events and the lightning-fast women's 50m freestyle final (£50-£450)

- See top athletes take a dip in the Serpentine as the women's triathlon takes place in a stunning Hyde Park setting, where some sections will be available to view for free (though others will require tickets, priced £20-£60)

OFF THE BEATEN PATH

- Getting inside the velodrome during the Games will be tough, with competition for tickets expected to be fierce. Try taking a canny approach if you want to visit but don't have specific events in mind. For example, this morning's session involves the start of the men's omnium (a new event at the Games) and the men's sprint qualifying. It will still be very popular but is one of the quieter sessions, and is comparatively cheap at £20-£150

- Buy tickets for any event inside the Olympic Park and you will be part of the atmosphere on a blistering day of action. You could target lower-profile events: see some water polo adjacent to the Aquatics Centre (£20-£65) or pay a visit to the Basketball Arena, next to the velodrome (£20-£115).

SUNDAY, 5 AUGUST 2012
Sports: (Events with medals to be won shown in bold)
Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, Beach Volleyball, Boxing, Cycling (track), Diving, Equestrian (jumping), Fencing, Gymnastics (artistic), Handball, Hockey, Sailing, Shooting, Synchro Swimming, Table Tennis, Tennis, Volleyball, Water Polo, Weightlifting, Wrestling (Greco-Roman)


The men's 100m final concludes a frantic weekend - can Usain Bolt dominate as he did in Beijing?

HIGHLIGHTS

- Long considered the blue riband event of the Olympic Games, the men's 100m final delivered in Beijing with Bolt's stunning victory. Can he, and the event, reproduce the magic on the London track? GB's Christine Ohuruogu will also hope to defend her women's 400m Olympic title. To be in the arena you will have to pay from £50 up to £725, and you can expect this session to be many-times oversubscribed. Getting tickets to see the final will be almost as tough as winning it if your budget is limited

- Meanwhile, the women's marathon takes place on London's streets. Britain's hopes in the event are likely to include Paula Radcliffe and Mara Yamauchi - and you can see them for free over much of the course, though some areas will be ticketed from £20 to £50

- At Wimbledon, the Olympic tennis tournament concludes with a men's singles final which home supporters will hope stars Britain's Andy Murray (£65-£225)

- Ben Ainslie already has three sailing Olympic titles to his name, having won the Laser class in Sydney, then the Finn in Athens and Beijing. He is back in the Finn for London 2012 and today sees the Finn medal race off the coast of Weymouth (£55)

- Louis Smith won Britain's first individual gymnastics medal in 80 years when he won bronze on the pommel horse in Beijing. In 2012 he may face competition from his own team-mate Daniel Keatings in the same event, inside the O2 Arena (£50-£450)

WHY BUY A MARATHON TICKET?
Marathon tickets apply to the last few hundred metres in the Mall. The course is a loop, so you see the athletes several times over.

The arrangement is similar to the London Marathon, where stands accommodate paying customers near the finish line.

We also have to control the number of people in the area. There are only a few thousand tickets and we think there will be real demand

Paul Williamson
Head of ticketing, London 2012

OFF THE BEATEN PATH

- Inside the ExCel, Britain's men's foil fencing team are a medal hope on the sport's last day of action (£30-£95 for the bronze and gold medal matches)

- Greco-Roman wrestling begins today, also in the ExCel. This is the only sport in which there is no hope of seeing British competitors in action, but this helps to make it one of the easiest events for which to pick up tickets. You could see a gold medal won for just £20 (up to £95)

MONDAY, 6 AUGUST 2012
Sports: (Events with medals to be won shown in bold)
Athletics, Basketball, Beach Volleyball, Boxing, Canoe Sprint, Cycling (track), Diving, Equestrian (jumping), Football, Gymnastics (artistic), Handball, Hockey, Sailing, Shooting, Synchro Swimming, Table Tennis, Volleyball, Water Polo, Weightlifting, Wrestling (Greco-Roman)


Sir Chris Hoy and Beth Tweddle will look to lead British medal hopes.

HIGHLIGHTS

- Defending champion Hoy will hope to have reached the semi-finals of cycling's men's sprint, which is where the action picks up in the velodrome before the final takes place in the late afternoon (£50-£325)

- At 27, gymnast Tweddle could be a decade older than some of her rivals at the London Games. But she is the current uneven bars world champion and may capture the Olympic medal she currently lacks in the same event (£50-£450)

- Inside the Olympic Stadium, spectators should get to see Russian pole vault superstar Yelena Isinbayeva in action, alongside the finals of the men's 400m and 400m hurdles, and the victory ceremony for the previous night's men's 100m final

SPORT EDITORS' BLOG
Dave Gordon
BBC Sport's head of major event

OFF THE BEATEN PATH

- In Greenwich Park, the equestrian team jumping event reaches a climax. With tickets priced from £35 to £150, this is a shorter but cheaper session than the individual finals two days later, which cost £65-£275

- Football's semi-finals begin with the two women's matches, held at Manchester's Old Trafford and London's Wembley Stadium. Tickets for the women's games at this stage are, in some cases, less than half as expensive as the equivalent for the men's games a day later

TUESDAY, 7 AUGUST 2012
Sports: (Events with medals to be won shown in bold)
Athletics, Basketball, Beach Volleyball, Boxing, Canoe Sprint, Cycling (track), Diving, Equestrian (dressage), Football, Gymnastics (artistic), Handball, Hockey, Sailing, Synchro Swimming, Table Tennis, Triathlon, Volleyball, Water Polo, Weightlifting, Wrestling (Greco-Roman)


Hyde Park hosts the men's triathlon as the Olympic track cycling concludes.

Alistair Brownlee
Alistair Brownlee is a contender to win triathlon gold in Hyde Park

HIGHLIGHTS

- What price Alistair Brownlee for a home gold medal in the men's Hyde Park triathlon? Brownlee won the world title in 2009 and won two world-class races in 2010 despite injury. Elements of the course are free to view, other areas will cost from £20 to £60

- Later that day, events in the velodrome round off with the men's keirin - won by Sir Chris Hoy in Beijing, though he may not compete in the event here - and the women's omnium and sprint races. GB's Victoria Pendleton is the defending champion in the latter (£50-£325)

- Finals at the Olympic Stadium include the men's 1500m, high jump and discus, and the women's 100m hurdles (£50-£450)

- The men's football semi-finals take place at Wembley Stadium and Old Trafford (£30-£125)

OFF THE BEATEN PATH

- Britain's synchronised swimmers have come a long way since Beijing, and the top pair - Jenna Randall and Olivia Allison - are expected to reach the duet final at the Aquatics Centre (£30-£175)

- Buying a ticket for the women's artistic gymnastics floor final at the North Greenwich Arena may give you a chance to see Beth Tweddle in Olympic action for the very last time. It's also the final artistic gymnastics event of the Games (£50-£450)

- The table tennis team finals see several matches being played to determine which nations takes the gold. You should, theoretically, see more action than if you buy a singles final ticket at the same price (£45-£125)

WEDNESDAY, 8 AUGUST 2012
Sports: (Events with medals to be won shown in bold)
Athletics, Basketball, Beach Volleyball, Boxing, Canoe Sprint, Cycling (BMX), Diving, Equestrian (jumping), Handball, Hockey, Sailing, Table Tennis, Taekwondo, Volleyball, Water Polo, Wrestling (freestyle)


How will Beijing champion Dr Brabants operate on the 2012 sprint canoe course?

HIGHLIGHTS

- Tim Brabants stormed to victory in the men's kayak single 1000m race at Beijing 2008. Having taken two years away from the sport to work as a doctor he returned in 2010 and this could be his big day at Eton Dorney, which turns into the home of sprint canoeing after the rowing finishes (£35-£95)

- Track and field medals on offer at the Olympic Stadium include the men's 110m hurdles and the women's 200m, 400m hurdles and long jump (£50-£450)

- Among other gold medals awarded today are the men's sailing 49er class, the equestrian individual jumping, and the women's beach volleyball (though the latter may be a bit steep for some pockets, with the cheapest tickets at £95)

OFF THE BEATEN PATH

- This is a slightly quieter day but there remain plenty of attractive events on offer. Now may be the time to sample the Olympic BMX circuit, where GB's Shanaze Reade is expected to fight for gold, in the preliminary seeding runs (£20-£95)

- The women's hockey event reaches the semi-final stage inside the Olympic Park. Each semi-final costs between £30 and £95 to attend. Go to one of the play-offs for seventh-10th place earlier and you'll pay less

- Women's boxing, making its Olympic debut, reaches the semi-final stage. The best bet for British interest is Savannah Marshall in the middleweight category (£30-£110)

- Born in Ukraine but now wrestling for Britain, Yana Stadnik may be involved in the women's freestyle 48kg category at the ExCel (£20-£95)

THURSDAY, 9 AUGUST 2012
Sports: (Events with medals to be won shown in bold)
Athletics, Basketball, Beach Volleyball, Boxing, Canoe Sprint, Cycling (BMX), Diving, Equestrian (dressage), Football, Sailing, Swimming, Synchro Swimming, Taekwondo, Volleyball, Water Polo, Wrestling (freestyle)


Phillips Idowu has a chance at triple jump gold.

Phillips Idowu
Phillips Idowu is a triple jump gold medal hope for GB

HIGHLIGHTS

- Idowu could do no better than silver in Beijing, but subsequently won world and European titles. The triple jump takes place alongside the men's 200m (another chance for Usain Bolt) and 800m finals, and women's javelin final, inside the Olympic Stadium (£50-£450)

- The women's football final takes place at Wembley Stadium (£30-£125), with the bronze-medal play-off in Coventry (£30-£60)

- Men's boxing reaches a packed day of semi-finals at the ExCel. British names who may still be in the hunt at this stage include lightweight Tom Stalker and light-welterweight Bradley Saunders - there should be an Irish presence in the semi-finals, too. You get plenty of top-class boxing for your money in either of the two sessions (both £30-£150)

- Keri-Anne Payne should prove a strong contender for Britain in the women's marathon swim, involving laps of Hyde Park's Serpentine (£20-£60)

OFF THE BEATEN PATH

- As GB's top female sprint canoeist, Rachel Cawthorn has the chance of a medal in the 500m kayak single event at Eton Dorney (£35-£95)

- Dressage may be a complex sport for newcomers to grasp, but the equestrian event is given an entertaining injection of music in the Grand Prix Freestyle individual finals in Greenwich Park, where Britain's Laura Bechtolsheimer will hope to challenge for gold (£65-£275)

- Britain's rhythmic gymnasts have been fighting to improve ahead of 2012. They may not be medal prospects but you should catch them in action in today's qualification session at Wembley Arena (£20-£95)

FRIDAY, 10 AUGUST 2012
Sports: (Events with medals to be won shown in bold)
Athletics, Basketball, Boxing, Canoe Sprint, Cycling (BMX), Diving, Football, Gymnastics (rhythmic), Handball, Hockey, Sailing, Swimming, Synchro Swimming, Taekwondo, Volleyball, Water Polo, Wrestling (freestyle)


A big day for British prodigies?

Shanaze Reade at Beijing 2008
Shanaze Reade, right, crashed out of the 2008 BMX final

HIGHLIGHTS

- Shanaze Reade was one of Britain's brightest medal hopes in Beijing, but she fell from her BMX bike to the track and missed out in 2008. She says she has since grown up and is back to fight for gold in 2012. This ought to be a sparkling session with the men's and women's finals both on the same card, from a comparatively low £20 up to £125

- Lutalo Muhammad will fight for GB in the 80kg category at the Games after being selected ahead of world number one, Aaron Cook. The action is over in a day, but you must choose from three sessions. The first two start at £20 but the final session, involving the medals, costs from £30 to £95

- Relay finals begin at the Olympic Stadium, featuring the women's 4x100m and the men's 4x400m contests. Prices consequently take a hike, with tickets costing from £50 up to £725

- The women's gold-medal hockey match takes place inside the Olympic Park. On current form, the British team have a fair chance of making it that far (£45-£150)

OFF THE BEATEN PATH

- In Hyde Park, it's the turn of the men to dive into the Serpentine for the 10km open-water marathon swim (£20-£60)

- Cardiff plays host to the men's football bronze-medal match. Useful if you're not keen on travelling to London but want to see a big game (£30-£75)

- If you want to see Tom Daley in action, there may be less competition for tickets to today's 10m platform diving preliminaries, held a day before the final. If Daley reaches the Games, he must go through the preliminaries to reach the final (£30-£175)

SATURDAY, 11 AUGUST 2012
Sports: (Events with medals to be won shown in bold)
Athletics, Basketball, Boxing, Canoe Sprint, Cycling (mountain bike), Diving, Football, Gymnastics (rhythmic), Handball, Hockey, Modern Pentathlon, Sailing, Taekwondo, Volleyball, Wrestling (freestyle)


Men's football and hockey gold medals are decided - and will Tom Daley dive for gold?

HIGHLIGHTS

DAVE GORDON'S BLOG
Dave Gordon
BBC Sport's head of major event

- At 1500 BST, the men's Olympic football gold-medal game will kick off inside Wembley Stadium (£40-£185). Argentina beat Nigeria in the Beijing equivalent of this game

- Later that evening, the men's hockey gold medallists are also decided at the Olympic Park (£45-£150)

- That game ought to conclude at roughly the same time as the last track and field event of London 2012 finishes. The final night in the Olympic Stadium includes the men's 4x100m and women's 4x400m relays, plus the men's 5000m and javelin finals, and the women's 800m and high jump finals (£50-£725)

- The second of Tom Daley's two events, the individual 10m platform dive, reaches its final inside the Aquatics Centre (£50-£450)

- Inside the ExCel, the men's boxing finals begin with five Olympic titles up for grabs (£95-£395)

OFF THE BEATEN PATH

- Not many people know Ed McKeever's name, but he's the world champion in the canoe sprint single 200m event. Expect him to contend for Olympic gold at Eton Dorney (££35-£95)

- The mountain biking venue at Hadleigh Farm, in Essex, finally bursts to life for the women's cross-country race (£20-£45)

- Elsewhere, there are women's gold medals available in three team events - basketball, handball and volleyball

- Sailing in Weymouth draws to a close with the medal race in the women's Elliott 6m class, replacing the Yngling (which GB won in Beijing) in the Olympic schedule (£55)

SUNDAY, 12 AUGUST 2012
Sports: (Events with medals to be won shown in bold)
Athletics, Basketball, Boxing, Cycling (mountain bike), Gymnastics (rhythmic), Handball, Modern Pentathlon, Volleyball, Water Polo, Wrestling (freestyle)


Boxing and modern pentathlon conclude the Olympic Games, ahead of the closing ceremony.

HIGHLIGHTS

- Modern pentathlon's mixture of five sports - fencing, swimming, show jumping, running and shooting in that order - may seem anachronistic to some, but today's women's event is one in which Britain are historically very successful. Moreover, one £75 ticket gets you into the Olympic Park for the first two events, then into Greenwich Park for the remaining three, over a span of 10 hours. This may also become the last gold medal won at the 2012 Olympic Games

- The remaining five boxing medals are decided today at the ExCel (£95-£395)

- London 2012's final athletics event is the men's marathon, which will be free to view for most of the route, although some areas will cost between £20 and £50

- London will hand over to Rio for the 2016 Olympics with the spectacle of the closing ceremony inside the Olympic Stadium. With that, the Games conclude

WATER POLO: IN DEMAND?
Water polo is in a small arena and it's the national sport for a lot of European countries, so we're expecting high demand

Paul Williamson
Head of ticketing, London 2012

OFF THE BEATEN PATH

- It may pass under the radar in Britain, but the men's Olympic basketball final could see the US "Dream Team" defending their Beijing title

- Visiting the Games on the final day is an attractive proposition but, with a limited number of events still going, it may pay to explore lesser-known options. The men's handball final will set you back at least £45, but the play-offs for other places cost from £35 and will get you into the Olympic Park too


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What do I need to know about buying tickets?

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Where does each event take place?

Use the London 2012 official website to find out more about individual venues. Here is a brief summary of the venues for each sport:

Archery - Lord's Cricket Ground
Athletics - Olympic Stadium
Badminton - Wembley Arena
Basketball - Olympic Park / North Greenwich Arena
Beach Volleyball - Horse Guards Parade
Boxing - ExCel
Canoe Slalom - Lee Valley
Canoe Sprint - Eton Dorney
Cycling (BMX) - Olympic Park
Cycling (MTB) - Hadleigh Farm
Cycling (Road) - Course details
Cycling (Track) - Olympic Park
Diving - Olympic Park
Equestrian - Greenwich Park
Fencing - ExCel
Football - Various UK venues
Gymnastics (Artistic/trampoline) - North Greenwich Arena
Gymnastics (Rhythmic) - Wembley Arena
Handball - Olympic Park
Hockey - Olympic Park
Judo - ExCel
Modern Pentathlon - Olympic Park / Greenwich Park
Rowing - Eton Dorney
Sailing - Weymouth
Shooting - Royal Artillery Barracks
Swimming (inc. synchro) - Olympic Park
Table Tennis - ExCel
Taekwondo - ExCel
Tennis - Wimbledon
Triathlon - Hyde Park
Volleyball - Earls Court
Water Polo - Olympic Park
Weightlifting - ExCel
Wrestling - ExCel


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see also
2012 Olympics schedule revealed
15 Feb 11 |  London 2012
Q&A: London 2012 tickets
24 May 12 |  UK
West Ham 2012 stadium bid chosen
18 Oct 11 |  London
Olympic cycling route is revealed
10 Feb 11 |  London
Games triathlon course approved
04 Feb 11 |  London 2012
Extra Olympic tickets announced
22 Mar 10 |  London 2012


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