2012 London Olympics: How to Score Tickets

2012 Olympics Equestrian Cross Country test event in Greenwich Park, London
2012 Olympics Equestrian Cross Country test event in Greenwich Park, London  (Bob Martin/London 2012)

For sports fans, the 2012 London Olympics is the holy grail of competition. The events happen just once every four years and feature some of the fastest, strongest, and best athletes in the world competing in everything from beach volleyball and soccer to wrestling and cycling. This year’s games will be held from July 27 through August 12, and scoring a ticket to one of the 40 sports and 645 separate events may give you live access to witnessing history. Think American swimmer Michael Phelps winning eight gold medals in Beijing, or Jamaican runner Usain Bolt setting a world record in the 100 meter sprint.

There are several ways to buy tickets to the 2012 London Olympics:

If you live in the U.S.: U.S. residents can purchase tickets through the USOC’s official ticket broker, CoSport. Once you’re on the site, you’ll have to register for an account, which will then give you the ability to put in a request for tickets. All remaining inventory will go on sale in June 2012.

If you live in the U.K. or E.U.: First, you’re in luck if you’re one of 20,000 applicants who submitted a request for tickets in 2011. If so, you’ll have access to a pre-sale of featured sports on specified dates in May 2012. General sale to the public of all tickets remaining after the presale will be available online and by phone on a first-come, first-served basis at 11 a.m. (British Standard Time) on May 23, 2012.

Finally, if you’re shut out of tickets during the general sale, tickets can be purchased directly from ticket holders through the official London 2012 resale website (this site will be launched shortly). And, of course, tickets can frequently be found on resale sites such as Stubhub, Ebay, and Craigslist.

A couple bits of useful information:
*Tickets will start at just £20 (roughly $32), with discounts on tickets for children (16 and younger) and seniors (60 and older).
*For U.K. and E.U. residents, tickets can be purchased through the official Olympics website with Visa cards only.
*Each ticket will include free access to London’s public transportation system on the day of the event.
*Several events, including the men’s and women’s marathon, the triathlon, and road cycling, which will take place throughout the city, will be free to all spectators.

Published: 21 May 2012 | Last Updated: 5 Jun 2012
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication

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