London 2012 ticket payments nearing completion
Published: 31st May 2011 00:43:31
Millions of people who applied for London 2012 tickets will know later whether they have been successful.
All card payments are due to be taken by midnight on Tuesday.
Organisers will then be contacting people whose cards have failed until 10 June, and people will be told their allocation by 24 June.
There were 20 million applications for the 6.6 million tickets available to the general public via the controversial ballot.
The system takes money from buyers' accounts before they know which tickets they have been allocated.
A spokeswoman for Olympic 2012 organiser Locog said: "We have said that all card payments will be taken by 31 May and are still on track for this.
"We will then spend time contacting people whose cards have failed for whatever reason, and give them time to get funds into their accounts or enable payment. This process will be ongoing until 10 June.
"People will be told their allocation by 24 June."
Many successful applicants are now trying to guess which events they will be going to see, whereas those who have not had payment taken are wondering if they will end up empty-handed.
Some 1.8 million people have applied for the tickets, requesting an average 11 tickets each to make a total of 20 million ticket applications.
Popular events have been many-times oversubscribed, with the men's 100m final receiving one million requests for just 20,000 seats.
A second round of sales, in late June, will initially offer unsuccessful first-round ticket applicants the first chance to buy those tickets still available.
It will take place on a first-come, first-served basis with the money paid up front.
The general public will later be able to apply for remaining tickets.
The prices range from £50 to £725 for the showpiece 100 metres final, and reach £2,012 for the opening ceremony on 27 July.
In total, 8.8 million tickets are available for the Games - about half of the remaining 2.2 million tickets have been issued to national Olympic committees, with the other half split between sponsors, the International Olympic Committee, guests and hospitality partners.
London 2012 is looking to make £500m from ticket sales as part of bid to raise £2bn through private means.
A further two million tickets will be available for the Paralympic Games. They go on sale later this year.
At 00:59:22 in PoliticsA "badly managed" Home Office scheme resulted in asylum seekers being placed in "unacceptably poor" housing, the Public Accounts Committee has said.
At 00:48:17 in HeadlinesSouth Sudan's President Salva Kiir has sacked the head of the army.
At 00:39:06 in EnglandThe decline of some regional English dialects has been mourned for years but now sign language is being hit by the same trend. Researchers say regional variations that produced 22 different ways of signing the word "purple" are dying out.
At 00:29:16 in HeadlinesFormula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone is set to appear at the start of a trial on bribery charges in Munich.
At 00:16:58 in BusinessEnergy grids across the world are struggling to cope with a surge in demand for electricity and increasingly volatile supply from renewable power sources.
At 00:11:50 in SportEighteen-time US Olympic swimming champion Michael Phelps says concerns about weight gain were behind his decision to return to the sport.
At 00:09:32 in BusinessBeckford's Tower stands proudly on the hills overlooking the spa city of Bath, a monument to eccentricity and wealth.
At 00:01:40 in TechnologyDrones are becoming more common in our skies, performing a variety of tasks, from taking photos to monitoring crops and potentially even delivering broadband.
At 00:01:37 in HeadlinesBritish counter-terrorism police chiefs are making an unprecedented appeal to Muslim women to urge men against travelling to possibly fight in Syria.
At 23:52:22 in SportA turbulent three days for Manchester United has ended with them fending off allegations of unprofessionalism labelled against them by the League Managers Association (LMA).
Harvard CitationBBC News, 2011. London 2012 ticket payments nearing completion [Online] (Updated 31st May 2011)
Available at: http://www.ukwirednews.com/news/158009/London-2012-ticket-payments-nearing-completion [Accessed 24th Apr 2014]
News In Other Categories
The decline of some regional English dialects has been mourned for years but now sign language is being hit by the same trend. Researchers say regional variations that produced 22 different ways of signing the word "purple" are dying out.
Drones are becoming more common in our skies, performing a variety of tasks, from taking photos to monitoring crops and potentially even delivering broadband.
The Irish education minister has proposed a radical shake-up of the further education sector.
Griff Rhys Jones has withdrawn from becoming Cardiff University's new chancellor just two weeks after an embarrassing debacle which saw his appointment halted at the last minute.
Eighteen-time US Olympic swimming champion Michael Phelps says concerns about weight gain were behind his decision to return to the sport.
A "badly managed" Home Office scheme resulted in asylum seekers being placed in "unacceptably poor" housing, the Public Accounts Committee has said.