26/Oct/2014 - Last News Update: 01:57

London 2012: Olympic ticket resale window to close

Category: England

Published: 3rd Feb 2012 10:33:05

People have just a few hours left to sell their unwanted Olympics tickets.

Games organiser Locog offered to buy back all unwanted tickets at face value after problems with the resale website.

The site was designed for people to buy and sell tickets but it crashed within hours of the resale window opening on 6 January, and was closed the same day.

On 17 January the site reopened for people to sell unwanted tickets until 18:00 GMT on 3 February, and these will be resold to the public from April.

On 9 January the site, run by Ticketmaster, was partially reopened to sell Football and Paralympic tickets.

The window to buy Football and Paralympic tickets closes on Monday with any unsold tickets also due to go on sale from April.

Speaking after the website crashed Locog commercial director Chris Townsend said: "We made a commitment to our customers to give them a safe, secure and legal way of selling Olympic and Paralympic tickets which they are no longer able to use.

"We believe this system - purchasing the tickets back from customers now, and offering them again from April - will result in a better customer experience for everyone."

There have been a series of ticketing problems for Locog. The first sales period had to be extended after the site slowed down.

In the second round of sales, thousands of people thought they had bought tickets only to be told the following day they would not be charged, as they had not actually got any tickets.

Ten thousand tickets to watch synchronised swimming were put up for sale, yet they did not exist and customers have been offered a swap with seats at some of the Games' most sought after events including the men's 100m final.

Police have warned it is a criminal offence to resell London 2012 tickets on the open market without the permission of Locog.

BBC News External Link Show Citation

Latest News

Harvard Citation

BBC News, 2012. London 2012: Olympic ticket resale window to close [Online] (Updated 3rd Feb 2012)
Available at: http://www.ukwirednews.com/news/223071/London-2012-Olympic-ticket-resale-window-to-close [Accessed 26th Oct 2014]

News In Other Categories

  • Chris Eubank Jr wins Billy Joe Saunders warm-up bout

    Chris Eubank Jr warmed up for his fight against fellow Briton Billy Joe Saunders with a second-round stoppage of Germany's Omar Siala in Liverpool.
  • Johann Lamont resignation: Salmond blames Miliband for Labour 'meltdown'

    Ed Miliband is to blame for Johann Lamont quitting as leader of the Scottish Labour Party, Alex Salmond has claimed.
  • Muslim inmate at IoW Prison planned escape with hostage

    Detailed plans to kidnap a prison officer in a bid to escape from the Isle of Wight Prison, were found in the cell of a Muslim inmate.
  • Bristol Academy extends reach overseas with first foreign students

    With the doors to its brand new £1million training centre officially open, one of the UK's leading apprentice training providers, Bristol based S&B Automotive Academy, is showcasing its world-class facilities by launching a series of foreign student exchanges for the first time in its 41-year history. To get a flavour of what life is like as an apprentice in the UK, the Academy hosted 16 apprentice engineers and bus drivers from the G9 Automotive College in Hamburg, Germany, as part of a Europe-wide vocational training initiative called the ‘Leonardo Programme’ with support from the European Social Fund. In a reciprocal arrangement, S&B will be sending nine apprentices to Germany during February 2012 so that they can get an appreciation of life in the automotive industry on the Continent. A further three German exchange groups are being planned for next year. Designed to assist the development of vocational skills and training across Europe, including work placements for trainees, the Leonardo Programme has a budget of €1.75bn, which is helping to encourage UK organisations to work with their counterparts abroad. In what is expected to be another challenging year for employers in the UK automotive sector, S&B’s Chief Executive, Jon Winter, claims that the exchange initiative will bring many benefits to the Academy and its apprentices: “In a world of global automotive brands, it’s important for our learners to understand the international context of the industry they have chosen to make their career. This new exchange programme will enable apprentices and Academy staff alike to achieve a better understanding of the challenges and opportunities within the automotive arena in Europe. With the Academy’s influence also extending to the USA and Asia, there’s every possibility that this initiative could move further afield in the future.” Continued Winter: “The need for skilled technicians across the world is on the increase and we actively encourage our apprentices to look at broader horizons during their training. Many of them have already learned the phrase ‘Vorsprung durch Gelehrtheit’, quite simply, ‘Advancement through learning.” In the 2010/11 academic year, S&B doubled the number of successful Apprenticeships over the previous year with some 350 apprentices graduating from the Academy. At the same time, achievement levels reached an all-time high with an overall success rate of 85%. For those learners on the Advanced Apprenticeship three-year programme, success rates were even higher, at over 98%. PHOTO CAPTION: As part of their exchange visit, S&B Automotive Academy arranged for the German apprentices to visit Hampshire bus operator, Bluestar, at its Barton Park depot. The students are pictured with S&B’s Andy West (3rd right) and Steve Prewett, Bluestar’s Area Engineering Manager (2nd right). Ends http://www.sandbaa.com
  • Man charged over cannabis seizure in Forglen, County Londonderry

    A 25-year-old man has been charged with a number of drug offences.
  • 'It's just my brain is misbehaving'

    Anne, 55, was diagnosed with a rare variant of Alzheimer's Disease in June, four years after first raising concerns about her memory and vision. She is one of thousands of younger people learning to live with a disorder that mainly affects the over-65s.