POSTED: October 15th 2010

Kids to benefit from special scheme as London 2012 sets Olympic ticket prices

London organisers hope they have found a golden touch / lake images
London organisers hope they have found a golden touch / lake images

KEIR RADNEDGE / Sports Features Communications

LONDON, Oct 14: London 2012 organisers have been unable to follow through their original pledge of Olympic tickets priced as low as had been hoped but a wide range of pricing has been confirmed along with a special scheme to open up the Games to schoolchildren.

Tickets for the opening ceremony will cost between £20.12 and £2,012 with seats at the men's 100m final ranging from £50 to £725. Some 75pc of the 8.8m tickets will go on public sale next March and 125,000 tickets are being set aside for schoolchildren.

Around 90pc of tickets for the 39 disciplines and 649 sports sessions will cost £100 or less, two-thirds less than £50 and 2.5 million tickets £20 or less.

 The cost of viewing the women's 100m final will range between £50 and £450 while other premium events, such as the cycling finals, will range from £50 to £325 and diving finals between £50 and £450. Events such as the marathon, road cycling and the triathlon will be free.

Olympics minister Hugh Robertson said: "I am confident we will have packed stadiums and venues with the range of tickets on offer, meaning that people of all ages and budgets will have the chance to attend London 2012."

From March, fans can register interest in an event and, if it is over-subscribed, will be entered into a ballot. So far, 1.7m have registered their interest with London 2012 which says it is determined to avert a repeat of the scenes of near-empty stadiums at some of Delhi 2010's events.

Special schemes

A spokesman said: "We recognise it will be a big challenge to make sure it's busy which is why we started the sign-up process early and millions of affordable tickets will be on sale."

There is also a scheme for those aged 16 and under, where the cost of a ticket will be the same as a child's age. About 200 non-premium sporting sessions will available in this initiative, which also includes the over 60s who will pay just £16.

The government and the Mayor of London are each being given 50,000 tickets and the British Olympic Association has been handed 25,000. These 125,000 are to be given free to secondary schools who have signed up to the Get Set programme, where pupils have to achieve a goal or do something to earn a ticket.

The government wants each school in Britain to receive six free tickets but London Mayor Boris Johnson wants to buy a further 75,000 so one in eight schoolchildren in London enjoy a free ticket to the Games.

London 2012 added that 15pc of tickets will go to national and international athletic committees and 10pc to stakeholders and sponsors.

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