LOCOG Says 80% Of Olympics Tickets Have Been Sold
More than 80% of all Olympics tickets, or 7 million, "have now been sold," according to Gordon Farquhar of the BBC. LOCOG said that a million were bought in the last month and several thousand "were yet to be made available." The most tickets remaining were for volleyball, boxing, weightlifting and basketball. However, those tickets were mainly "top prices in early competition rounds." LOCOG said that excluding football, 90% of all tickets have been sold. There had been a "small trickle" of returned tickets, including one or two pairs of 100-meter finals seats, which "would be released on to the general website when cleared for resale" (BBC, 6/27).
TICKETS IN FRANCE: In Paris, Olivia Derreumaux reported that France still has Olympic tickets available. About 10,000 tickets "will be put on sale until the start" of the Games. French ticket agency EVENTEAM President Igor Juzon said 100 to 200 tickets will be put on sale every day in an attempt to "satisfy the demand until the start, maybe even during the competition." The prices for the tickets range from €26 ($32) to €2,200 ($2,700). After England, France received the most tickets from LOCOG with 100,000 of the 9 million that were commercialized. That is because of the "geographic proximity with England, the population in the country and the number of French athletes that received medals" at the 2008 Beijing Games. Of the €485M ($605M) from ticket revenue that LOCOG expects, €10M ($12.5M) "should come from the French market" (LEFIGARO, 6/27).