18 Jun 2011

Second chance to get Olympics tickets

7:12 am on 18 June 2011

More than a million fans who failed to land London 2012 Olympic tickets will get the chance to try again when the second round of sales starts next Friday with mainly football tickets available.

Tales of frustration abounded after many Britons were left empty-handed despite multiple applications in the ballot and complaining that too many tickets were going to corporate sponsors.

Fans hoping to sample the Olympic atmosphere in London could still be left disappointed as many of the men's and women's' football matches are taking place at venues like Cardiff's Millennium Stadium and Old Trafford in Manchester.

The Organising committee LOCOG said 2.3 million tickets -- including 1.7 million for football-- would be available in the second round of ticket sales between June the 24th and July the 17th, while an additional 1 million tickets would go on sale in December.

LOCOG, which said it aimed to get two thirds of the 1.9 million original applicants to the Games, said sales for the first 10 days of the second phase would be exclusively for people who had been unsuccessful in the first phase.

The second round will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis, in contrast to the previous ballot process, and fans will find out between 24 and 48 hours later if they are successful rather than waiting weeks like in the first round.

Demand massively exceeded supply in popular sports and sessions in the first round of ticket sales, with more than two million requests for the opening ceremony and more than a million for the athletics men's 100 metres final.