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Have your say on 2012 ticketing
There will be over 9 million tickets available for the 2012 Games, but who will get them and what is a fair price to pay to see an Olympic event?
The London Assembly is calling on Londoners to have their say ahead of the official announcement of the ticketing strategy later this year. They are launching a special online discussion forum today [Thursday 11 February] and a summary of the comments will be presented to the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games (LOCOG).
LOCOG are working with Ticketmaster to distribute the tickets, which will go on sale through a ballot in 2011. 7.7 million will be available for the Olympics and 1.5 million for the Paralympic Games.
A 2009 survey found that more than 44 per cent of Londoners want to go to the Games, a total of 3.3 million people that would potentially account for more than a third of tickets.
LOCOG have pledged that as many people as possible should be able to attend and initially suggested that more than 4.3 million tickets would be under £20 - but official prices have not yet been announced.
The review, by the Assembly's Economic Development, Culture, Sport and Tourism Committee, will look at all aspects of ticketing, including supply, affordability, the risks of fraud and how to fill seats at less popular events.
The committee will discuss the issues with representatives from the 2002 Manchester Commonwealth Games and the O2 Arena at their public meeting on 24 February.
Dee Doocey, Chair of the Economic Development, Culture, Sport and Tourism Committee said,
“Given how much Londoners have paid for the Games, we want to ensure their views are taken into account before LOCOG make their final decision.
“Our new online discussion forum is the perfect way to let us know what you think about a range of issues, from price to accessibility, touting and filling empty seats.
Have your say at www.london.gov.uk/2012tickets
Notes to Editors
1. London Councils, Mar 2009. www.londoncouncils.gov.uk/London%20Councils/LondonCouncilsMRUKOlympicsResearchReport.pdf
Dee Doocey AM is available for interviews. For more details, please contact Alastair Cowan in the Assembly Media Office on 020 7983 4504.
For out of hours media enquiries please call 0207 983 4000 and ask for the Assembly duty press officer. Non-media enquiries should be directed to the Public Liaison Unit, Greater London Authority, on 020 7983 4100.
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