London 2012 tickets are on sale now – find out how to apply for yours
London 2012 tickets are on sale from today – 15 March 2011 – if you’re racing to get one, find out what you need.
You only have until 11.59pm on 26th April to apply for your London 2012 tickets. Find out how to apply for yours below.
How to apply
If you’re a resident of the UK or a designated country, you can apply for Olympic Games tickets through the 2012 ticketing website – and you’ll also need a Visa debit, credit or pre-paid card. So if you’re hoping to see Tom in the diving or Chris in the cycling; make sure you have one to hand!
Once you’ve applied for your tickets, you’ll be notified via email or letter if you’ve been successful by Friday 24 June 2011. If you’ve applied for an event where there aren’t enough tickets for everyone, London 2012 will choose applicants at random to make sure everyone gets a chance – and will allocate tickets on a session-by-session basis.
Each ticket you buy for a Games event in London or at outside London venues will also come with a one-day ‘Games travelcard’ for the day of that event. The Games travelcard lets you travel within zones 1–9 in London on the day, so you can fit in a spot of sightseeing as well.
How to pay for tickets
If you’re buying online with Visa, you need to make sure you have sufficient funds available on your card between Tuesday 10 May 2011 and Friday 10 June 2011 to pay for your tickets – and you need to make sure your Visa card won’t expire before the end of that period. If your Visa card is declined or rejected, your application may be withdrawn. You will only be charged for your tickets once your application is complete and tickets have been allocated to you.
Visa has been a Worldwide Olympics Games Sponsor since 1986 and is the official payment services provider at the Olympic and Paralympic Games. This means that to buy tickets in advance and to spend at the Games in 2012, Visa is the only card you can use. This also includes withdrawing cash from ATMs, buying merchandise and even buying refreshments at the events.
You can either use a Visa credit, debit or pre-paid card, which can be purchased in advance or in kiosks on Olympic sites, using other cards such as Mastercard and Amex. You’ll of course be able to use cash and there will be ATMs that accept other cards at access points to the Olympic sites.
Visa were also the official card and payment system at the Beijing Games in 2008 and the Vancouver Winter Olympics in 2010.
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