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2012 London Olympic Games: Ticket Prices

19 October, 2010

Infographic demonstrating best value-for-money sports ticket prices of the 2012 London Olympic Games

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Last Friday (15 October 2010) London 2012 announced the ticket prices for the 2012 London Olympic Games.

Spectators will be able to watch for free parts of events like the Marathon race, Triathlon, Cycling Road race and perhaps the Walk race.

Prices for adults, start from £20 (for what you can view for £20 please see table below).

For 60+, prices start from £16 (preliminary sessions mostly) and ‘if you are lucky enough’ to be 16 or less the day the Games begin (27 July 2012) there are some sessions that you will be able to pay (for the cheapest tickets) your age in pounds; this is called ‘Pay Your Age’ scheme.

On the other end, the most expensive sport to view will be the 100 metres sprint (Athletics) final (men). Top-priced tickets cost £725! Attending the Opening Ceremony could cost you up to £2,012!

The infographic above demonstrates mainly three things:

a) A value-for-money comparison between different events: we compare Marathon race, Football final and 100 metres sprint (Men events). While parts of the marathon race will cost nothing to spectators (a marathon race lasts about 2.5 hours), the best-seat attendees of the 100m sprint race will pay £72.5 for every second (considering the race lasts about 10 seconds) they watch! In comparison the final football match will cost only 3.5 pence per second (assuming that a football match lasts at least 90 minutes or 5400 seconds).

b) How the 8.8 million tickets of the Games will be distributed

c) Various ticket prices for the events ranging from free to £2,012 and compared to the cheapest adult ticket price (£36) for the Premier League football match between West Ham and Newcastle this Saturday (23 October 2010).

If you are budget driven perhaps you will find the following table useful. It shows what you can attend for £30 or less.

Price
Sessions
£20 Cheapest tickets for Preliminary sessions:
Archery, Athletics, Badminton, Basketball (some matches), Beach Volleyball, Boxing, Canoe, Cycling (BMX & track), Diving (some sessions), Equestrian (Dressage, Eventing (dressage & jumping), Jumping), Fencing (Rhythmic), Football, Gymnastics (Artistic & Rhythmic), Handball, Hockey, Judo, Rowing, Sailing, Shooting, Swimming, Synchronised Swimming, Table Tennis, Taekwondo, Tennis (Wimbledon – outer courts), Volleyball, Water Polo, Weightlifting, Wrestling
Cheapest tickets for Classification sessions of:
Hockey & Water Polo
Cheapest tickets for Quarter-final sessions:
Basketball (Women), Football, Handball, Table Tennis, Taekwondo, Tennis (Wimbledon – outer courts), Water Polo
Cheapest tickets for Semi-final sessions:
Football (Women), Handball, Table Tennis, Taekwondo
Cheapest tickets for Final sessions:
Athletics (Marathon & Race Walk), Cycling (BMX, Mountain Bike, Road Race & Time Trial), Gymnastics (Trampoline), Modern Pentathlon (Greenwich Park), Swimming (Marathon), Triathlon, Wrestling
£20.12 Cheapest tickets for Opening & Closing Ceremonies
£30 Cheapest tickets for Preliminary sessions:
Basketball (some matches), Diving (some sessions), Tennis (Wimbledon – No1 & Centre courts)
Cheapest tickets for Round-of-16 sessions:
Beach Volleyball
Cheapest tickets for Quarter-final sessions:
Badminton, Boxing & Volleyball
Cheapest tickets for Semi-final sessions:
Badminton, Boxing, Diving, Football (Men), Hockey& Water Polo
Cheapest tickets for Bronze (3rd place) sessions:
Football & Table Tennis
Cheapest tickets for Final sessions:
Archery, Diving (some sessions), Fencing, Football (Women), Rowing, Shooting (some sessions), Synchronised Swimming & Taekwondo
———————-
Low-priced tickets for Preliminary sessions:
Archery, Boxing, Canoe (Slalom), Fencing, Football (Wembley), Handball, Synchronised Swimming, Taekwondo, Volleyball, Water Polo & Weightlifting
Low-priced tickets for Classification sessions:
Water Polo
Low-priced tickets for Quarter-final sessions:
Football (Wembley – Men) & Water Polo
Low-priced tickets for Semi-final sessions:
Football (Wembley – Women)
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Mid-priced tickets for Preliminary sessions:
Football (All stadiums except Wembley)
Mid-priced tickets for Final sessions:
Athletics (Marathon)
———————-
Top-priced tickets for Final sessions:
Athletics (Race Walk)

Sources:
London 2012 (2012 London Olympic Games) London 2012 announces Olympic Games ticket prices
BBC 2012 London Olympic Games ticket prices released
The Guardian 2012 Olympic ticket prices announced
London Evening Standard (printed version, 15 October 2010, pp.8-9)

Credits:
Many thanks to Adela Pickles and Tony Primentas for their valuable feedback and suggestions.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Tim permalink
    20 October, 2010 8:01 am

    As I understand it, when you buy tickets for the 100m final, you get tickets to that evening’s session. They’re not going to actually bring 80,000 people in for ten seconds and then ship them out again! Therefore the £725 top price for the 100m will also mean you see other events scheduled that night – 200m semis, hammer final, high jump etc so I don’t think you can credibly say it works out as £72.5 per second.

  2. case permalink
    16 November, 2010 11:16 am

    Fun chart – shows how stupid some people really are if they’ll pay that kind of money.

    What’s missing is a note about what a “session” is. If I buy a ticket for the 100m final (which is pretty unlikely on my pay!) do I stay for just that day, or just that event, or do I have access to all 100m heats?

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