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Extra tickets for the Olympics go on sale
7:52pm Tuesday 31st July 2012 in Sport
MORE tickets for the Olympic Games are to go back on sale as the row over empty seats continues.
LOCOG director of communications Jackie Brock-Doyle revealed an additional 3,000 were released for yesterday’s sessions.
And she stressed everything was being done to ensure more tickets would be made available to fans frustrated by not being able to attend.
“We are continually talking to the federations of every sport to try and get more seats back in the accredited areas and that’s something we will continue to do,” said Brock-Doyle.
“We managed to get seats back for beach volleyball, water polo, swimming, handball and equestrian yesterday which gave us an extra 3,000 and they were immediately sold out.
“We have a 15 per cent reduction on the previous Games for accredited seats and we will continue to have conversations.
“Where we have been able to reduce these seats we have, but there are some anomalies like basketball where out of two sessions, one session might be full and the other isn’t as full, so this isn’t an exact science but it’s certainly something we’re working on.”
But Brock-Doyle also revealed that the problem of empty seats in the reserved sections of the stadium had not come as a surprise to the Games organisers. “We had a programme in place where we could flexibly get kids, students and teachers accredited and put them in these areas,” said Brock-Doyle.
“We anticipated that we may have needed to sort this problem out in the preliminary rounds, so we really are putting our efforts into those areas and it’s being done session by session.”
Tickets released back to the public will be sold on the Ticketmaster website at www.ticketmaster.co.uk and not at box offices at the Olympic Park.
However, resale tickets, which are handed back in by fans leaving early, are being made available, with 300 being sold on Saturday and 1,000 on Sunday.
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