London 2012 set for tickets scramble

LONDON 2012 organisers are set to provoke a late scramble for tickets by holding back more than a million extra seats until next year.

The first batch of tickets for next summer’s Olympic Games sold out in the summer – with the exception of the football competition.

But thousands more spaces are expected to be freed up in even the most popular events, including the opening ceremonies, when the final seating plans are completed.

It had been hoped the sale would take place in December, but April is now thought to be the earliest possible date.

Football tickets will go back on sale in time for Christmas, with plans in place for an early-December release.

A London 2012 spokesperson said: “The remaining one million Olympic tickets, to all sports, will go on sale to the British public next year from the contingency seats, once venues are tested and licensed, and operational plans are completed.”

The original ticketing process attracted a huge response, with around two in three applications failing due to oversubscription.

Paralympics tickets went on sale earlier this month, with organisers reporting high demand ahead of the deadline for applications on Monday 26 September.