Visitors staying in central London hotels who did not pick up tickets in the previous ballots still have the chance to see some of the sporting action.
Director of communications for the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) Jackie Brock-Doyle explained that it was attempting to ensure that all the seats are filled for all of the events and therefore some tickets could be put back on sale.
Many of the tickets that are being returned for sale were originally reserved for members of the “Olympic Games” which includes International Olympic Committee (IOC) officials and sponsors.
Culture secretary Jeremy Hunt said: “Often these are very nice seats in very high-profile positions – and so what we’re saying to the IOC and the International Sports Federations is if you’re not going to use them, could we have as many as possible back, because, of course, we’ve got lots of members of the public who would dearly love to go.”
Visitors staying in central London hotels are being advised that it is only possible to purchase the tickets online and pick them up from set collection points at the venues. There are no tickets for sale on the door to events so they must be pre-purchased before heading to the Games.
It does mean that people should get a chance to see a number of sports ranging from football, gymnastics, shooting and table tennis and organisers estimate that 3,000 tickets have already been resold under the new initiative.
LOCOG also confirmed that it is looking at the option that it may be possible to re-allocate seats if ticket holders fail to turn up in an allotted time so that seats are not left empty during events.