Million more Paralympic tickets released for sale


Most of the remaining tickets for next year’s Paralympics in London are to go on sale from 1pm tomorrow (Friday 2 December).

About one million tickets will be sold on a “first come, first served” basis, with thousands of tickets still available for wheelchair-users. Ticket prices start from £10, or £5 for older and young people.

A final – much smaller – batch of tickets may be placed on sale in the spring, once seating arrangements for the Paralympic venues have been completed.

Among tickets still available are those for athletics, swimming, wheelchair rugby, wheelchair tennis, equestrian events and wheelchair basketball, with the chance to watch some of Britain’s top medal hopes, including athlete David Weir, swimmer Ellie Simmonds, and multiple Paralympic equestrian gold medal-winner Lee Pearson.

More than 100,000 people in the UK were successful in applications for at least some of the 1.14 million tickets they applied for in September, when the first batch was placed on sale.

About 800,000 tickets have been sold so far in the UK, with another 200,000 sold internationally, and 126 of the 300 ticketed sessions are already sold-out in at least one of the price categories.

In 2008, the Beijing organising committee eventually sold 1.82 million tickets at full price, while the Chinese government bought another 1.64 million and distributed them to community groups, schools, and other organisations. Athens sold just 850,000 tickets for the 2004 Paralympics, while Sydney sold 1.2 million in 2000.

1 December 2011