‘First come, first served’ 2012 ticket sales tell Assembly’s John Biggs

Lord Coe’s Olympics organising committee has said sorry to London Assembly member John Biggs who failed to get his Beach Volleyball ticket from the official website which he claimed wasn’t working.

Organisers sympathise with him—but insist it’s ‘first come, first served’.

Biggs, whose east London constituency includes the Olympics Park, slammed the website yesterday which he said was advertising tickets that were already sold.

A message kept popping up on screen, whenever he tried placing ticket icons in the website basket to reserve them, that said ‘No tickets found’.

Yet those same tickets he insists were still being offered 24 hours later.


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“It’s reprehensible that the organising committee have been unable to design a system offering tickets that actually exist, rather than tickets that have long since sold out,” Mr Biggs said.

“It appears they’ve tried to win the gold medal for the worst ticket selling operation in the whole of human history.”

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He is writing to Lord Coe and demanding a public apology to everyone paying for the Olympics through their council tax who can’t buy online.

A London 2012 spokesman told the Advertiser: “We’re sorry he missed out on Beach Volleyball tickets.

“The nature of a ‘first come, first served’ system is people queuing for a diminishing number of tickets—unfortunately this did mean some got to the front of the queue and the tickets they were after were no longer available.”

He added: “But we’re delighted that tens-of-thousands of Londoners were able to purchase and will be coming to the Games.”

All remaining tickets, say organisers, are available right up until the Games open on July 27.

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