Anger at ticket prices for London 2012 Olympics as organisers accused of ignoring the East End

ORGANISERS of the London 2012 Olympics have revealed ticketing prices for the 26 sports of the Games.

ORGANISERS of the London 2012 Olympics have revealed ticketing prices for the 26 sports of the Games.

LOCOG today confirmed less than a third of tickets, roughly 2.5 million of the 8.8 million in total, will be priced at �20 or less.

Around two-thirds of tickets will be �50 or less and 90 per cent will be �100 or less.

The ticket prices are per session and will vary between sports.

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LOCOG Chair Seb Coe said: ‘We have three clear principles for our ticketing strategy – tickets need to be affordable and accessible to as many people as possible; tickets are an important revenue stream for us to fund the Games; and our ticketing plans have the clear aim of filling our venues to the rafters.

But Greenwich Council - one of the host boroughs - has accused LOCOG of making “secret deals” to price out thousands of youngsters from the host boroughs from watching the sports.

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Cllr Chris Roberts, Leader of Greenwich Council said: “Olympic organisers have had five years to plan a ticket allocation which would permit the children of the Host Boroughs to attend the Games taking place on their own doorsteps. Instead seven out of eight schoolchildren will be denied that chance.

“The children of the East End were used by the Olympic organisers to win the bid for the Games in Singapore, they have been called upon endlessly to take part in photo-opportunities to build support for the Games and are even used in consultation groups to advise on how to run the Games and build a legacy.”

“Repeatedly, the Olympic Host Boroughs have offered to buy tickets for their children but have been refused. LOCOG don’t want the authentic East End , they don’t want our money, they certainly don’t want our kids.”

Dee Doocey, the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Olympics Spokesperson, said: “We were promised ‘the most inclusive Games ever’; that the Games would be ‘highly affordable’ and “that half the tickets would cost �20 or less.

“But we now discover that of the 8.8 million tickets available, just 2.5 million (less than 30%) will cost �20 or less. Of these 1.3 million will be reserved for the excellent Pay Your Age and London 2012 Ticketshare schemes, leaving just 1.2 million �20 tickets available for sale to Londoners, the UK, Europe and the rest of the world.

“To add insult to injury it is totally deplorable that no concessions have been made for the communities immediately surrounding the park, who have had to live next to the largest construction site in Europe for the last five years. They at least should have access to discounted, if not free tickets.”

But London Mayor Boris Johnson said children will get the chance to see world class sporting action in the 2012 Olympics.

More than 120,000 free tickets will be distributed to school children aged between 10 and 18 through LOCOG’s Get Set programme.

“Having invested so much I want all Londoners to have a real sense that these are their Games too,” said the Mayor. “So it is right that, through this scheme, we can acknowledge their support by rewarding thousands of London kids with the unique opportunity to be part of this amazing sporting spectacle.”

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