London 2012 organisers unveil plans for ticket resale website
Those with unwanted Olympic tickets can sell them at face value when an official London 2012 ticket exchange opens next month
London 2012 will open its ticket resale window for just under one month early next year.
Those successful in the early rounds of ticketing will be able to sell unwanted seats at face value between 6 January and 3 February by listing them on the official Games ticket website.
Unsold seats will be returned to the ticket holder’s account, although further resale windows will open in the Spring.
“We asked people to buy tickets more than a year out from the Games and mindful of that, we promised that we would create this system for people whose circumstances may have changed to enable them to resale their tickets legally and safely,” said London 2012 chief executive Paul Deighton.
“I’m convinced that most people will want to hold on to their tickets, but we are pleased to offer this resale programme which will give those who wish to use it, an opportunity to securely sell their tickets to others who wish to go to the Games or purchase more tickets and help us to achieve our aim of having full venues.”
Organisers of the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics were the first to introduce a resale portal for ticket holders but they allowed those with unwanted seats to set their own sale price, something which UK legislation makes illegal.
“Locog resale platform is an ideal system that enables those who can no longer use their purchased tickets to sell them on to Games fans, while giving those fans the peace of mind in knowing that they are buying from genuine and authorised sellers,” said Detective Superintendent Nick Downing, head of the Metropolitan Police’s London 2012 Operation Podium team.
“I would urge all of those ticket holders who want to sell their tickets to do so through LOCOG’s ticket resale platform. I would also like to remind anyone looking to buy Olympic or Paralympic tickets that they should only use the tickets.london2012.com website.
“This is secure and has all the information that you need. Do not be tempted to go elsewhere.”