People who were unsuccessful in the Olympic ticket ballot have been able to buy remaining tickets for London 2012 on a first-come, first-served basis since 6am this morning.
Website users reported that the website had crashed. But organisers say the website is working and that some people are just being stopped from entering the site because of the high demand.
Many visitors to the site have been greeted by a message reading: “We are experiencing high demand.
“You will be automatically directed to the page requested as soon as it becomes available. Thank you for your patience.”
But organisers said this was not a technical problem and compared the situation to a tube station holding trains back before the station because it is experiencing a high level of traffic.
A London 2012 spokeswoman said: “The system is working, it has not crashed. Due to high demand some people are being held outside the system.
“For those in the system it is working and transactions are going through, but we are having to hold some people back from going through the site due to high demand.”
The 2.3 million tickets are on sale for 10 days. They include tickets for 310 sessions, 44 of which are medal events including archery, basketball, fencing, judo, synchronised swimming and table tennis.
Triple Olympic cycling gold medallist Bradley Wiggins has described the ticketing process for London 2012 a “shambles”.
The 31-year-old has won medals at three consecutive Games and is bidding for a fourth next year. But he has criticised the system for deciding who will get tickets to the Olympics.
He told the BBC: “I think, as most of the public feels, it’s a bit of a shambles the ticket allocation.
“It’s a shame when you know what works so successfully in other Olympic Games, certainly Athens, that they couldn’t implement those ticket systems here.” read more »
Britons who missed out on tickets in the official London 2012 ticket draw have until 11pm tonight to register on a French website selling tickets on a first come, first served basis.
The French authorised re-seller Eventeam closes its ticket registration this evening. There is no geographical restrictions on who can buy the tickets, even though they have come from the French IOC allocation. read more »
Hotel company Holiday Inn has announced it will give away 10 pairs of Olympics and Paralympics tickets to randomly selected guests.
Taking its lead from Willy Wonka, the firm is offering guests checking into selected Holiday Inn or Holiday Inn Express hotels across the UK the chance to pocket tickets for top London 2012 events, including the 200 metre and 800 metre men’s finals.
Spokesman Chris Hale said: “As part of our partnership, we want to give our guests the chance to be part of this once in a lifetime opportunity.”
Perhaps since the official ticket sales have been done via a lottery competition, these sort of giveaways should be first come, first served for the London Games!