London 2012 releases a further 45,000 Paralympic tickets
Friday, 17 August 2012
August 17 - London 2012 has released a further 45,000 Paralympic tickets which are available in addition to the 20,000 tickets currently on sale for the Paralympic Opening and Closing Ceremonies.
A record 2.2 million Paralympic tickets have been sold to date with 2.5 million expected to be made available in total.
The majority of new tickets put on sale are for athletics, with 25,000 available for the Olympic Stadium.
But the 45,000 figure also includes tickets for equestrian, rowing, track cycling and wheelchair basketball.
Remaining Paralympic tickets will become available over the coming days as the venue seating plans are finalised over the transition period but in some cases, seats can only be made available on a day by day and session by session basis meaning approximately 100,000 of these tickets will be released during the Games.
"After the nation took the Olympic Games and Team GB to their hearts in such a spectacular way, it is no surprise that they look set to do the same for ParalympicsGB and the Paralympic Games," said London 2012 chairman Sebastian Coe.
"We are working flat out to stage a memorable Paralympic Games and I'm delighted that the enthusiasm and support for our Games from the United Kingdom shows no sign of wavering."
There are four general types of tickets to the Paralympic Games.
Reserved seating means that each individual ticket is assigned a specific seat in the venue and only the ticket holder may occupy the seat.
General admission seating means that you can choose your seat on arrival at the venue on a first come, first served basis and an Olympic Park Day Pass gives access to all sports in the Park on a given day other than athletics, cycling, swimming and the finals of some other sports.
Finally an ExCeL Day Pass gives access to all ExCeL sports on a given day which includes table tennis, judo, sitting volleyball, wheelchair fencing, powerlifting and boccia.
The only event exempt from this is the sitting volleyball finals.
The Day Passes, for either in the Olympic Park or ExCeL, require seats to be available across the venues to enable people to move from sport to sport which means that seats may appear to be empty for periods of time during a session but will be used throughout the day.
"Many people visiting the Paralympic Games will be experiencing these sports for the first time so we wanted to provide a broad experience for spectators," said London 2012 commercial director Chris Townsend.
"The Day Passes will allow people to dip in and out of sports and experience a range of sports in one day.
"We expect that this will mean at various points throughout the day venues will appear to have empty seats, but this won't mean tickets haven't been sold or people haven't turned up – at some point during the day we anticipate all seats will be used."
Games Makers and signage within the Olympic Park and ExCeL will be able to direct spectators to the arenas where most seats are available as people move in and out of the venues.
Meanwhile, Olympic Park non-event tickets will also be made available in the near future on certain days during the Paralympic Games to allow thousands more people access to the Olympic Park and get closer to the Games.
Paralympic tickets are on sale here.
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