Created: 24 November 2010
Bob Blackman calls on constituents to 'Sign Up' for ticket information for London 2012 and for schools to register with the Get Set education network.
Bob Blackman attended an event hosted in Parliament by London 2012 which provided members with information on the ticketing process, as well as promoting London 2012's 'Sign Up' ticketing campaign and the schools Get Set education network.
Constituents should 'Sign Up' to ensure they are the first to hear news about London 2012 tickets and other exciting events. Tickets go on sale in March 2011 and there will be a range of prices and initiatives to make tickets as accessible as possible. There will be:
• 8.8 million tickets available for the Olympic Games
• 75% of tickets on sale to the public from March 2011
• 90% of tickets £100 or under
• Two-thirds of tickets £50 or under
• 2.5 million tickets £20 or under
• A 'Pay Your Age' scheme from which 1.3 million Young people aged 16 and under will benefit, as well as people aged 60+, who will pay £16
Schools can register for free to become part of the Get Set education network, and will then become eligible for the London 2012 Ticketshare scheme which will see 100,000 tickets donated to member schools.
• LOCOG will place a levy on the price of prestige hospitality packages which will allow 100,000 tickets to be donated to pupils in schools across London and the UK via the London 2012 Get Set education network.
Bob Blackman said: "It was extremely useful to hear the information about the London 2012 ticketing process from LOCOG's Head of Ticketing Paul Williamson. It's important that constituents appreciate the need to 'Sign Up' in order to get the fast track on tickets and begin the process of becoming involved with the Games. I also urge local schools to register with the Get Set education network which will ensure that not only will they become eligible for tickets as part of the London 2012 Ticketshare scheme, but they will also benefit from resources inspired by London 2012 and Olympic and Paralympic values."
Seb Coe, Chair of the London 2012 Organising Committee said: "I was delighted Bob Blackman could attend our event. 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.
'When we won the right to stage the Games, we made a promise to inspire young people to choose sport and our ticket prices will get as many young people as possible to the Games. The 1.3 million tickets in the Pay Your Age scheme and the London 2012 Ticketshare scheme reflect this ambition, and the fact that we will offer 2.5 million tickets at £20 or under will also deliver this aim.
'We have one very clear message to the public. Sign up to our ticketing website to get all the information you will need over the next five months as we build up to the start of ticket sales in March next year.'