Does anyone know if there are tickets available to purchase in London on a walk up basis (any event)? London 2012 website still says only EU/UK residents can buy tickets so I'm wondering if they are available for anyone else now that the games have started. Is there any sort of list online with what's available?
I googled this extensively today and can't find that there is anyway to get tickets on the ground. My husband assumed we could because he could when he went to Syndey, but as far as I can see, you can only get tickets through the UK ticketing site... Which of course doesn't help us Americans. I am guessing we will have to be satisfied with the three events we got. If anyone in the UK knows something different, let us know, please!
It sure did, Ralph! Those empty seats are making mad, too. I agree that scampers should be avoided - - people who bought tickets were supposed to resell unwanted ones through official channels.
According to the papers they're cracking down on unused athlete/official and "Olympic family" tickets and trying to get them to say if they'll use them the previous day. And then putting the seats on sale online at midnight British Summer Time for the following day, which of course means you have to log on at midnight and hope your attempt to make a purchase goes through before the tickets sell out in thirty seconds.
Philip, do you know if the method you describe would be available to "outsiders" or just to UK/EU residents?
I haven't done it myself. I don't know if it's UK residents only - I suspect you may have to at least be in the UK.
I'm looking into doing this myself. The information I have seen says the following: "On the official Games website, it states that more tickets will be released on 'an almost daily basis' from now on. After you have created an account, you must then search for what sport, event or venue you would like to attend. Once you have ed the tickets you would like - starting price at £20 - you can then purchase them. You must pay using a Visa card, as Locog have a commercial commitment to the company as they are the Games' official sponsor. Tickets can then be collected from the box office at the various arenas or stadia, or - if the event is later in the Games - you can have them delivered to your home. The box office at the Olympic Park is only for collection of already purchased tickets. People can not turn up on the day and pay for tickets on the spot - unlike at the Wimbledon Championships earlier this summer, when you can pay for a day pass on the grounds.
As a result, the tickets are only available online or over the phone as and when they are released over the coming days."
Update: I understand that when you buy tickets online they are now letting you print out the tickets yourself instead of making you queue at the various venues to collect your tickets. (They changed this as of yesterday due to the large queues at ticket booths.)
A friend who is working there in ticketing said that tickets are only available online. For a short time, they were "recycling" tickets for walk-ups but that has ended.