Half a million football tickets still for sale

Olympic organizers are reducing capacity at several stadiums

hosting football matches after failing to sell all the tickets.

London organizers said Tuesday that 250,000 football tickets are

currently still on sale, with 50,000 tickets left for other

sports.

An additional 200,000 football tickets and 200,000 for other

events will go on sale soon after being returned by national

Olympic committees. A further 150,000 free tickets could be

released for schoolchildren.

More than 1 million football tickets had been left unsold

recently, but organizers cut the number by reducing capacity by

500,000 at the venues.

”We’ve sold more football tickets than we’ve sold for anything

else,” London organizing head Sebastian Coe said. ”It was always

going to be that football tickets were the challenge but I think

we’ll do pretty well.”

Football matches will be played across the U.K. at six venues –

St. James’ Park in Newcastle, Old Trafford in Manchester, Hampden

Park in Glasgow, the City of Coventry Stadium in Coventry, the

Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, and Wembley Stadium in London.

The men’s and women’s finals will be played at Wembley.

The upper tier of seats at the Millennium Stadium will be closed

for all games, reducing the capacity from nearly 75,000 to

40,000.

Coe said between 37,000 and 38,000 tickets have been sold for

the Britain vs. New Zealand women’s game in Cardiff on July 25, two

days before the opening ceremony.