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
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
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.