Prices announced for London 2012 Olympics... just make sure you have a Visa
Today, the organisers of the London 2012 Olympics have told us just how much it will cost us to watch the events of the games.
The most expensive ticket is a wallet watering £2,012 (for the opening ceremony) and the cheapest for the same show will be £20.12 (you may as well watch it on television).
The London 2012 chairman, Lord Coe, has chirruped that the committee have made an effort to make the tickets "affordable and accessible to as many people as possible".
The number of tickets for the 26 Olympic sports has increased from 8m to 8.8m, London 2012 also confirmed. Of that number, around 75% will be available to the public, which you can snap up in March. Presumably, the remaining quarter is to be fought between the prawn sandwich brigade.
Not everyone is best pleased with the news.
Chris Roberts, the leader of Greenwich council, told The Guardian: "Olympic organisers have had five years to plan a ticket allocation which would permit the children of the host boroughs to attend the Games taking place on their own doorsteps.
"Instead, seven out of eight schoolchildren will be denied that chance. It's like someone pitching up to have a party in your backyard and being told our kids can't go."
That said, around 1.3m tickets will be provided under a promotion for young and old spectators. Anyone 16 or under at the start of the Games (27th July 2012) will pay their age in pounds. If they are 60 or older by the same date, they pay a flat £16. It would have been funnier if they applied the age = pounds rule to pensioners though.
Organisers want full stadiums for the Olympics, which means that tickets for sports that no-one watches will be cheap. On the flip side of that, popular sports will be more expensive. Tickets for the 100m final will range from £50 up to £725.
Tickets for football games (taking place at the City of Coventry Stadium, Hampden Park, the Millennium Stadium, Old Trafford, St James' Park and Wembley) will start at £20, with the price increasing as the games commence, with prices for the semi finals between £39 and £125 for the semi-finals, rising to £40 to £185 for the men's final and £30-£125 for the women's final.
1.7m people have thus far signed up to London 2012's ticket information site. You need to submit an application for tickets when sales are launched, even if they have registered their details with London 2012 and have a ticketing account. The prices of 2 million tickets for the Paralympics will be announced at a later date.
It is worth remembering that you'll need a Visa card for all this. Why? Well, read our report on the Olympics slightly dodgy look on payment.
It's probably going to be a disaster anyway.