I’d previously blogged about my London 2012 ticket application. In brief, I applied for a fairly large number of sessions, focussed around track cycling as well as some swimming, one athletics session, a few other assorted choices and the opening ceremony. In total the application came to between £2,300 to just under £3k as I applied for a range of session prices (and in most cases did not go for the cheapest tickets)
Well, I now know the result. I’ve got tickets.
Taking away the £6 admin fee, I’ve received £140 worth of tickets. it is clear that the only thing or combination of sessions I applied for that comes to that amount is four tickets to the Women’s Basketball on Saturday 28th July at £35 each.
Now, I am fully aware that lots and lots of people (including lots of friends) got nothing. It’s going to be amazing to be on the olympic site on the first day of full competition.
However, I also know I am not alone in being very disappointed that of the outlay I was willing to spend I’ve ended up with less than 6% of it, and only then because it is an early session in a very low demand sport that will certainly have plenty of tickets available in the second chance phase later this month.
I certainly did not hope for everything, but I longed for one of the track cycling sessions. I deliberately made applications for single tickets at the second highest price bracket for the midweek evening sessions as well as applications for nearly every other track session. I know the venue only seats 6000 people, but to get nothing is disappointing.
I do know, and understand, why the process worked like it did. On the flip-side I agree with a number of people I’ve seen argue about the imperfect information provided about the number of tickets at various price categories etc. Having moved back to the UK from Ireland recently, and started a new job, there has been some stress involved in making sure I had the funds available to cover my potential outlay for these tickets whilst juggling moving costs, rent deposits and other large outgoings before I’d even picked up my first pay packet. I would have been delighted to get everything I asked for – everything was there for a reason as the original blog post makes clear. However part of me wonders how many people played the game of making outrageous applications on the bet that their actual allocation would be of a reasonable value and worst-case if they “got” everything then their payment would be declined. In hindsight it seems that this type of gaming was the only way to improve your odds of succeeding from the system.
I’ll be applying for the track cycling preparation event which happens in February 2012 as well as taking a look at the Paralympic events. It must not be forgotten that there are truly awesome athletes that take part in the Paralympic Games. Track cycling itself can point to Sarah Storey who afterall is good enough to force her way into the able-bodied GB track team.