Olympics 2012 - have you registered for tickets?

floydandharvey Butters
edited March 2010 in Other Football and Sports
Dunno if this has been mentioned (a search didn't bring anything up) but they have started taking registrations for the chance to buy tickets for the 2012 Olympics:

https://www.tickets.london2012.com/member/registration

Have you registered, and if so, what sports did you choose?

I was going to do football, hockey, tennis, swimming and beach volleyball, but I object to the fact that they make you say which team you support. I consider myself a neutral, yet there is no option for that, so people like me are effectively banned from buying tickets. Which hardly seems fair. Grrr.
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  • I too am a neutral where hockey, tennis, swimming and beach volleyball is concerned.

    I want to see the cycling.
  • Cycling for me

    Is there beach volleyball?
  • yes registered and got two of my four picks.
  • Posted By: falconwood_1
    Cycling for me

    Is there beach volleyball?
    I think it's on horse guards parade.
  • floydandharvey Butters
    edited March 2010
    Posted By: falconwood_1
    Cycling for me

    Is there beach volleyball?
    Yep, although I expect the beach volleyball will be heavily oversubscribed, not just because of blokes wanting to ogle the women's version, but because it's taking place on Horse Guard's Parade. Cue thousands of Americans turning up expecting to catch a glimpse of Her Majesty the Queen.

    Was vaguely interested in the mountain biking, but it's taking place somewhere in darkest Essex, so balls to that.

    What I *really* wanted to see most of all was the baseball, but that's now been dropped as an Olympic sport. Real shame as there were plans in place to build a 10,000 seater baseball stadium in Regent's Park for it.

    PS I have formally complained to them about the lack of a None/Neutral option, so let's see if anything happens.
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  • would like cycling and basketball tix but the boxing will be the big one for me , hope to get a weeks pass
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    yeah i registered yesterday. there is a tour of the olympic site now that if you are as boring as me, you might like

    Olympic Park Tour
  • I see what you mean about that F&H. (I just registered). Do you think they will only give you tickets for events where the nation you enter have an interest? If so, you could miss out just because you commit to being a supporter of that country. I opted to put a smaller nation down who won't have a presence in anything (Cambodia), just in case.
  • How comes people are neutral? Were you born in neutral areas or something?
  • Is the Athletics on offer?
  • Posted By: Sparrows Lane Lion
    How comes people are neutral? Were you born in neutral areas or something?
    No, I just don't support a national team in any particular sport. I like watching sport though, and think it's a bit out of order that I'm not allowed to (effectively) attend any Olympics events as a neutral :(

    Sexist mates have suggested I should put down Brazil in case they seat you with other fans of the same country (apparently Brazilian female fans samba dance in bikinis at Olympic events), but it's the principle of the matter.

    I support Charlton Athletic and the Boston Red Sox and would happily put either of them as who I support, but there isn't those options. Not only does it discrimate against neutrals, but what about people who support multiple countries (because their parents are from different countries, or their husband/wife is, or whatever)? Forcing them to just pick just ONE country otherwise they aren't allowed to buy tickets strikes me as really discriminatory. Even, it could be argued, racialist.
  • Posted By: floydandharvey
    No, I just don't support a national team in any particular sport. I like watching sport though, and think it's a bit out of order that I'm not allowed to (effectively) attend any Olympics events as a neutral :(
    People should don't support their country should be banned from attending the Olypics.

    Sod wasting tickets on neutrals, give them to those who wish to follow their team!
  • Posted By: LenGlover
    Is the Athletics on offer?
    Yeah. There's a list of all different sports - 34 for olympics, 20 for paralympics, plus the Opening & Closing ceremonies and you pick which ones you're interested in, and then they contact you when tickets are going to go on sale (which won't be til 2011 though). People are registering early in case it's first come first served, ie the earlier you register the more chance you have of getting a ticket when they go on sale.

    I know a lot of people who live in London are registering for everything as they want to rent out their homes (complete with tickets) to visitors during Olympics month. Potentially a big earner, apaparently.
  • I think you're taking it a little bit too far.

    That website is simply to register to receive ticketing news directly into your inbox, rather than checking back weekly to see when tickets are going to go on how sell, how, where etc.

    The choice of sports & country I'd assume is more to do with gauging interest that's all.

    You have not signed up to buy tickets, simply a news service. When tickets go on sale in 2011 you may not have to declare what country you support at all.

    Still a bit puzzled that if you're watching a sport in the Olympics you wouldn't be cheering on the Brit (or whatever country you may hail from)
  • edited March 2010
    & all because you have to stick down a country you "support", it doesn't mean you have to turn up dressed head to toe in that country's colours and cheer does it! Just sit there and be neutral! I don't think you'll be ejected for not supporting the Democratic Republic of Congo's drowning swimmer at the aquatic centre.
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  • Registered, hopefully my work on the velodrome will help me out!
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    Dont really wanna go watch a sport that i care little about. I would like to go to some of the Footy games but my uncles company have the contract for the doing the lights in some of the stadiums so i might be able to get some freebies who knows.
  • Posted By: Sparrows Lane Lion
    & all because you have to stick down a country you "support", it doesn't mean you have to turn up dressed head to toe in that country's colours and cheer does it! Just sit there and be neutral! I don't think you'll be ejected for not supporting the Democratic Republic of Congo's drowning swimmer at the aquatic centre.
    My only concern was that if you put down British, you'd have less chance of getting to things as there would be more demand from Brits.
  • Posted By: Stu of HU5
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    Posted By: floydandharvey
    No, I just don't support a national team in any particular sport. I like watching sport though, and think it's a bit out of order that I'm not allowed to (effectively) attend any Olympics events as a neutral :(
    People should don't support their country should be banned from attending the Olypics.[/quote]


    Do what?
  • Wont be able to boo hard, I expect!
  • Posted By: AshTray
    [quote]
    Posted By: Stu of HU5
    [quote]
    Posted By: floydandharvey
    No, I just don't support a national team in any particular sport. I like watching sport though, and think it's a bit out of order that I'm not allowed to (effectively) attend any Olympics events as a neutral :(
    People who should don't support their country should be banned from attending the Olypics.[/quote]


    Do what?[/quote]

    Swap the word should, for who.

    I changed my mind about how I was going to word my post, clearly didn't delete back very well :(
  • Oh right. I thought you were pissed, or thick.
  • I'd go with thick :-(
  • Ashtray - being born & bred in Greenwich you'd think I'll have a decent chance of getting tickets. But I'm pretty sure that a lot of tickets will go to Newham residents, who will no doubt be supporting Bangladesh, Somalia, Nigeria, Jamaica, Bahamas, etc.

    & the rest will predominantly go to those who mark themselves down as an ethnic minority so that the whole world can see what a happy multi-cultural family we all are cheering on all countries from the stands with an array of international flags on display.

    I plan on hitting the sunbeds quite heavily at the start of 2011 so I can tick the box British Indian or something and guarantee myself a ticket.
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    Posted By: floydandharvey
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    Posted By: falconwood_1
    Cycling for me

    Was vaguely interested in the mountain biking, but it's taking place somewhere in darkest Essex, so balls to that.

    Hey F & H, we've got the mountain biking here in Castle Point set against the beautiful backdrop of Hadleigh Castle (ruins on Salvation Army land) overlooking the estuary. Docklands railway to West Ham then 30 minutes to Benfleet or Leigh stations. We're really quite civilised out here you know!
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  • I'm mainly interested in the athletics events although I'm sure the prices are going to be steep. As a family we went to LA in '84 via a package/ticket deal for which we registered our interest around 3 years earlier and paid a fairly large deposit. At least we knew then approx how much we needed to save in the interim altho' ticket prices were not published until around '83.

    We requested tickets for ALL athletic ( or Track & Field as the Americans call it) events ie both morning & afternoon/evening schedules and obtained all we asked for. I think we only missed a couple of morning sessions ( starting around 8.30am) when heats took place, due to sheer exhaustion on the kids' part from not getting back until midnight to the college in Long Beach where we stayed . We were bussed in to the Coliseum at first but then met up with a young couple who had hired a Rent a Wreck against advice from the BOA reps we met on site , who we car shared with for the remainder of the time. It was felt that traffic would be horrendous between Long Beach and the stadium and parking, a nightmare . However, loads of people had taken their holidays for the duration of the Games and hence left the city making travel less of a chore and we used to park in the very dodgy area around the Coliseum in the front yards of locals who touted daily for our business. No probs whatsoever were encountered.

    We obviously met lots of sports fans of differing nationalities whilst there but the majority of Americans weren't interested at all in T & F....luckily for us. However, the " Mary Decker" evening , as they called it, attracted many , purely to see their heroine defeat the upstart, Zola Budd.....And we all know how that turned out !

    What I'd say is that coming from "abroad", we appeared to have little trouble in purchasing our tickets compared to those who lived in the US. There were tales of people queuing for days for certain events and still coming away empty handed. And I have a feeling that this might be the case for us in 2012......

    Another thought...We also travelled to Stuttgart in '86 for the European Athletic Champs and to Rome in '87 for the World Champs - both with a company called Centresport. We did keep in touch with the guys there for a few further years & met up with some fellow Olympians at Crystal Palace & Birmingham based events . However, we then resumed our love affair with football & started spending our hard earned in SE7 once more and the rest is history. I'll see whether Centresport is still in business and whether they will be involved in ticketing for 2012 , then post on here if there's any news .
  • I've registered for tickets. Taking a month off to go touring thorugh Northern India, Nepal and Tibet - it'll be awesome.
  • PL54PL54 Member
    For starters it's the London Olympics, not the Kent Olympics, so that should rule a lot of you out.
  • Football, Hockey, Boxing, Tennis, Athletics, Opening Ceremony, Closing Ceremony..do you think cameras will be allowed in lol? ;-)
  • razilrazil Member
    not in the slightest bit interested in watching it in the flesh - but am very positive about us having the whole thing tho, and might watch some on telly
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