More than 300,000 Olympic tickets failed to sell

09:33 14 November 2012

The Olympic Park. Picture: Dominic Lipinski/PA

The Olympic Park. Picture: Dominic Lipinski/PA

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A total of 319,000 London 2012 tickets made available to the public went unsold, it has emerged.

The majority of the unwanted seats were for early stages of Olympic football.

But the 10.99 million tickets that did sell raised a total of £659million, which was subsequently diverted into Locog’s operating budget to stage the Games.

The figures were made public in a letter from games organisers Locog to the chairman of the London Assembly..

Locog chairman Lord Coe and chief executive Paul Deighton are to appear at City Hall today to be quizzed on whether the organisation met its affordable ticket guarantees and to answer questions on the legacy of the Games.

In the letter, Mr Deighton disclosed: “We committed to make £20 tickets avaiable for every sport, which we did with 2.5million Olympic tickets at £20 or less and 2.1million Paralympic tickets at £20 or less.

“We committed and delivered two thirds of the tickets at £50 or less, and in the case of the Paralympics 97 per cent of the tickets available were priced at £50 or less.”

Nine in ten of the Olympic Games tickets were available for £100 or less, Mr Deighton added.

The figures also revealed that 33 consecutive morning and evening athletic sessions sold out - the first time this has happened at an Olympics.

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