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Website Issues Hamper Olympic Ticket Sales

June 24, 2011


Perhaps the early bird really doesn’t catch the worm…

While thousands of eager Olympic fans fired up their computers early Friday to purchase tickets in the second round of bidding for the 2012 London games, others were left scratching their heads as the site became slow – bogged down from the increased traffic.

Olympic organizers are hopeful that people will be patient.

Following the wild success of the first round of sales, in which about two thirds of those seeking to purchase were unable to secure tickets, an additional 2.3 million tickets were made available in the second round. The more than a million ticket seekers from the first round were given priority in this round.

Interestingly, according to a London Daily Telegraph article, while soccer and volleyball make up the majority of remaining tickets as they have the most sessions at the largest venues, they are yet to sell out. Conversely, tickets for more popular events such as athletics, beach volleyball and basketball were gobbled up almost immediately.

Officials have said that tickets will also be sold in stages next year.

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John Lahtinen is Community Development Editor for TMCnet. He has more than 15 years of combined professional and educational experience involving news, education, and marketing. John holds a master's degree in journalism from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University and a bachelor's degree in English from the State University of New York at Plattsburgh. To read more of his articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Jennifer Russell