So the full schedule of events for the London 2012 Olympic Games was released last night at 00:01. I’ve had time to mull it over and view the feedback online since the release.
When the prices were originally announced back in October, I thought £150 for the preliminaries isn’t too bad. It’s a possible once in a lifetime experience and with the Games being so close to home, I would gladly pay it. Although I didn’t realise that the £150 is just for a 2 hour session, not even the whole day of qualifying. It seems other gymnastics fans were surprised too. Yes, there are tickets for £20 and £40 for the qualification rounds but the problem is we don’t know which gymnasts we’ll see, it’s complete pot luck and the seats aren’t likely to be the best. I previously said that I’d be happy to see any gymnasts from any country competing but £150 for 2 hours seems steep. The price ups to £50 for a basic ticket for the team finals with the best seats at £450. I don’t know about you but I have terrible eyesight so I might just be better off at home watching it on the television and seeing it properly rather than forking out over €500 for just one ticket and squinting to try to see the gymnasts. Ollie Williams retweeted a picture taken from the back row of the London 2012 stadium, not too bad for £20.
Like most fans, I’d love to attend the final days event on August 7th, the Women’s Floor & Beam final (that Men’s High Bar is in there too – excellent!) so I’ll probably opt for the £185 tickets. Without accommodation, flights and general spending money I’m already at €438 (with the current conversion rate), I’m presuming there might also be booking fees? I know in the back of my mind that it’ll be worth it and it’s a day or days I would never forget but the prices seem so dear.
I thought that one of the aims was to make tickets affordable, yes for families tickets are more affordable with children under 16 only paying their age for a ticket but as Little Miss Gymnast points out the idea to make tickets more affordable has been scrapped. It also will still cost Sarah and her family of 3 a lot for a short qualifying session buying tickets at the mid priced range. As she says I think the pricing and scheduling might prevent a lot of genuine gymnastics fans from attending the best sporting event in the World being held on their doorstep, not to mention those close by too from Ireland and other parts of Europe.
So, I put the question to you.. how do you feel about the prices?
Did you expect them to be more reasonable? Do you think the prices are normal?
Are these on par with other Olympic Games prices?
Presuming you had planned on travelling to London, do these prices deter you from travelling?
Leave a comment below with your views and lets have a great discussion.