Ticketing procedures for major events are often opaque and confusing. Demand for trackside seats in London is likely to be high. Getting tickets is no simple procedure, so read our quick guide to help you secure them.

Do I have to register before tickets go on sale?
No. Ticket registration only puts you on a London 2012 mailing list. It is not required for purchasing tickets and you will not gain any advantage in the ticketing process.

So, how do I get tickets?
Log on to the official website from March 15 to April 26 (www.london2012.com) Tickets for oversubscribed events will be allocated by a ballot.

How will the ballot work?
We’ve been assured that the ballot is completely random. The more events you apply for, the more chance you have of attending an event. You will be notified of the outcome in June.

What will I be buying?
Tickets are being sold for each session at either the velodrome, BMX track, mountain bike course or for grandstand seats for the road race. Track sessions are split between morning sessions – about an hour and a half long – and afternoon sessions that last between two and a half and three hours. The morning sessions will feature an omnium and qualifying event; the finals and pursuit events will be held in the afternoons.

Is the ballot the only way to get tickets?
No. Seventy-five per cent of tickets will be through the official application process. Some of the remaining tickets will be sold as part of travel packages through Thomas Cook. These tickets will be sold on a first come, first served basis and will also be released on March 15. There will also be a re-sale system for those who get tickets but can’t attend.  

How much will tickets for the track racing cost?
Track tickets cost between £20 and £325. The minimum prices apply for the morning sessions only Afternoon sessions range from £50 to the maximum price.

How do I make sure I get a ticket I can afford?
You apply for a ticket at a set price but can also indicate whether you are willing to pay more (or less, if applicable) for tickets. This way, if you miss out on a ticket at one price, you may be allocated one at another. The broader your price range the better chance you’ll have.

How do I arrange to go with a group?
One person should purchase tickets on everyone’s behalf. There are limits to the number of tickets each person can apply for. For track events the limits are six for the morning sessions and four for the evenings.

Is the road race free?
Only the finishing area of the road race will be ticketed and spectators will be able to line the barriers elsewhere for free, including at Box Hill. The time trial is a completely free, un-ticketed event.

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