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I’ve been stewing over this for a week and thought I’d finally put down in a post my massive disappointment of being one of the 1,000,000 applicants who didn’t get any Olympics tickets.

We will have to re-think our summer plans for next year after applying for £2,500 of tickets and getting zip. It was particularly frustrating as we purposely stayed away from the marquee events and finals in order to get a small mix of tickets. Hell, my in-step other half even convinced me to apply for the synchronized swimming!

I, like many millions of others pored over that befuddling Olympic application for hours and settled on a range of events which included cycling, the early heats of track and field, early rounds of football, diving, tennis, swimming and gymnastics.

The last couple of days more has come out about the farcical lottery process including 13,000 seats being held back for MP’s and council leaders and a million tickets going to “overseas federations.” The people’s Olympics indeed.

We were one of 55% of applicants that didn’t get anything. The lucky ones have had their money taken but have no idea yet what for.

There is a second phase ticket ballot though, but unsurprisingly details are just as vague as the first time around although LOCOG said that “hundreds of thousands of tickets at different price points will be sold on a first come basis.” Excuse me for being sceptical.

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  1. BDL #

    Applied for tons, got Beach Volleyball on horseguards. The Female variety, so I seem to be very popular amongst my male friends.

    Will try and get tickets to get into the Olympic park as I doubt I will get anything else!

    What annoys me is that corporate types already know they have tickets.

    June 10, 2011
  2. Me too CA; apparently the 2nd ballot is first come first served, but that is bound to bring on server failure as everybody (including touts) log on at the same appointed time to buy tickets for them and all their mates. Very disappointing…

    June 10, 2011
  3. Hungry Ted #

    I do not wish to rub salt in your wounds, CA, but my wife has been successful in getting tickets, although as yet, I’ve no idea what for. It would appear that we’re well and truely in the minority as nobody within our closer circle of friends got tickets.

    It all seems awfully messy really.

    June 10, 2011
  4. Dave #

    It’s a scandal in the making. Tickets being sold officially in Germany at face value for events not open yet to the UK public. As a local resident we were promised access and priority and there has been none. Even the promise of a ticket per child in Olympic Boroughs has been swept under the carpet. I suspect we will find it will be a spectacle akin to the F A Cup final where the ponces get the best half of the tickets and the genuine fans are hidden behind the goals. Speaking of which, the thiefs at FIFA have all got VIP tickets for the main events – why?

    June 10, 2011
  5. Pembury Addick #

    Me too CA – we ordered low cost, low key event tickets and have been allocated sweet Fanny Adams. A few weeks ago I got two emails from Olympics 2012 that I couldn’t open as they were “corrupted” – how ironic..

    After the Sepp Blatter malarkey, international events seem a little tainted at the moment

    June 10, 2011
  6. Su #

    I met someone yesterday who has tickets for the synchronized swimming…and it was the only event she applied for.

    You never know, you might be lucky in the second tranche….*fingers crossed*

    June 17, 2011

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