Ten pound poms to charge Olympic fans to breathe
London Olympic organisers LOCOG are officially loco. They are not, however, low cost.
In an unprecedented step, LOCOG will charge people ten pounds to enter the main Olympic stadium precinct and watch events on the big screen. Up to 70,000 such tickets are for sale.
They will also charge people to watch the road cycling in the Surrey countryside, as well as charging ten pounds to watch Olympic tennis on the big screen on the famous “Henman Hill” at Wimbledon – the small patch of grass named after the mostly unthreatening Pom who lost four Wimbledon semi finals.
None of this has happened before at an Olympics, and it runs strongly against the vibe of wildly successful Olympics like Sydney, where even those without tickets felt like they were part of the huge, city-wide party.
Ticket sales have generally been going well in London. Twenty two million people applied for the first batch of six million tickets, and around 9 million tickets will likely be sold overall, so it’s hard to understand LOCOG’s pettiness.
They have, however, made trips to Beijing to see how the Chinese did it, so perhaps they lost a little of the party mood on those trips.
In all seriousness, this is a heck of a way to raise a million quid in ticket revenue and and blow several million more in public relations goodwill.
In other British sports news overnight, former England cricketer Adam Holioake has drawn his first cage fight, in his new career as a practitioner of mixed martial arts. “I would love to do it again, but my wife was not a big fan,” he told BBC Sport.
“She is a beautiful person and she wants me to follow my dreams. But I just think at the moment she wishes my dreams were something else.”
Great quote, that. Someone should tell London Olympic organisers they’re dreamin’ too.
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