“To have sold the most ever tickets for a Paralympic Games three weeks before the Opening Ceremony is absolutely fantastic and shows the insatiable appetite the public has for top class elite sport."
With just three weeks to go to the London 2012 Paralympic Games, the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) has confirmed that a record 2.1 million Paralympic tickets have already now been sold.
With over 600,000 tickets purchased in the last month, the total number of Paralympic tickets sold has now surpassed the previous record of 1.8 million tickets sold in 2008 for the Beijing Games.
Seb Coe, LOCOG Chair, said: “We are absolutely delighted with how the British public has responded so far to tickets for the Paralympic Games. The Olympic Games have shown us that the UK has taken the Games to their heart and with the tickets sold so far and more still to come I look forward to even more people getting the chance to join in and to form memories that will last a lifetime.”
2.5 million Paralympic tickets have been put on sale in total. Prices start at just £10 (£5 for young people and seniors).
Remaining Paralympic tickets are available now at www.tickets.london2012.com. More tickets will be available online next week.
Currently there is good availability for sports at ExCeL – including Wheelchair Fencing, Sitting Volleyball, Boccia and Powerlifting. £15 tickets to these sports include a £10 ExCeL Day Pass ticket. The Day Pass ticket presents the opportunity to see up to five sports in ExCeL on the same day on a first come, first served, general admission basis.
There is also availability for the Paralympic Opening and Closing Ceremonies in the higher price brackets (£250 up to top price £500).
Sir Philip Craven, President of the International Paralympic Committee said: “To have sold the most ever tickets for a Paralympic Games three weeks before the Opening Ceremony is absolutely fantastic and shows the insatiable appetite the public has for top class elite sport.
“Normally the busiest sales period for the Paralympic Games is once the Olympics have begun. The difference in London however is that ahead of the Games starting we had sold over 1.4 million tickets, giving us a great platform with which to build from.
“So far London has delivered a quite spectacular Olympic Games which has further whetted the appetite of the public ahead of the Paralympics. This combined with some superb LOCOG PR and marketing activity, excellent Paralympic awareness campaigns from all sponsors and many broadcasters around the globe has resulted in the record demand for tickets.
“Our aim now is to sell every single ticket. It would be a fitting that when the Paralympic Movement returns to its spiritual birthplace in three weeks time it does so in front of packed sold-out venues.”
Tim Hollingsworth, Chief Executive of the British Paralympic Association, said: "We want everyone to get behind ParalympicsGB in the way they have behind Team GB - it will make a difference. So spread the word, there are still tickets available, especially in venues like ExCeL, where people can see Boccia, Wheelchair Fencing, Sitting Volleyball and Powerlifting. We want the stadia to be packed to the rafters with British supporters. I can promise exhilarating sport in stunning venues with all our GB athletes ready to put it all on the line for our country. I know our athletes can’t wait to compete in front of the biggest crowds ever at a Paralympic Games and we want them to be full of British fans.”
In recognition of Visa's longstanding support of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games, only Visa (debit, credit and prepaid) can be used to purchase tickets. For applicants outside of the UK, a full list of Authorised Ticket Resellers is available on the London 2012 ticketing website.
Customers are advised to purchase London 2012 Paralympic Games tickets only through official sources. It is illegal to sell London 2012 Paralympic Games tickets without the permission of LOCOG. Any website or individual claiming to have tickets for sale should be checked against the list of official outlets on the London 2012 ticketing website.