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Summer Olympics 2012 London: Opening Ceremony, Dates, Schedule & tickets

Updated on July 9, 2012

Summer Olympics 2012 in London are going to be a big hit all around the globe. As we all know that the Olympics is the world’s biggest sports event which repeats itself after a time period of 4 years. After the great success of summer Olympics 2008 in Beijing, now it’s the London’s turn to shine. Most of us are very curious about the various sports events, opening ceremony, dates and full schedule of London Olympics 2012, whereas some of us want to know about the tickets and the availability of seats for them to watch some unforgettable moments in the history of Olympics 2012. So here I have brought every piece of information that you need about the London Olympics 2012.

Summer Olympics Paralympic logos in various colors
Summer Olympics Paralympic logos in various colors | Source
London Summer Olympics Logo
London Summer Olympics Logo | Source

Opening Ceremony Olympics 2012

The opening ceremony of London’s summer Olympics 2012 is going to be held on 27th July, 2012. This huge ceremony will be known as “The Isles of Wonder”. Danny Boyle, who is an “Oscar winning director”, will remain active as the artistic director throughout the complete opening ceremony.

Two best known personalities of the world in the form of a great couple of Queen Elizabeth II and her husband Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh are going to officially open the Summer Olympics 2012 for the people all around the world and the great sports personalities who will take part in London Olympics.

A British-Irish boy band, “The Wanted” will rock the crowd during the opening ceremony with their latest hit “Chasing the Sun” (also the theme song for the 2012 film “Ice Age- 4”).

Television coverage of opening ceremony of Olympics 2012 will screen a short film of “James Bond”.

Closing of the ceremony will be performed by Sir Paul McCartney which he has already announced.

Dates & full schedule of summer Olympics 2012

There are 26 sports which will be played in 39 disciplines in London Olympics this season. Various dates and full schedule for all the sports events in London Olympics can be seen in the picture below. This is the final official schedule for summer Olympics 2012 which was announced on 15February 2011.

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summer Olympics 2012 full schedule
summer Olympics 2012 full schedule | Source

Summer Olympics 2012 Tickets

The event is going to be very huge and for this reason, organisers have estimated 8 million tickets along with 1.5 million tickets for Paralympic Games. Some events like road cycling, marathon, and triathlon wouldn’t cost you anything and are absolutely free to watch.

Initially, in the first round of ticket selling the demand to get Olympic tickets was very-very high. Around 1.8 million people applied to get 20 million tickets. Only half of them could get tickets who ever applied for it. The first round of Summer Olympic 2012 got over from15 march 2011 to 26 april 2011 with a great disappoint in public.

Second round for selling the Olympic tickets started from 23 June 2011 to 2 July 2011. And almost 90 % people got tickets with the rejection of around 15000 applications due to late updating of Ticketmaster’s website.

Third round for selling the tickets of Summer Olympics 2012 started from 8th July 2011 and ended on 17 July 2011.

There are no more tickets left if you want to watch a volleyball match at London Olympics. Freestyle wrestling tickets are available on first come first serve basis. Around 1.7 million tickets are booked for football with around 6 Lacks for other events like hockey, judo, volleyball, archery, boxing etc. The normal price of ticket for Summer Olympic was between 20 to 50 Euros.

Many Free tickets were provided to the defence personnel, children and for the survivors and families of those who ended their lives in London bombings on 7th July 2005.

Till the end of 3rd round 3.5 million tickets had been sold. Starting from 11 May 2012 one million tickets has been sold and the counting is continuing.

So, you need to take an immediate action for the booking of your ticket. Few events would be very crowded and you need to book your seat in advance as soon as possible if you want to have a ball there.

London Olympic Gold Medals
London Olympic Gold Medals | Source

Closing ceremony of Summer Olympics 2012

Closing ceremony of London Summer Olympics 2012 would be the end of a blasting sports event with the shine of hundreds of Olympic medals and history of new records behind mixed in British music. It will start on 12th of August 2012. You can see the broadcast in any corner of the world from 21:00 BST to 23:45 BST.

The closing ceremony of Summer Olympics 2012 will mainly be the extinguishing of the Olympic Flame and handover of Olympic torch by the mayor of London to the mayor of Rio de Janeiro (host city for Summer Olympics 2016).

This is the brief info mainly focussed on the opening ceremony, dates, schedule tickets and the closing ceremony of London 2012 summer Olympics. You may also find it interesting to read about Sochi Winter Olympics 2014. But if you want to gather more information about the venues, infrastructure, transport facilities, financing, partners, volunteers, countdown, ticketing, logo, Olympic Torch relay, mascot, medals, participants etc. Then you can either visit the official site of London Olympics 2012 ( you can read a full information page written by Wikipedia community about the Summer Olympics 2012.


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      6 years ago from New York City, NY

      Gosh, I came by your site belatedly. Good thing I had a ticket, obtained by my friend by lottery - did you know about that?

      That was a lot of research on your part. Good job.

      The Olympics was beautifully managed and choreographed by so many wonderful people. You have a right to be proud of their production.


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