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How Much Are Olympic Tickets?

Updated on August 21, 2012
Attending the Olympics Doesn't Come Cheaply
Attending the Olympics Doesn't Come Cheaply

The Opening Ceremony for the London 2012 Olympic Games have come and gone, and the first athletic medals have already been awarded. It’s safe to say that, if you don’t already have your Olympics tickets, you almost certainly have no plans to attend. That’s OK, because you will have a better view of the action from your HDTV anyway. You can also think about how much money you saved by not buying tickets. How much do the Olympics tickets cost, anyway?

The least expensive Olympics tickets will be held by young people age 16 and under as of July 27, 2012. These youngsters (or, more likely, their parents) will pay their age for their tickets. For example, the ticket for a 10 year old will have cost just 10 £ ($15.50), while a ticket for a 5 year old will have cost a bargain 5 £ ($7.75).

The next least expensive Olympics tickets will be held by seniors age 60 and above as of July 27, 2012. They’ll pay just 16 £ ($24.80) for their tickets--still a huge bargain for a possibly once-in-a-lifetime event.

What about the other ticket holders? Some fans of each Olympics event, along with the Opening and Closing Ceremonies, snared tickets at the symbolic price of only 20.12 £ ($31.19). How many of these tickets were sold? Unclear. But it’s safe to say I wouldn’t be watching Michael Phelps at this price.

Say you’re a huge fan of Montenegro’s women’s handball team. You could have scored a ticket to their first-round game (or is it a match?) against the host country of Great Britain on July 28th for 20, 30, 40 or 50 British pounds sterling ($31, $46.50, $62 or $77.50, respectively), depending on your sight lines.

On the other hand, if you want to see the finals of the men’s 4 x 100 m medley relay and its medal ceremony on August 4th, you would have needed to pay 50 £ ($77.50) for even the least expensive seats, or 95, 185, 295 or 450 £ ($147.25, $286.75, $457.25 or $697.50, respectively) for the better seats.

If you went for broke and managed to buy tickets for the Opening Ceremony, you would have paid up to a symbolic 2012 £ ($3118.60) for the best seats. Or, you could have saved a few bucks by buying less expensive seats for 1600, 995, 150 or 20.12 £ ($2480.00, $1542.25, $232.50 or $31.19, respectively).

Compared to the gala Opening Ceremony, tickets to the Closing Ceremony are relatively inexpensive. The most expensive seats cost 1500 £ ($2325), while the less expensive seats cost 995, 655 or 150 £ ($1542.25, $1015.25 or $232.50). If you were lucky, you may still have bought a bargain seat for 20.12 £ ($31.19).

Of course, you would also have needed to buy airline tickets to England and hotel nights in London at premium prices, and spring for relatively expensive transportation and food costs during your stay. And you would be looking at spending hours fighting through the traffic and going through security lines.

Watching the action on TV sounds better and better. But then again, it is the Olympics!


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