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article imageLondon Olympics 2012: Football only sport with unsold tickets

By Carol Finch
Feb 7, 2012 in Sports
London - All of the London 2012 Olympic events are now sold out with the exception of one of England's national sports, football.
All of the original ticket sales applications for the Olympics in London this summer have closed with demand often far outstripping supply. There is, according to the BBC, only one sport that still has tickets available – football.
This is not down to a lack of interest; football is considered by many to be the country's national sport. The event has, indeed, been the biggest seller of the games so far with 800,000 tickets sold to date. But, there are 2.3 million tickets available, leaving 1.5 million unsold.
Ticket sales have been skewed towards the men's tournaments where there is availability for some preliminary matches, the Bronze medal match, two of the Quarter Finals and one Semi. There are tickets available for all of the women's ties. Women's football is still not that popular in the country, despite the fact that the England team is currently ranked 8th in the world and often performs better in tournaments than the men's team.
Sales of both sports are probably suffering most from the fact that the draw will not take place until late April this year. Until this happens, fans have no way of knowing who will be playing in a given event slot. Many may simply be waiting to see when and where England will play before they commit to booking tickets. So, this does not mean that stadia will be empty for the tournaments, although this might be a worry to the Olympic organisers who have showcased football at the very start of the games.
The remaining tickets for the event are not currently on sale. They are being withheld until April when LOCOG's official ticket resale program begins.
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