Olympic Ticket Ballot: Last Minute Strategy Update

By London_Duncan Last edited 94 months ago
Olympic Ticket Ballot: Last Minute Strategy Update

Less than 48 hours to go now to send your entry in for the Olympic ticket ballot and, like us, you may still be hesitating before clicking the Buy Now button. Do you need to go one price level higher? Do you have any chance of success if you only try for that event on one day?

Obviously, there's been no indication from LOCOG or any other Olympic body as to how the entries are panning out so far, though some have speculated that obvious draws like the opening ceremony, sports where Brits have good medal chances or anything involving Usain Bolt are likely to be heavily oversubscribed.

On Sunday tea-time, as ballot entries were predicted to reach their final crescendo, people were busy Twittering and Facebooking excitedly away about what they'd been bidding for. We reasoned the intensity of that messaging might give a decent barometer of the overall level of interest in tickets for particular sports.

There are some caveats, such as we wouldn't be picking up this way on the continental European craving for things like handball and water polo and you should take into account how many tickets are actually available (for football, for example), but when we saw the results, they looked to us like a surprisingly plausible order of British public preference.

In the table that follows Google "realtime" searches have been used to find the most recent ten messages that conform to the search "Olympic +tickets [name of sport]". The date given is the date of the tenth post, apart from for the two sports that didn't register ten. It's not rigourously scientific, of course, but we offer it as our thumbnail guide to those last minute buying dilemmas.

24th April

Cycling - Track
1 day before Diving
Gymnastics (Artistic/General)
Opening Ceremony
Equestrian (only 4 posts)
2 days Beach Volleyball
3 days Boxing
4 days Rowing
16th April Closing Ceremony
15th April Sailing
14th April Badminton
13th April Hockey
11th April Mountain Biking
10th April Weightlifting
Trampolining (only 2 posts)
8th April Table Tennis
7th April Wrestling
5th April Archery
4th April Fencing
3rd April Handball
28th March Judo
22nd March Synchronised Swimming
Water Polo
16th March Modern Pentathlon
15th March Canoe Slalom
Canoe Sprint
8th March Shooting
17th January Rhythmic Gymnastics

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Last Updated 25 April 2011