London 2012 Organizers Backtrack Over Charging Babies for Tickets

May 8, 2012

Babies will not be charged an admission ticket for the Olympics, London 2012 organisers have claimed as long as they are firmly fastened to an adult.

This comes after organisers ruled in January that Babies and young infants would need a ticket

It was in March last year that tickets for the Games first went on sale, since when some of those who secured seats in the ballots have given birth.

The mumsnet.com website was inundated by outraged mothers earlier this year as they discovered they could not take their babies to the Olympic events unless they bought a separate ticket. Most venues were sold out by that time.

Following complaints and suggestions that the policy might be in breach of sexual equality laws, organisers agreed to review the situation.

LOCOG chief executive Paul Deighton said: “Anyone who purchased a ticket… and did become pregnant, had a baby and wants to take the baby to the Games will be able to do so.

“The baby of course will be under 12 months old and then will be let in if securely strapped to the parent or carer by way of a baby carrier, papoose or sling.”

This ‘babes in arms’ policy will apply to all venues with the exception of Manchester’s Old Trafford, Wembley Stadium, Newcastle’s St James’ Park and the North Greenwich Arena.

There are existing licensing agreements at these venues, meaning that all spectators would require tickets regardless of age.