London 2012 Ticketing Resale Website to Reopen this Week

January 16, 2012

The error-stricken London 2012 Olympic ticket re-sale website is set to reopen this week, according to organisers. 

It has already been down for a week since being unable to cope with the vast demand, since when under-pressure agents Ticketmaster have been trying to get it back up and running. 

However, a spokesman for the London 2012 Organising Committee (LOCOG) said on Friday the problems had been fixed and that the site should reopen this week. 

But the spokesman refused to specify an exact day when tickets will again go on sale or the nature of the technical solution. 

“LOCOG confirms that a solution has been found to enable the ticket resale platform to reopen next week.” 

The resale site was designed to allow fans to sell unwanted tickets, with others able to buy them on a first-come, first-served basis. 

But many would-be purchasers were left frustrated as their attempts to buy tickets failed, with the site — hours after they logged on — showed the same tickets were available yet unable to be bought. 

London 2012 said the confusion was down to thousands of people trying to buy tickets and the ensuing delay in removing those tickets from the system once they had in fact been purchased. 

The resale window had been due to be open until February 3, with a further one million ‘contingency’ tickets due to go on sale in May. 

Officials have yet to confirm if the resale window will be extended. 

Although ticket sales for the Games have been strong, the way in which tickets have been distributed has led to unwanted headlines for organisers. 

Earlier this month LOCOG suffered the embarrassment of admitting they had mistakenly oversold tickets for synchronised swimming sessions and were forced to offer people places at other events. 

Last year hundreds of thousands of British fans missed out on tickets for the Games in a lottery, amid massive demand.