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More than one million tickets applied for at IAAF World Championships London 2017

By SPORTS CORRESPONDENT
newsdesk@reporter.co.ke
London 2017 Ltd announced on Friday (2) that 1,047,000 tickets have been applied for at the IAAF World Championships London 2017 with five of 14 sessions oversubscribed across all four price categories.
– 486,000 of the 700,000 IAAF World Championships London 2017 tickets available have now been sold. Applicants will receive email communications from Friday 2 September 2016 to inform them of the outcome of the ballots and details of payment.
– The ticket application window was open between 1-29 August 2016 and promoted with ‘The Race Is On’ advertising campaign.
– The IAAF World Championships London 2017 will take place from 4-13 August 2017 at The Stadium, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
– You can find out more at: www.london2017athletics.com
Applications flooded in from 92 countries around the world including Jamaica, Thailand, Armenia and Uruguay. More than 200,000 tickets were applied for for session 3 featuring the men’s 100m final and 13 of the 14 sessions in one price category or more have been balloted, reflecting the UK and global public’s huge appetite for live sport and world-class athletics.
London 2017 Ltd is working to ensure as many applicants as possible are able to attend the IAAF World Championships London 2017.
Unsuccessful ballot applicants will get a second chance to purchase remaining tickets in mid-September 2016. Details will be provided by email to them from today, 2 September 2016. Any remaining unsold tickets will come back on sale later in the year.
Usain Bolt, 11-time world champion, said: “It’s fantastic to see that organisers of next summer’s IAAF World Championships in London have been able to sell so many tickets a year ahead of the championships. The fact that 70,000 children will be coming to watch next summer, for my £9.58 world record ticket price, is something I’m hugely proud of.”
Niels de Vos, CEO of UK Athletics and championships director of London 2017 Ltd, added: “We are thrilled with the demand for tickets so far and next year is really setting up to be a fantastic summer of athletics where we welcome the world’s best athletes back to London. Four years on from the London 2012 Games, it’s great to see that there is still such enthusiasm for global sporting events. Our aim is to fill the Olympic Stadium with passionate crowds and ensure that as many fans as possible can enjoy world-class athletics and the demand we’re seeing so far for tickets shows we’re on our way to achieving this.”
IAAF President Sebastian Coe commented: “I’m delighted that fans from around the world will join the great British public next summer in welcoming teams from over 200 nations, making this a truly global championship, both on and off the track. Their enthusiastic support will be central to motivating the world’s top athletes to produce their very best at the IAAF World Championships London 2017, so echoing the excitement and atmosphere of 2012.”
As the demand for tickets goes up, London 2017 Ltd want to remind the general public not to buy tickets from unofficial sources.
The only place to buy tickets for the championships is directly via: tickets.london2017athletics.com
London 2017 Ltd announced last month that STH Live will be the exclusive provider of hospitality and VIP tickets.
Ticket-inclusive hospitality packages are available to purchase for all sessions from Friday (2).
Packages include a variety of fine dining options and celebrity guest speakers providing expert insight and analysis. More information on the packages can be found here: london2017athletics.com/register-hospitality
 

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