Massive Demand for London Olympics Football Tickets

(ATR) London 2012 organizers tell Around the Rings there's huge demand for the 1.5 million football tickets now on sale.

(ATR) London 2012 organizers report huge demand for the Olympic football tickets now back on sale.

"We have sold tens of thousands of tickets this morning," a LOCOG spokesman tells Around the Rings.

More than 1.5 million tickets went on sale Tuesday on a first-come, first-served basis with the men's Wembley final, semifinals and quarterfinals selling out in the first hour of sales.

Customers initially had problems buying tickets they wanted because everyone went for the same matches, causing the computer system to slow down, LOCOG told ATR.

Prices start at $31 for adults with "pay your age" in effect for young people ages 16 and under as well as $25 tickets for seniors ages 60 and over available for most sessions.

Matches will take place at City of Coventry Stadium, Hampden Park, Millennium Stadium, Old Trafford, St James Park and Wembley Stadium.

Earlier this month, London 2012 announced where TeamGB will be playing its group fixtures. In conjunction with the British Olympic Association, the English FA will field a men's Olympic team for the first time in 52 years – since the Rome 1960 Games – and a women’s side for the first time ever.

The men’s team, coached by Stuart Pearce, will begin its campaign at Old Trafford on July 26 – one day before the Olympics opening ceremony. Its next match is at Wembley Stadium three days later with the final group game at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium on Aug. 1.

The British women’s team, coached by Hope Powell, will begin its quest for gold with matches on July 25 and 28 at the Millennium Stadium. Its final group stage match is at Wembley Stadium on July 31.

The official draw for the Olympic football tournament is scheduled for April 24 at Wembley Stadium.

Previous Olympic football tournaments have seen the likes of Lionel Messi, Xavi, Samuel Eto’o, Ronaldinho and Pep Guardiola become Olympic medallists.

The tens of thousands of tickets still available for the 2012 football tournament can be purchased here. The sales window closes on Feb. 6.

At London 2012, the men’s football competition will include 16 teams and the women’s tournament 12 teams.

Written by Mark Bisson

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