London 2012 tickets printed in Arkansas
Wednesday 08 February 2012
London Olympics tickets will be printed in Arkansas and then air-freighted to the UK after an American company was given the contract to produce them.
Games organisers awarded the contract for 11 million Olympics and Paralympics tickets to Weldon, Williams & Lick of Fort Smith, Arkansas, the town that provided the setting for the Coen Brothers' western film True Grit.
The 16-ton order will be flown 4,500 miles then posted to buyers in June.
At the Seoul and Barcelona games, tickets were printed by state institutions equivalent to the Royal Mint.
"It is typical of our country," said Tony Hallett, account manager at CCS McLays, which has produced tickets for the Millenium Stadium in Cardiff. "The Yanks would never give it to us."
A London 2012 spokesman said 95 per cent of contracts went to British firms and "the contract to print tickets was awarded following a thorough, competitive and open tender".
Cristiano Ronaldo paying €60,000 for brain operation for 10-month-old boy
Bayern Munich 1 Arsenal 1 match report: Lukas Podolski goal fails to inspire comeback at the Allianz Arena as Gunners are knocked out of Champions League
Top 10 funniest football chants - in pictures
The 10 funniest football chants revealed, with poll naming West Ham supporters as 'wittiest in the country'
Barcelona 2 Manchester City 1 match report: Lionel Messi and Dani Alves on target as brilliant Barca knock City out of the Champions League
- 1 Fracking is turning the US into a bigger oil producer than Saudi Arabia
- 2 Hells of residence: Inside Macedonia's horrifying student accommodation - where the walls are green and the food is black
- 3 Boy George: Bad karma
- 4 First Kiss video: Filmmaker gets 20 strangers to make out on YouTube with awkward results
- 5 Rampaging elephant smashes up house but then 'saves crying baby trapped under debris'
Katie Hopkins continues campaign to become Britain's most hated talking head with poorly timed Bob Crow tweet
No EU referendum under Labour: Ed Miliband to reveal that vote on membership is ‘unlikely’ in next Parliament if party wins power
Grace Dent: Who cares if she spells it Barraco Barner? Gemma Worrall is more employable than some bookish arts graduate
Ukraine crisis: Russia pledges to 'retaliate against sanctions' as Ukrainian president says Crimea vote will not be recognised
The quiet diplomat: Catherine Ashton - recognised and admired in all the world’s troubled countries, yet ridiculed at home
Fracking is turning the US into a bigger oil producer than Saudi Arabia