1,000 Olympics opening ceremony tickets have 'restricted view'


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Spectators who have paid almost £1,000 for last-minute tickets to the Olympics opening ceremony will not get a good view of the whole event.

A message on the London 2012 tickets website says that seats bought after Tuesday, July 17, for £995 and £150 will have a restricted view.

"Tickets in price category B (£995) and C (£150) purchased from 17 July 2012 onwards will have a restricted view of parts of the ceremony," the website says.

Details of the opening ceremony, which kicks off at 7.30pm tomorrow night, remain shrouded in mystery.

Thousands of people who were treated to advance previews earlier this week have been asked to "save the surprise" by not sharing details of the performance.

Earlier today, Locog said that there were still tickets available for the event, with a few left in category AA, priced at £2,012 and others in category A, at £1,600 each.

London 2012 chairman Lord Coe today said he would consider cutting the price of remaining expensive tickets to the Games.

He told ITV News that there were "a few more tickets to sell" and that two million have gone in the last couple of months.

"It was always my ambition to put people that look like they wanted to be in the stadium, to make them affordably priced - two thirds are under £50 - and really to meet our revenue targets and I think we've done that in a really, really difficult climate."

Asked if he would consider reducing prices, Lord Coe said: "We'll look at all those sorts of things, but we've got any number of options."

"I just don't think, from what's happening at the moment, we're going to have a great deal left," he added.