Pay £10 to watch Olympics on screen


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People who missed out on Olympics tickets in the first and second ballots are to be given the first opportunity to buy tickets when the remaining 1 million go on sale in April. Games organisers are considering allowing a 24-hour headstart for the estimated one million people who bid for tickets but didn't receive any.

The sale of tickets will be staggered, event by event, to prevent systems from crashing under a sudden weight of demand. The sale will last around five days, with tickets for popular events such as athletics and cycling still available.

The Committee organising the games, Locog, are still working through the details of general admission tickets to the Olympic Park during the Games, where fans can watch events on several big screens, including one large double-sided screen sat in the Lea River. The number available will depend on how many events are occurring on site each day. It is thought tickets will cost around £10.

Further big screens in Hyde Park, and at Victoria Park in Tower Hamlets in East London will also be showing events. Hyde Park will accommodate up to 50,000 and Victoria Park 20,000 to 30,000. Admission is free, but it is possible to pre-book tickets, which guarantee early and speedy entry, costing £3.50 for up to four.

Special concerts featuring marquee chart acts will accompany screenings of the opening and closing ceremonies in Hyde Park, for which tickets will cost around £50 and capacity raised to 80,000.