The schedule of events for the 2012 Olympic Games was recently published and the race for tickets begins on 15 March, marking 500 days to go before the opening ceremony.
A women’s soccer match in Wales will kick off the 2012 Olympics program a full two days before the flame is lit in London for ‘the greatest show on earth’.
The competition schedule with dates, times and prices for the 19-day sporting extravaganza was published online on Tuesday after years of planning and exactly a month before 6.6 million public tickets go on sale.
The very first event will be around 200km away to the west at Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium, which hosts a preliminary match for the women’s soccer tournament at 3 p.m. British time on July 25.
While elite athletes around the world had their first look at the official timetable, ordinary citizens around the world could start planning their own once-in-a-lifetime experience as spectators.
London’s first glimpse of Olympic action will be the unticketed men’s and women’s archery individual ranking round at Lord’s cricket ground on July 27, hours before the formal opening ceremony watched by an estimated global television audience of 4 billion.
The schedule lists more than 670 sessions at 34 venues in 26 sports, with some 2.5 million tickets available for purchase and children enjoying a “pay your age” scheme. Each ticket will include free travel on public transport in London for the day of the event, to encourage spectators to use the transport system and take in the festivities throughout the city.
Other events, such as the two marathons and cycling’s road races, will be free to watch.