More than 100,000 people get Paralympics tickets

More than 100,000 people have got tickets to the London 2012 Paralympics in the first round sale, organisers said today.

London 2012 estimate that 800,000 tickets have been sold to the public now that the random ballots for the oversubscribed events have been finished.

It means that about nine out of 10 of the 116,000 people who applied for 1,146,000 tickets are in line to get all or some of their ticket bids, London 2012 said.

Successful buyers will start to see the payments being taken from their accounts from October 18 before they find out what tickets they have got.

London 2012 chief executive Paul Deighton said: 'We are on track to complete payments by the end of the month, ready to inform people what tickets they have by 18 November.

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'We were thrilled by the response to Paralympic Games tickets and since the application process closed our teams have been working hard to run the required ballots, ready to begin the process of taking payments and allocating tickets.'

Ballots were run for oversubscribed seats across 80 sport sessions and at 117 price categories.

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Total sales figures for the 2012 Paralympics jumps to more than a million tickets when sales to international visitors, sponsors and other groups are included.

London 2012 want to raise between �20 million to �50 million from Paralympic tickets as part of its overall �500 million revenue target from all Olympic and Paralympic ticket sales.

The ticket sale which ran from September 9 to 26 had triggered 'unprecedented interest' in the Paralympics a year out from the Games, they said.

Almost two thirds of the 1.9 million people who applied in the six-week first round of Olympic sales ended up empty-handed. A total of 1.2 million people ended up with nothing, with only 700,000 - 36pc - being successful.

More than 4,200 athletes, with a variety of disabilities, from 150 nations will take part in 20 sports at the London 2012 Paralympics.

Star names such as South African sprinter Oscar Pistorius plus British swimmer Ellie Simmonds and wheelchair racer David Weir as big draws.

Spectators will get two more chances to buy tickets on a first-come, first-served basis.

All unsold Paralympic tickets, along with what remains of the Olympic football tickets, will go on sale in December. This will include some medal sessions and ceremonies.

Another online ticket release is set for April 2012. This will probably coincide with the big rush of people still trying to get a seat at the Games.

Up to another 1.3 million tickets may come up for sale. The exact number of tickets in this batch will also be influenced by the finalised seating and staging plans for the ceremonies which affect the amount of space which will be used.

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