London 2017: £9.58 to watch Usain Bolt
The London 2017 World Athletics Championships announced some intriguing family friendly ticket prices last week – with Olympic and Paralympic heroes revealing a special ‘Bolt Ticket’ which will allow children to attend the IAAF World Championships for just £9.58 in tribute to Usain Bolt’s 100m world record.
A total of 1.5 million tickets will go on sale on August 1 for the summer of world athletics – 800,000 are up for grabs for the World ParaAthletics Championships, taking place on July 14-23 2017, and 700,000 for the IAAF World Championships (August 4-13 2017).
Public sales will be held via ballot, with applications opening at 10am on August 1 and closing at 20.17pm on August 22 2016.
“I always say that the children are the future and I commend the organisers of London 2017 on this initiative to give young people the chance to buy affordable tickets,” Jamaica star Bolt, who is an 11-time world champ said.
“I hope it will inspire many of them to get into athletics and look forward to seeing many young people filling seats next summer.”
The World Championships and World ParaAthletics Championships, held in the same city in the same year for the first time ever, will bring together world-class athletes from over 200 countries who will compete in 30 sessions across 20 jam-packed and action-fuelled days.
For the World Championships there is a wide range of accessible prices for tickets, starting at just £20 for adults with child prices under £10 for every session.
Over one-third of tickets (250,000) cost £35 or less, with 50 per cent of tickets costing £50 or less. A breakdown of ticket prices can be found at www.london2017athletics.com/tickets.
There will also be athlete-themed ‘World Record’ ticket prices to reflect world records set at previous world championships.
Tickets for one session at one price point will be available for: £12.91 (Colin Jackson’s 110m hurdles mark), £18.29 (Jonathan Edwards’ triple jump) and £52.74 (Sally Gunnell’s 400m hurdles). All children’s tickets will be priced at £9.58 (Bolt’s 100m).
IAAF President Sebastian Coe added: “There will be hundreds of thousands of spectators attending the 2012 Olympic stadium in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park which will be the venue for the world championships.
“The launch of tickets sales with an innovative timetable and accessible prices offers everyone a great opportunity to witness the world’s best athletes live in action.”
Tickets for the World ParaAthletics Championships start at just £10 for adults with children’s tickets priced at £5 for every session.
Over 500,000 tickets cost £20 or less and a family of four will be able to enjoy watching a ParaAthletics gold-medal session for £30.
For further information on the breakdown of prices and to sign up for ticket alerts for London 2017, visit here.