Applications flooded in from 92 countries around the world including Jamaica, Thailand, Armenia and Uruguay. Whilst over 200,000 tickets were applied for Session 3 featuring the men’s 100m final, 13 of the 14 sessions in one price category or more have been balloted, reflecting the public’s huge appetite for live sport and world-class athletics.
The UK public witnessed new athletics heroes emerge at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games and applications for London’s Championships were boosted by the public wanting to witness these athletes in action next summer in The Stadium, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
London 2017 Ltd is working to ensure as many applicants as possible are able to attend the Championships. Unsuccessful ballot applicants will get a second chance to purchase remaining IAAF World Championships tickets, in mid-September 2016. Details are provided by email to them. Any remaining unsold IAAF World Championships tickets will come back on-sale later in the year.
The World ParaAthletics Championships will take place between 14 – 23 July 2017 in The Stadium, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Memories of London 2012’s sold out Paralympic Games evoke fantastic memories and the Championships are gearing up to be the last chance to see world-class athletes such as David Weir and Richard Whitehead in competitive track action. Sports fans can buy tickets from 11:00 on Saturday September 10 at tickets.london2017athletics.com.
London 2017 will be the biggest global sporting event to take place next summer and will bring together 3,300 world-class athletes from more than 200 countries, who will compete in 30 sessions across 20 jam-packed and action-fuelled days.
Usain Bolt, eleven-time World Champion said; "It's fantastic to see that organisers of next summer’s IAAF World Championships in London have been able to sell so many tickets a year ahead of the Championships. The fact that 70,000 children will be coming to watch next summer is something I'm hugely proud of."
UK Athletics & Championships Director of London 2017 Ltd CEO, Niels de Vos, said: “We are thrilled with the demand for tickets so far and next year is really setting up to be a fantastic summer of athletics where we welcome the world’s best athletes back to London. Four years on from the London 2012 Games, it’s great to see that there is still such enthusiasm for global sporting events. Our aim is to fill the Olympic Stadium with passionate crowds and ensure that as many fans as possible can enjoy world-class athletics and the demand we’re seeing so far for tickets shows we’re on our way to achieving this.
We know that the British public’s support for para athletes is unprecedented and we wouldn’t want anyone to miss out on seeing some incredible sporting action next July.”
IAAF President Sebastian Coe commented: “I’m delighted that fans from around the world will join the great British public next summer in welcoming teams from over 200 nations, making this a truly global championships both on and off the track. Their enthusiastic support will be central to motivating the world’s top athletes to produce their very best at the IAAF World Championships London 2017, so echoing the excitement and atmosphere of 2012."