The London 2017 Local Organising Committee today announced the competition schedule and ticket prices for the IAAF World Championships and World ParaAthletics Championships which will take place in the Olympic Stadium within Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
Competition schedules for both Championships have been designed to ensure more evening and weekend sessions, allowing more people to attend outside core working hours. Most sessions during the IAAF World Championships include a final and where possible, medal ceremonies have been scheduled together to enhance spectator experience. Every session during the World ParaAthletics Championships include a gold medal event as well as 100m race.
1.5 million tickets will go on sale on 1 August for the Summer of World Athletics – 800,000 for the World ParaAthletics Championships (from 14 – 23 July 2017) and 700,000 for the IAAF World Championships (from 4 – 13 August 2017). Public sales will be held via ballot, with applications opening at 10.00am 1 August and closing at 20.17pm on 22 August 2016. Prior to this there will be a priority sale window for pre-registered members of the athletics family in May and June 2016.
The IAAF 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. Full details of the London 2017 competition schedule can be found at:
For the IAAF 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% of tickets costing £50 or less. A breakdown of ticket prices can be found at: www.london2017athletics.com/tickets
For the first time ever, there will be athlete-themed ‘World Record’ ticket prices to reflect World Records set by athletes at previous IAAF World Championships. Tickets for one session at one price point will be available for: £12.91 (Colin Jackson’s 110m hurdles), £18.29 (Jonathan Edwards’ triple jump) and £52.74 (Sally Gunnell’s 400m hurdles). All children’s tickets will be priced at £9.58 (Usain Bolt’s 100m).
Tickets for the World ParaAthletics Championships start at just £10 for adults with children’s tickets priced at £5 for every session. Over half of tickets (500,000) cost £20 or less and a family of four can enjoy watching a ParaAthletics gold-medal session for just £30. A breakdown of ticket prices can be found at: www.london2017athletics.com/tickets
Members of the public who want to be part of the biggest sporting event held in the Olympic Stadium since the London 2012 Games should register their interest in purchasing tickets on the London 2017 website and stay tuned for the latest updates.
After the ballot closes, people will receive communications regarding which tickets they have been allocated at the end of August 2016. Any unsold tickets will be brought back onto general sale in September 2016.
Cherry Alexander, Managing Director at London 2017 said: “Our overall approach to ticketing across both Championships had three priorities: we want to fill the venue with passionate crowds, we want prices to be accessible to the athletics family, all sports fans and new spectators; and we wanted the timetable to allow as many people as possible to attend the biggest sporting event since London 2012. I really believe we have achieved this and it is going to be an incredible summer of world athletics.”
IAAF President Sebastian Coe commented: “2000 athletes from over 200 nations will gather next summer for the IAAF World Championships London 2017 which will be the biggest global championships of any sport next year. 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. Today’s 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.”
Xavier Gonzalez, Chief Executive Officer of the International Paralympic Committee, said: “I am thrilled the 2017 World ParaAthletics Championships are coming to London. The London 2012 Paralympic Games gave British sport fans so many amazing and memorable sporting moments, and I am sure people will be greatly excited at the opportunity to see world class para-sport once again next year. London 2017 has some of the most accessible prices ever seen at a World Championships and I am sure this will result in some great and hugely passionate support for the world’s best para-athletes.”
11-time World Champion Usain Bolt said: “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. I hope it will inspire many of them to get into athletics and look forward to seeing many young people filling seats next summer.”
ParaAthletics’ T37 400m World Champion and world record holder Georgie Hermitage said: “Next summer’s World ParaAthletics Championships are going to be incredible. I was one of many that started competing again as a result of the London 2012 Paralympic Games, so having the opportunity to continue my journey from where it started will be incredible. I was one of 80,000 in the crowd at the Olympic Stadium cheering on the British team, and it will be a feeling like no other to have that support once again but this time as an athlete. It’s great to see tickets as such competitive prices and I would encourage everyone to come and see the biggest stars in the sport.”