Budget Olympic test events give cause to celebrate

A selection of cut-price tickets will allow sports fans to see world-class athletes show what they can do ahead of the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Passes for a number of test events went on sale this morning (November 17th), according to Inside the Games – which pointed out that attendees could have the chance to see stars such as diver Tom Daley, gymnast Beth Tweddle and cyclist Sir Chris Hoy.

While the popularity of venues for hire during the actual Games is already likely to be high, many people may decide to organise a celebration during one of the test occasions to save money on tickets; as well as avoid the likely overcrowding in the summer.

Debbie Jevans, director of sport for London 2012, said: “With tickets on sale to the public this is a fantastic opportunity to see international competition, in some cases Olympic qualification events, within the Olympic venues where we will host the 2012 games.”

Entrance to the International Gymnastics event, the UCI Track Cycling World Cup and the FINA Diving World Cup starts from £5.

Writing on the Sky News Olympics Blog, Lia Hervey suggested there will be plenty of demand for the tickets, so people should act fast to avoid missing out.

Hervey pointed out that the organisers of the Games have been holding test events throughout 2011 to gauge how the Olympic venues will hold up during the main events, but for the fans they offer a great chance to be a part of the showpiece sports occasion – even if they have previously missed out on tickets.