Londoners May Be Fighting For Olympic TicketsMarch 4, 2010
The Olympics is coming and I may not get a ticket. Paying for the hosting of the biggest show on Earth and being a Londoner is clearly not enough. According to a report on the BBC website, European law dictates that favouring the host country is not allowed because it’s discriminatory, therefore, everyone will have an equal chance of buying tickets. So I’ll be trying to get a ticket for an event with 200 million other Europeans. But it gets better. Before I get ready to rumble with the Germans, French and Italians, the Olympic family will probably get first dibs, as is the custom for Olympic events. This ‘family’ include the usual suspects: sponsors, officials, media, athletes and other guests. Unless I’m very, very lucky, it looks like I’ll be watching it on the TV either at home, or on a large screen in a park, taking my chances on our unpredictable Weather.
The price of a ticket is as yet, unknown, but I’ve heard rumblings about ‘affordability.’ Personally, I think the people of East London should get free tickets as compensation for the inconvenience and uprooting that has occurred in the preparation of this event. But I’d be dead if I held my breath for that one. Instead, I have to hope that the tickets really will be affordable. It would be a big slap in the face if the people who are living in the centre of the action can’t afford to see a live Olympic event. After all, we may not get this opportunity for another 50 years.
The winter Olympics in Vancouver has just ended. I saw as much of it as I could, given the time difference and I saw highlights of the closing ceremony, which included William Shatner of all people. I really enjoyed it and liked Canada even more, though I’ve not yet managed to pay a visit. I would love to know how the ordinary people experienced it. So if there are any Canadian readers out there, tell me about it. Maybe it’ll help me be less cynical about it. Or maybe not.