Following the publication of the Ticketing Report by London 2012 this week (thanks Claire Miller for the tip), we’ve extracted some of the data buried within. First up is Appendix V from the report: Price category of sold tickets by Olympic sport. We’ve put this into a table below, but you can also copy the spreadsheet here (or view a webpage here).
Unfortunately, like a lot of data in this report, there is some vital context lacking – namely, how many tickets were available, as well as how many were bought. If you do anything with this please let us know so we can pass it on: Continue reading
The National Audit Office has published its report into the 2012 London Olympics. It includes sections on costs, on legacy, and lessons. Can you find anything in it?
Embedded above is a report from the House of Commons Public Accounts Committee on preparations for the Olympic and Paralymic Games. Some of the contents were covered (mainly on specialist blogs) when it was published in April, such as the concern over the increase in security costs where:
“LOCOG has had to renegotiate its contract with G4S for venue security from a weak negotiating position and there is a big question mark over whether it secured a good deal for the taxpayer.”
Random Blowe provides further detail on this.
But we haven’t previously published it here.
There’s a lot to look at as the games ramps up to the opening ceremony. One of the sentences that particularly stands out, for example, is this:
“The Government is highly dependent on LOCOG to deliver a successful Games and is obliged to meet any shortfall between LOCOG’s costs and revenues.”
Can you find anything else of interest?
We’ve acquired a copy of guidance given to local authorities hosting the Olympic torch relay (embedded above). Continue reading
The Olympic Games are awarded by the International Olympic Committee seven years before delivery after an intense bidding process between other candidate cities (something that I will be writing about further in the coming weeks). When the rights to host the Games are handed over to the winning nation, an Organising Committee is formed and the host city contract is signed between them and the IOC, promising that the certain measures are undertaken to ensure the smooth and consistent delivery of the Games.
When we hear stories about changes to bylaws, opportunities to allow stakeholders such as sponsors access to VIP services (like the Olympic Lanes) and to develop on particular land area, many of these decisions were made very much in advance of the bidding process and signed off as being a ‘given’ in terms of the development process. This is because the IOC see the Olympic Games very much as their ‘baby’ and in a way, is the only product that they have to see to the world. The exclusivity of access and association to those internationally recognised five rings.
If you have questions about why particular things are happening for London 2012, then you can almost always find those details set out in the host city contract. It is available, thanks to Games Monitor, here as a PDF.