Hackney residents have been given a 48-hour headstart in an opportunity to meet Britain’s sporting stars.
Tickets for a special event to mark the opening of the Olympic Stadium went on sale to residents of the host boroughs at 9am yesterday morning, 48-hours ahead of general release.
The move means that residents of Hackney, Tower Hamlets, Waltham Forest, Newham, Greenwich and Barking and Dagenham, who will feel the impact of the millions of people flocking to see the Games in August, are more likely to secure tickets.
Hackney resident Maureen Walsh, 60, said: “It is fair for us to get first tickets because we’re the ones who live here… We are entitled to perks like this.”
Chris Martin, 60, added: “I live in Stratford and we have to put up with all the building work and will have put up with the inconvenience during the Games, so it is only fair.”
The event on 5 May will see 40,000 people rub shoulders with celebrities and Olympic and Paralympic hopefuls at the Stadium. One member of the public will be chosen to officially open the venue.
Tickets for synchronised swimming, hockey, waterpolo, wheelchair tennis and paralympic athletics were also put on priority release yesterday.
They will not be made available to the rest of the public until 10am tomorrow.
Mayor of Hackney Jules Pipe said: “This early release of tickets means that host borough residents get access before anyone else to see top Olympic athletes compete and gain access to the Olympic park just weeks before the Games begin.”
Events will take place between 18 April and 8 May, with tickets costing between £3 and £20.
To take advantage of the priority offer, visit www.ticketmaster.co.uk/londonpreparesseries and enter the code HACKNEYPREPARES into the host borough pre-sale box.