Organisers of the IAAF World Championships London 2017 have announced the latest sales figure for tickets with more than 660,000 sold for the championships, which are set to start on Friday 4 August.
The championships, taking place from 4-13 August, will also kick off with a bumper opening weekend with a quarter of a million spectators set to flock to the London Stadium over the Friday, Saturday and Sunday sessions.
Yet in spite of the huge demand for the opening night and both evenings of the Saturday and Sunday 5 and 6 August, organisers will next week issue the last remaining small batch of tickets for all 14 stadium sessions recouped from changes in stadium requirements.
This means fans can still catch Jessica Ennis-Hill receiving her reallocated 2011 world heptathlon gold during Session 5 on 6 August, the exact same night fellow Brit Katarina Johnson-Thompson goes for glory in the 2017 event.
“It is going to be a special night for me and I am honoured that the IAAF and the organisers of the London World Championships have offered me the chance to receive my medal in front of the British fans," Ennis-Hill said.
"The London Stadium is where I won Olympic gold in 2012 and I never thought I would be back in the stadium receiving another gold. I have fond memories of the podium in 2012 and I am looking forward to creating some more next month.”
The final ticket release also marks the final opportunity to secure tickets to see Usain Bolt – whose 100m world record inspired 80,000 children’s sales with his £9.58 priced ticket – take to the blocks in the 100m for the last time during Session 3 on 5 August.
All 14 stadium sessions, including the sold out opening night featuring Mo Farah on 4 August, will return to on sale availability for those eager to catch the biggest sports event in the world in 2017 taking place in London.
The last chance to buy the small amount of tickets will commence at 10:00am on Tuesday 1 August via https://tickets.london2017athletics.com/
“We are delighted that so many people are set to visit the London Stadium to be part of the IAAF World Championships this summer, but with tickets still available we want to make sure the message gets out there that there is still a chance to see the world’s best athletes in the world’s best stadium," Championship Director Niels de Vos said.
“For those that missed out on the London 2012 Olympic or Paralympic Games this is really it, the best chance to see the stadium in that form once more and I cannot stress enough how amazing the action is going to be.”
Tickets for the IAAF World Championships London 2017 went on sale on 1 August 2016, resulting in an overwhelming demand through the ballot process with more than 1 million tickets requested – 200,000 of which were for Session 3, Saturday 5 August. By September 2016 486,000 tickets had been sold and over the past year a further 170k+ have been purchased for the biggest sporting event in the world in 2017.
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