Preparations for the 2012 London Olympic Games are gathering pace as the countdown reaches another milestone with 50 days to go until the opening ceremony.
It has been revealed that the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) will release 43,000 contingency tickets for the opening and closing ceremonies on Friday as well as tickets for six sporting events.
Tickets for the ceremonies will start at £995 each.
Meanwhile to mark the 50 day countdown until the Games, London 2012 has published a list of 50 ways for people in the UK and around the world to join in with the Games.
The new list includes activities to organise with friends and family, London 2012 Festival events to attend and ways to get involved without leaving the comfort of your home.
LOCOG Chair Seb Coe said “By releasing this list, we want to demonstrate that whatever your interests, there is a way for you to be part of London 2012.
“We are urging the UK public to join in, and to keep their bunting and flags ready to mark what will be an unrivalled summer of sport, culture and celebration.”
The games, which will kick off in East London on July 27, will see 10,490 athletes arrive in the UK as they battle for medals in their 36 different types of sports.
VisitBritain hopes the Games will attract 4 million extra visitors to London, spending £2.3bn over the next four years.
Approximately 8.8 million people in 34 venues over 19 days are expected to watch the Games.
Meanwhile billions of people are expected to watch the Games around the world.
“The Olympics will have a global audience of billions.” explains Christopher Rodrigues, chairman of VisitBritain.
“We are working hard with international broadcasters from all our key source markets to make sure they capture all that is great about Britain and broadcast it around the world to inspire travel,” he added.
“Through our £125 million marketing campaign we will seek to create a real legacy for British tourism which will last for many years to come,” Rodrigues added.
The Olympic torch relay, bringing the flame lit in Greece to the stadium in Stratford, continues to make its journey across the UK, as it begins the Scottish leg of its journey on Thursday.
The torch is visiting each of the home nations of the United Kingdom, starting its journey in Cornwall on May 19 and passing through South West England and Wales before going across to Northern Ireland.