IAAF World C'ships London to witness record attendance

LONDON: The IAAF World Championships London 2017 has announced that more than 660,000 tickets have sold for the championships, which start exactly six days Saturday, meaning the 2017 edition is already set for the best ever attendance. 

The championships, which began in 1983, have completely sold out for the opening night at the London Stadium when Britain’s Mo Farah will bid for his third successive Gold in the 10,000 metres.

In addition, the opening weekend action will see more than a quarter of a million fans descend on the London Stadium for Friday, Saturday and Sunday's sessions, with the highlight set to be Jamaican Usain Bolt’s final major 100 metres race.

Tickets first went on sale 1 August 2016, resulting in an overwhelming demand through the ballot process with more than 1 million tickets requested, of which 200,000 were for Session 3, Saturday 5 August. By September 2016, 486,000 tickets fans had snapped up tickets and over the past year more than 170,000 more have been purchased for the biggest sporting event in the world in 2017.

Tickets back on sale 1 August

Tickets for all 14 sessions of the IAAF World Championships London 2017 will be back on sale on Tuesday 1 August, giving fans one final chance to see the most in-demand action just days before the the biggest ever edition of the championships begin.

In spite of the massive demand for tickets for the openng night and the evening sessions on Saturday and Sunday 5 and 6 August, a small batch of tickets across the entire championships will be made available.

With tickets back on sale, it marks the final opportunity to secure tickets to see Usain Bolt take to the blocks in the 100m for the last time during session 3 on 5 August, as well as Mo Farah's final race over 10,000m on an exciting opening night on 4 August.

Tickets will return to sale at 10:00am on Tuesday 1 August and will be available at https://tickets.london2017athletics.com/. 

The IAAF World Championships London 2017 is the biggest event to be staged at the London Stadium since the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games with 2,000 athletes from 200 nations set to compete across 14 sessions as well as among London’s most iconic landmarks for the marathons and race walks.