Like previous editions of the Games, Birmingham 2022 is running a ballot to apply for tickets, which is the fairest way of giving everyone a chance to be at the Games. The ballot is open now and will close at 8pm on 30 September 2021.
What is a ticket ballot?
When there is high demand, a ballot is the fairest way to allocate tickets. Applications are made and our system allocates tickets at random.
The ballot provides everyone with a chance to apply for tickets over several weeks, so there’s no rush. In fact, it doesn’t make a difference when you apply – it can be on the first day the ballot opens or on the day the ballot is closing – you still have the same chance of securing tickets.
In the ballot, you might get all of the tickets you apply for, you might get some of them or you might not get any at all. But don’t worry, there will be other ways to purchase tickets closer to the Games.
How to Apply
Applying for tickets in the ballot is simple – here’s how:
Plan Your Games
The nature of the ballot means it isn’t ‘first come, first served’, so take your time to plan what tickets you want to apply for before you start.
Each day is broken down into ‘sessions’. Some sessions include finals where medal winners will be decided, and some will include medal ceremonies. Each ticket will provide access to one of the sessions that you applied for. To give everyone a chance to be at the Games, sessions have ticket limits of 4, 8, or 10 tickets per application, and different ticket pricing – so consider your budget before applying.
Your Ticket Account
To apply for tickets, you first need to create an online ticketing account.
Even if you’ve already registered your interest in the Games or signed up to be a volunteer, you’ll still need to create a separate account to apply for tickets. It’s fine to use the same email address.
If you’ve already applied for tickets in the West Midlands ticket ballot and wish to apply again, you can use the same ticket account.
▶ Visit the ticketing site now to create your account.
Applying for Tickets
Log in to select the sessions you are applying for, and choose the price category and quantity of tickets you would like.
There are up to five ‘price categories’ for each session. Category A will be in the best location, closest to the action. Lower price categories are further away from the action, but all categories offer a great Games experience. A ‘General Admission’ ticket means the holder can sit in any available seat in that session’s designated area.
It’s also important to remember that:
- There is a maximum of one application per household.
- You must be 18 or over to apply for tickets.
- Billing address of the payment card provided must be the same as the Ticket Purchaser’s delivery address.
If you change your mind, you can withdraw the application and submit a new one. Just make sure you’ve submitted one you’re happy with before the closing date.
▶ Log in to your account to submit your application.
The ballot closes on 30 September, and within 30 days you’ll find out whether you have secured tickets. If you have, payment will be taken in full within 72 hours.
You might get tickets to all, some, or none of the sessions you applied for. If successful in a given session, you’ll secure all the tickets you requested. For example, if you ask for four tickets to a session, you will not be offered one, two or three tickets instead.
It’s not a lucky dip – for example, if you requested tickets for netball you won’t be given tickets for table tennis.
When applying, please ensure you have sufficient funds to cover the total cost of your ticket request and your payment card hasn’t expired.
Maximise your Chances:
Make the most of the ballot
The nature of the ballot means you’re more likely to get tickets to sessions with lower demand. Here are some things to consider when choosing sessions and applying:
- In the ticketing site, each session has a useful indicator that shows either ‘High In Demand’ or ‘Availability’.
- Sessions which include the earlier rounds and heats are likely to have greater availability than medal sessions – and you can also apply for more tickets. For some sessions you can apply for as many as 8 or 10 tickets.
- The bigger the venue, the more tickets there are. Larger capacity venues like Alexander Stadium, Edgbaston Stadium, Coventry Stadium and Arena Birmingham will offer a greater chance of success in the ballot as there are more tickets available.
- If you’re applying for ceremony tickets, consider the Closing Ceremony – the Opening Ceremony is always very popular and tickets will be in high demand but the Closing Ceremony will also be a party to remember, with athletes and spectators celebrating the end of the Games in spectacular style.