Today I applied for Olympic tickets. The applications close at the end of today, British time. The way it works is that you apply for whatever events you want, and say how much you’re willing to pay. There are five price bands; the higher the band you go for, the more chance you have of getting tickets. But everyone has some sort of a chance. It’s a lottery!
Now, you might not have any money in the world or you might hate sport. If you’re not in those categories though, I would encourage you to at least apply for one tiny little event.
It’s quite easy to be cynical about the Olympics because (a) its organisation is rife with corruption; (b) we are collectively paying for it, especially if ‘we’ live in London; (c) a lot of the sports are pretty small fry; (d) you can be cynical about anything if you try hard enough.
BUT the thing is, the Olympics will only occur once in our country in your entire lifetime, unless you are one of these people who live long enough to get on the news. Even if you are not a big sports fan, it is therefore to be treated as – at the very least – quite a curiosity, like a total eclipse or (say) a royal wedding or something. It will be one of the events which our generation remembers. Your kids/grandkids/some random kids you meet in 2050 for some reason will be at least vaguely interested in it. So it is worth trying to engage with it in some way.
Also, even if you feel that it’s a stupid waste of money – which is a separate conversation – it’s kind of too late to stop it. It is happening, the money will get spent. So we kind of have to embrace it or spend the summer of 2012 being pissed off. I vote we just embrace it. Nearer the time I will be devoting aspects of the blog to it, naturally. But for now: yep. Get on board. That’s my verdict. It’s too late to stop them building a lot of the motorways that scar our countryside, too, so what are you going to do? Not drive on them?
If you DO like sport, you don’t need persuading of this. But many of you don’t. So I guess my message is: this isn’t just about sport, like the World Cup for example. It is a huge cultural and historic happening. Maybe you can at least watch the table tennis or something. And anyway there are things like sailing and cycling and so on which appeal to people who wouldn’t normally count themselves as out-and-out ‘sporty’. So go to something. Or, I don’t know, just tune in to the Opening Ceremony. Or at least try not to shoot anyone who comes over for it. Thanks.
Of course, having said all this, if you do apply for tickets and get them ahead of me, I hate you.