31st July 2016

The Race Is On As Summer Of World Athletics Tickets Go On Sale Today

01 August 2016


  • 1.5 million tickets go on sale for the World ParaAthletics Championships and IAAF World Championships London 2017.
  • The biggest sporting event of 2017 will see the world’s top athletes back at The Stadium, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, in London next summer.
  •  ‘The Race Is On’ campaign film aims to reignite public spirit as the nation race to The Stadium, overtaking some of Britain’s favourite athletes including Paula Radcliffe, Colin Jackson, Katarina Johnson-Thompson, Jonnie Peacock and David Weir.
  • Tickets on sale from 1 August – 29 August 2016 at http://tickets.london2017athletics.com/
  • 1.5 million tickets have gone on sale for the Summer of World Athletics – the World ParaAthletics Championships and the IAAF World Championships London 2017 – with applications opening today: https://tickets.london2017athletics.com/.


London 2017 is the biggest global sporting event to take place next summer and will bring together 3,300 world-class athletes from more than 200 countries, who will compete in 30 sessions across 20 jam-packed and action-fuelled days.

The general public ticket ballot opens for applications today at 10.00am and closes at 20.17pm on 29 August 2016. A million tickets cost £35 or less, with tickets for adults starting from just £20 for IAAF World Championships and £10 for World ParaAthletics Championships. Child tickets for all sessions cost under £10 across both Championships.

For the first time ever, there are athlete-themed ‘World Record’ ticket prices to reflect World Records set at previous IAAF World Championships. Tickets for one session at one price point will be available for: £12.91 (Colin Jackson’s 110m hurdles), £18.29 (Jonathan Edwards’ triple jump) and £52.74 (Sally Gunnell’s 400m hurdles). All children’s tickets will be priced at £9.58 (Usain Bolt’s 100m).

‘The Race Is On’ campaign for the biggest sporting event of 2017 is spearheaded by a 90 second film released this week and is set to galvanise the nation. Click here to view the film. Stills from the film are available here.  

Cherry Alexander,Championships Director of London 2017 said: “Tickets going on sale today marks a significant moment – it starts the journey for those who want to join us next year for an incredible summer of world athletics. We wanted to make the World ParaAthletics Championships and the IAAF World Championships London 2017 as accessible as possible and I think we have delivered this with the huge range of tickets available at some ground-breaking prices. I’d urge everyone not to miss out on next year’s biggest global sporting event by applying for tickets at tickets.london2017athletics.com.”

Xavier Gonzalez, Chief Executive Officer of the International Paralympic Committee, said: “Spectators can expect to see stunning performances by Para athletes as they return to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park once again. However this time they will be competing for coveted world titles, which is guaranteed to make them even more hungry for success. The anticipation is really building now and we are hugely excited by what is to come. If you miss it, with tickets starting at just £10, you will be missing out.”

IAAF President Sebastian Coe commented: “Having been delighted to attend the recent Anniversary Games which played out to superb two-day crowds in the Olympic Stadium, it’s clear that the British public have a huge appetite for world-class athletics. We want to recapture that same atmosphere next year at the IAAF World Championships 2017. The beginning of ticket sales today marks the start of the home straight for the championships and the public’s chance to watch the world’s best athletes over ten action-packed days".

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “It is fantastic that the world’s best athletes are coming to London next year in what will be an unforgettable summer of sport in the capital. London is open to visitors from around the globe and we look forward to welcoming them to the greatest city on earth to experience our world-class venues and to enjoy our amazing cultural activities.” 

World and European medallist Katarina Johnson-Thompson said: "I’ve had the chance to compete in The Stadium on several occasions and it amazes me how special the atmosphere is every time. You can’t underestimate the power of a great home crowd. The British public are so supportive and I hope they will once again come out in their thousands to support us and get to see the best athletes in the world competing next year. Ticket applications are only open until 29 August 2016, so please do go online and apply this month so you don’t miss out.”

Dave Weir, six-time Paralympic Gold medallist and six-time World Champion said: “The fact the World ParaAthletics Championships are happening in the same city in the same summer as the IAAF World Championships for first time ever shows just how far Paralympic sport has come. Once again, the general public can watch world-class athletes in action in one of the best stadiums in the world and at really accessible prices. Like other World Championships, the British team will turn up and put on fantastic performances for the public to witness – it would mean everything to us to have a full-house cheering us on.”

Anyone from the UK or around the world can access the ticketing website and apply for tickets direct with the Local Organising committee at http://tickets.london2017athletics.com.  This is the only source to purchase tickets at the present time. Do not buy from unofficial sources – be safe and secure by purchasing direct from London 2017.

London 2017 Ltd also recently announced that it had appointed Sports Travel and Hospitality (STH Live) as the exclusive provider of hospitality and VIP tickets for the World ParaAthletics Championships and the IAAF World Championships London 2017. STH Live will offer Hospitality and VIP tickets for both Championships and they will all feature the best Category A seats with Hospitality taking place pre- and post-event in function rooms located in The Stadium, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Anyone who would like to express an interest in Hospitality can sign up here: http://www.london2017athletics.com/register-hospitality