Empty bottles, small bags: Top tips for ticket holders at Olympics

Wed Jun 27, 2012 4:40pm EDT
 
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By Alan Baldwin

LONDON (Reuters) - Leave your bags at home if you have tickets to an Olympic soccer match but take an empty plastic bottle with you wherever the venue. Do not even think about a picnic hamper.

With a month to go to the opening ceremony, on July 27, London 2012 organizers issued a list on Wednesday of "Five Top Tips" for ticket holders heading for the Games, some more directed at foreign visitors than the home crowd.

Number one, in a country famed for its inhabitants' willingness to form an orderly queue with an air of weather-beaten resignation, is "Be prepared for security checks when you arrive."

This, the visitor is warned, will be like taking an international flight at an airport. There will be queues, so get there early and do not forget the tickets. They cannot be printed out online when you get there.

Organizers suggest checking the website www.london2012.com for recommended arrival times.

The second tip, for regulars of budget airlines, will also be a familiar one: "Bring as little as possible with you."

This is because the more you bring, the more time security will spend rifling through your possessions.

One small soft-sided rucksack or handbag will be allowed per person, which must fit under the seat that, all being well, you will soon occupy.   Continued...

 
The Olympic Rings are seen hanging from Tower Bridge after being lowered into position for display from the walkways in central London, June 27, 2012. REUTERS/Andrew Winning