2012 Paralympic Games ticket applications went on sale today at tickets.london2012.com. Here’s everything you need to know.
What are the dates of the Paralympic Games?
Aug 29 to Sept 9 2012, just over two weeks after the Olympics.
When do ticket sales close?
Ticket applications go on sale at 9am today and close at 6pm on 26 September. Allocations are not first-come, first-served and over-subscribed sessions will be allocated via a ballot.
There are 1.5 million tickets on sale in phase one.
How much do tickets cost?
75% of Paralympics tickets are priced at £20 or under and 50% at £10 or under.
How many events will feature in the Paralympic Games?
The will be the biggest yet, featuring around 4,200 athletes from 150 countries. There will be 20 sports and 312 sessions.
Which sports should I watch?
Goalball – Similar to handball, goalball is played by visually-impaired athletes. The ball is marked with a bell.
Boccia – A type of bowls for athletes with extreme cerebral palsy. It has the atmosphere of a library and ripples of applause around the gallery.
Wheelchair rugby – Played by quadriplegics. The high incident of collisions has led to this being dubbed ‘murderball’.
Partially sighted football – An off-field guide assists teams and the ball contains a noise-making device.
'Blade Runner' Oscar Pistorius will compete in both the Olympics and Paralympics in 2012. The South African athlete will become the first amputee sprinter to compete at an Olympics.
Pistorius, a double-leg amputee, who runs with two carbon fibre blades, already has three Paralympic gold medals and hopes to add an Olympic medal to his collection next summer.
What are the Paralympic categories?
Amputee, cerebral palsy, intellectual disability, wheelchair, visually-impaired and les autres, which includes dwarfism. Each sport classifies athletes depending on level of impairment.
Will the tickets sell out?
In previous years, the Paralympic Games have not sold well. However, this year it is hoped things will be different.
London 2012 chairman Lord Coe said: "People will have the chance to see sport like never before, with world-class athletes who challenge the notion of 'disability'; it's a huge opportunity for Paralympic sport to become part of the nation's consciousness."
Buy your Paralympics tickets here: tickets.london2012.com