London's Olympics: Then... and now

03 August 2012

We're done a little Olympic comparison...

London 1948

  • Standing ticket to watch athletics: 17.5p
  • Number of TV viewers: 500,000
  • (64 hours of programming)
  • Number of countries competing: 59
  • Total organising budget: £750,000
  • Time to prepare: 18 months
  • Gold medals: 3

London 2012

  • Standing ticket to watch athletics: £202
  • Number of TV viewers: Viewing figures peaked at 26.9 million
  • (5,000 hours of programming)
  • Number of countries competing: 216
  • Total organising budget: £11 billion approx
  • Time to prepare: 7 years
  • Gold medals: we’ll have to wait and see

A number of McCarthy & Stone staff have been lucky enough to get their hands on Olympic tickets that cover a wide range of sports. They have all been busy snapping away so we’ve created our own McCarthy & Stone Olympic photo gallery on Facebook.



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