Tickets for the 2012 London Olympics are now on sale - but there are some things you should know before you starting splashing the cash on any of the 6.6 million tickets available.
Our top 10 tips:
1. There is no need to rush - While the tickets have just gone on sale, you can actually apply for tickets until April 26. The tickets are NOT on sale on a first come, first served basis; rather a ballot will be held if a certain event is oversubscribed, so there is no statistical advantage to buying tickets early.
2. Try not to limit yourself to the cheapest tickets - There are 2.5 million tickets priced at £20 or less but, by and large, these are for the preliminary rounds so you won't be seeing gold medals won and lost which is where the real drama lies. If £20 is really all you can afford then Trampoline, BMX and the marathon have final tickets available for £20.
3. Take the kids and your grandparents - There are special prices for young people and seniors across all Olympic sports. People who are 16 years old or younger (at 27 July 2012) will pay their age for a ticket. Seniors aged 60 and over (at 27 July 2012) will pay £16. These 'pay your age' ticket prices and senior ticket prices are available in more than 200 sessions.
4. If you have no money, you can still watch the Olympics - The road cycling race and individual time trial at Hampton Court are both unticketed - although you'll need to pay up to £60 for a seat at the finish line for the road race. You'll also be able to head to Lord's, where cricket makes way for archery for the Olympics. The ranking rounds on 27 July are free.
5. Don't try and tout your tickets - You might think that you can earn a quick buck by buying Olympic tickets and selling them on the black market, but be warned - those caught face a massive fine of up to £20,000. If you can't go to your chosen event, don't worry: you will be able to put your tickets up on an official online ticket exchange.
6. You can watch the Olympics without coming to London - The earlier stages of the Olympic football competition will be played in stadiums around the country: Coventry, Glasgow, Cardiff, Manchester and Newcastle will all host matches.
7. Don't panic about getting tickets if you don't live in the UK - If you live in the European Union you go through exactly the same ticket process as those in the UK. If you live further afield, you can still get tickets from your national Olympic association, with one million tickets reserved for this purpose.
8. Avoid the opening ceremony - Sure, it will have some spectacular moments - but the bulk of it consists of teams walking around the stadium. However, it is the prices that really make it a pass: if you can't get one of the very limited number of tickets set at £20.12, the next-cheapest are £150 with the band after that coming in at an astonishing £995. The remaining tickets cost £1,600 and £2,012.
9. Forget about paying with your MasterCard/Diners Club/American Express card - The Olympics have a special sponsorship deal with Visa so if you want to pay by card you will have to have a Visa debit or credit card. If you don't have a Visa, and don't want one, then you will have to pay by cheque or postal order.
10. You don't need the internet to buy tickets - The vast majority of tickets will be purchased on the official London 2012 website - www.tickets.london2012.com - but do not fear if you are not tech savvy: the official ticketing guide includes a paper application form which can be collected from branches of Lloyds TSB (or Bank of Scotland, in Scotland only) and the local library in Northern Ireland between March 15 and April 25, 2011. Payment can be by Visa card or by cheque or postal order.