In a farcical development which will infuriate ticketless Britons, the recession-hit country has been left with stacks of unwanted tickets – even for the opening and closing ceremonies and men’s 100 metres final.
The Spanish Olympic Committee initially offered the tickets through the Fnac music and books store chain but, after several months, only a handful had been sold.
Some stores had not got rid of a single one. From today, all EU residents will be able to purchase these top-flight tickets from the Spanish-language website.
They will be sold through the controversial Viagogo website, although some ticket hunters claim the unwanted allocation should be returned to the Olympics organising committee Locog to sell on to British spectators.
An investigation by the Daily Mail in January found that only a few dozen tickets had been sold by Spain since they went on sale in December at 20 Fnac stores.
To buy surplus Spanish tickets, visit the website for the Comite Olimpico Espanol at http://coe.ticketpa.com/