Thousands of elite Commonwealth athletes competing for gold and glory next year will do so in packed stadia across Glasgow and Scotland, Games organisers can reveal today (Monday, November 4).
First details of the unprecedented levels of demand for the Glasgow 2014 Ticketing Programme to date were unveiled at a special event held on the stage of the iconic Clyde Auditorium, the venue for the Games’ Weightlifting and Powerlifting events.
Preliminary research also reveals that 57% of tickets were sold in Scotland (22% within Greater Glasgow), with a further 40% going to Home Nations sports fans. A further 3% were sold outside the UK to non-Commonwealth nations. Tickets to Commonwealth nations are from an additional pot, sold through the Commonwealth Games Associations themselves, which means the overall numbers of international visitors will rise.
However, even at this stage, ticket sales indicate the Games will deliver a significant boost to tourism in 2014 – the year Scotland welcomes the world. Only last week, Lonely Planet put Scotland in the top three places to visit next year, thanks to its jam-packed schedule of world-class events. The Commonwealth Games is the biggest of those events, helping to ensure that Scotland is the place to be.
Such impressive levels of early demand for tickets are unprecedented in Commonwealth Games history.
However, for those who still want to be part of the UK’s next big sporting event there are still great opportunities to experience live sport in Glasgow next summer.
All remaining tickets are available for general public sale from 10am tomorrow (November 5). There will be 76,000 tickets available for purchase on a first-come, first-served basis. There’s a range of six sports to choose from – Badminton, Boxing, Lawn Bowls, Rugby Sevens, Squash and Weightlifting - with more than 50% of all remaining tickets priced at £15 for adults and £7.50 for under 16s and over 60s. There are also a limited number of tickets available for the Opening and Closing Ceremonies.
Tickets will be sold online via the Glasgow 2014 Ticketing website tickets.glasgow2014.com or via the Glasgow 2014 Ticket Hotline 0844 826 2014 (Option 1), open 24 hours a day. Calls cost 5p per minute from a BT landline. Other networks may vary.
Commenting on the Ticketing Programme, Glasgow 2014 Chief Executive David Grevemberg said:
“The demand for Glasgow 2014 tickets has been simply incredible and we want to thank everyone for their massive response to our invitation to be part of making Glasgow 2014 a great moment in sporting history. Already Glasgow 2014 can show it will deliver great home crowds and an impactful boost to tourism as we welcome hundreds of thousands of visitors to Glasgow in the year Scotland welcomes the world.
“We are really proud of meeting the ambitions of making the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games accessible, affordable and available to as many people as possible.
“What a fantastic position to be in this far out from the Games. What a fantastic fanfare for athletes across the Commonwealth setting their goals for Glasgow. I want to once again say a huge thank you to everyone, and particularly the home support here in Scotland, for helping ensure the success of this event and for such an amazing response. “