Glasgow 2014 organisers have revealed that over 2.3 million requests were received for up to one million Commonwealth Games tickets as sports fans hope to book their place at Scotland’s biggest ever multi-sport event next summer.
Organisers revealed the figure shortly after the four-week window closed on Monday night and thanked members of the public for their response and interest in attending the 17 sports on offer across 11 days of elite competition.
The ticketing campaign was led by Olympic and Commonwealth medalists and Glasgow 2014 ambassadors Sir Chris Hoy, Jessica Ennis-Hill, Tom Daley, Nicola Adams and Michael Jamieson.
Former athletes Susan Egelstaff and David Carry also lent their support to the campaign as part of a two-week school tour with Clyde the Official Glasgow 2014 Mascot.
Glasgow 2014 will now begin the process of reviewing the applications, with a fair and simple draw being used to select successful applicants where the number of ticket substantially requests exceeds the number of tickets available. This includes Diving, Swimming, Athletics, Mountain Biking, Track Cycling, Artistic Gymnastics, Judo, Shooting and Triathlon events.
Those whose applications are successful will be notified between 30th September and 7th October, before payment is taken.
Ty Speer, deputy chief executive of Glasgow 2014, said: ‘The first medal of Glasgow 2014 should go to members of the public for their fantastic support for the 4,500 athletes who will be coming here to compete. There has been incredible demand for tickets and early indications suggest that Glasgow 2014 is shaping up to be a truly historic occasion. There has been a lot of competition for tickets and some sports have been heavily oversubscribed.’
‘We would like to thank everyone for their support and their interest in buying tickets and we will now begin the process of working through the applications. The system has worked well and has coped with the sometimes extremely high demand and we would like to thank our official ticketing services provider Ticketmaster for ensuring the process ran smoothly.’
‘We look forward to getting in touch with people at the end of the month with news of their application.’