MEMBERS of the public hoping to be at next year’s Commonwealth Games in Glasgow are snapping up the remaining tickets for the sporting spectacle.
With around 76,000 tickets for the event remaining as of this morning, organisers opened up the sale to everyone at 10am, regardless of whether they had previously applied for tickets.
Demand was high, with visitors to the official Glasgow 2014 website faced with a waiting screen with the message: “Sorry! We are currently processing a large number of requests, which means you have been placed in a queue.”
However, an hour after the tickets went on sale, the online queue lasted for only around ten minutes, in contrast to the hour-long waits reported during the initial application process.
The tickets are being sold on a first-come, first-served basis, with availability remaining for six events: badminton, boxing, lawn bowls, rugby sevens, squash and weightlifting.
Tickets were also available for the opening and closing ceremonies, taking place at Celtic Park and Hampden Stadium respectively.
As the latest sales window opened, some of the successful applicants took to social networking sites to express excitement about the Games.
Tunc wrote on Twitter: “Pretty sure I just got some more tickets for the Rugby 7s at @Glasgow2014 !!! Boom! #backingblue.”
Yesterday, officials revealed that they had already sold a “record” and “unprecedented” ratio of public tickets – some 92 per cent – describing the achievement as the equivalent of “shaving a second” off the 100 metres record.
In all, spectators have snapped up 854,614 tickets for the 11-day event so far. Some 766,510 requests were made for track and field sessions at Hampden, the equivalent of selling out the city’s new SECC Hydro arena every night for two months.
Cycling, too, proved a popular draw, with 364,107 applications, while swimming sessions at Tollcross International Swimming Centre – where Scotland’s Michael Jamieson is tipped to win gold – attracted 327,308 requests, meaning that organisers could have sold out the arena ten times over.