Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games disruption warning

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BUSINESSES across Glasgow have been warned to prepare for disruption as part of a wider push to fully cash-in on the economic benefits of next summer’s Commonwealth Games.

With tickets on sale from the start of this week, Glasgow 2014 chief executive David Grevemberg said organisers will begin to get a feel for how the attending crowds are likely to move through the city.

He said business owners need to be aware of the peaks and troughs in footfall and be prepared to take advantage of them.

“Get ready for the disruption, because there will be some disruption,” Grevemberg told an audience from the Glasgow Chamber of Commerce.

One million tickets are available for the Commonwealth Games, which begin on 23 July and will last for 11 days. Grevemberg particularly highlighted the so-called “Super Saturday” of 26 July, when it is thought that as many as 200,000 people will descend on the city centre.

To help businesses prepare, organisers will be launching a “Get Ready Glasgow” website in the coming weeks, including advice on branding and how to engage with event spaces.

“We need to ensure Glasgow 2014 is a launch pad, and not a landing strip,” Grevemberg said.

Thousands of people submitted applications when tickets went on sale on Monday, with an hour-long wait to apply.