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Glasgow 2014 to launch phased release with tickets for team sports and the ceremonies

The phased release will see tickets for all the great team sports of Hockey, Netball and Rugby Sevens on sale from Wednesday at 10.00 as well as available tickets for both the Opening and Closing Ceremonies.

Tickets for the next batch of sports will be available on Thursday and by Friday all remaining sports will be back on public sale.

From Thursday at 10.00 tickets for Athletics and the Racquet Sports of Badminton, Squash and Table Tennis will go on public sale through the ticketing website and freephone hotline.  Any unsold tickets from the previous day will also remain on sale.

Finally, from Friday at 10.00, the Power, Precision and Combat sports of Weightlifting, Para-sport Powerlifting, Lawn Bowls, Rhythmic Gymnastics, Shooting, Boxing, Judo and Wrestling will complete the phased on-sale.

Tickets for Glasgow 2014 start at just £15 for adults and £7.50 for under 16s and over 60s. There are more than 50,000 tickets available across a wide range of sports and the ceremonies. The onsale phasing programme is as follows:

Wednesday 21 at 10.00: Team Sports and Ceremonies

  • Hockey
  • Netball
  • Rugby Sevens
  • Opening and Closing Ceremonies

Thursday 22 at 10.00: Athletics and Racquet Sports

  • Athletics
  • Badminton
  • Squash
  • Table Tennis

Friday 23: at 10.00 Power, Precision and Combat

  • Boxing
  • Gymnastics (Rhythmic)
  • Judo
  • Lawn Bowls
  • Shooting
  • Weightlifting
  • Wrestling

There are currently no tickets available for Aquatics (Diving), Aquatics (Swimming), Cycling (Mountain Bike), Cycling (Track), Gymnastics (Artistic) and Triathlon.

With tickets available for events taking place across every day of the Games, a feast of world-class sporting action, and the chance to experience Opening and Closing Ceremonies which will be beamed to a TV audience of more than a billion across the globe, there are still many fantastic opportunities to be part of the UK’s next big sporting and cultural festival.

Following last Tuesday’s decision to suspend the Ticketing sales platform, Glasgow 2014’s Official Ticketing Agent, Ticketmaster has undertaken an extensive programme of investigating and testing the performance issues experienced by some customers. With a continued focus on offering a positive experience for sports fans, the re-release of tickets offers:

  • A phased approach, to help manage demand on the website, releasing groups of sports and ceremonies over a three-day period
  • Free postage (previously £4.50 for UK addresses) on all new orders
  • A Freephone number for all calls to the Glasgow 2014 Ticketing Hotline

Glasgow 2014 Chief Executive, David Grevemberg said:

“From Wednesday our goal is to ensure everyone who wants to be part of one of the world’s great sporting parties can secure tickets to do so. Given the enthusiastic demand we’ve experienced so far and even with a phased approach helping to manage that demand, it’s still likely the website and phonelines will be busy at peak times and customers may need to queue, so in advance we thank everyone for their patience.

“There are still thousands of terrific opportunities to join in, be part of the live Ceremonies experience and  see great Commonwealth athletes compete in Glasgow and Scotland across 14 different sports and 11 days.

“From Wedneday we will be in the business of ensuring remaining tickets are sold and that thousands more people can begin to look forward to experiencing the excitement of the Games.”

Chris Edmonds, Chairman Ticketmaster UK said:

“”We were deeply disappointed by, and would like to apologise again for, the challenges experienced by many customers last week, during the launch of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games general ticket sale.

“We have been working tirelessly to ensure that we have checked, tested and tested again every component of the technical infrastructure supporting the ticketing website.  We are confident that all customers will have a much improved customer experience this time around.

“We are still expecting to witness very high levels of demand on the site on each day this week, so would ask all customers to be patient, if they find themselves queuing. Our advice to everyone would be to refrain from refreshing their screens or opening multiple browsers.

“Our number one objective is to sell as many tickets as we can, to help deliver what will undoubtedly be a successful and unforgettable Commonwealth Games.”

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