Up to one million tickets for the UK’s next big sporting celebration will go on sale from 10am today as the starting pistol is fired for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.
Marking the 10am launch with a splash in every sense, Commonwealth and Olympic swimming star, and just-announced Glasgow 2014 ambassador, Michael Jamieson will dive into the newly re-furbished Tollcross International Swimming Centre for the first time - the pool where he hopes to win one of Team Scotland’s first Golds of next summer on the first night of competition.
For Glaswegian Michael the pool holds special memories as it’s where he trained as a youngster and today he will share the historic moment with young swimmers from Glasgow School of Sport, who all hope to be swimming champions of the future.
Next summer will see 4,500 athletes from 71 nations and territories of the Commonwealth compete for gold and glory in Glasgow. Within the Glasgow 2014 Ticketing Programme there’s something for everyone, across 17 sports and 11 days of competition, with family-friendly pricing and a simple application process. The four-week ticketing phase is open from today until 16 September offering fans the opportunity to experience the action and thrills of the Games with two-thirds of tickets priced at £25 or less.
Ticket applications can be made from 10am on glasgow2014.com/tickets or via postal applications forms distributed nationwide with the Official Ticketing Guide. It makes no difference whether fans apply on the first day, last day or in between, but all applications must be received by 6pm on 16 September.
Everyone will have the same opportunity to apply for the tickets they want over the four week period. It’s a brilliant opportunity to experience world-class competition in all the sports you already love and experience new thrills of elite athletes going for Gold in sports you’ve never seen live or at that level before. It makes no difference whether you apply on the first day, last day or in between – so take time to explore the sports programme and plan your application with your family and friends.
Access to sporting events will start from just £15 for adults. Half-price concessions will also be available for under 16s - a Commonwealth Games first - and the over-60s.
The price of a ticket also includes access to public transport in the local area on the day of your event.
As part of the simple and accessible ticketing process at least 70% of all tickets to all sporting events will be available to the public, and a number of different payment methods can be used.
Glasgow 2014 Chairman, Lord Smith of Kelvin, said: “Glasgow 2014 in every sense is a Games for everyone and a fantastic opportunity to experience world-class sport up close in one of the world’s great sporting cities. We look forward to welcoming elite athletes from across the Commonwealth and the best welcome we can give them are stadia packed with supporters cheering them on.
Now is your chance to be part of this friendly force of fans for what I hope will be a great moment for sport, for Glasgow and Scotland.
This is your opportunity to make sure you are part of the experience, part of the action and enjoy all the thrills and spills which Glasgow 2014 will have on offer. We want as many people as possible to be able to enjoy live sport and really make these Games the best they can be.”