Anxious wait for Commonwealth Games tickets

Bearsden Festival.'Bearsden Primary. Commonwealth mascot Clyde visits'Pic by Alan Murray  15-09-13
Bearsden Festival.'Bearsden Primary. Commonwealth mascot Clyde visits'Pic by Alan Murray 15-09-13

With tickets for the Commonwealth Games now oversubscribed, there will be an anxious two week wait to find out who will be lucky.

Over 2.3 million requests have been received for up to one million tickets with sports like diving and swimming showing strong demand.

Liz Paul from The Milngavie and Bearsden Swimming club said it was just a case of crossing your fingers and hoping for the best.

She said: “I have applied for tickets for my daughter Catherine and her cousin, but we will just have to wait and keep our fingers crossed.

“My husband is also wanting to go as he is a keen cyclist, but we will not know until October 7.”

And she added: “I’m not sure if the club has applied for tickets as a club , but if they have it would be a shame not to get them, what with the background of ex-club member and former Olympian Alison Sheppherd.”

And former club member Joan McFadden, who has also applied for tickets for her 14-year-old daughter, to see London Olympic bronze medalist Tom Daley compete.

She said: “It is amazing how Tom Daley has boosted the interest in diving. He is such a good role model for young athletes.”

On-line applications closed on Monday (September 16) after four weeks with many of the 17 sports being oversubscribed for the 11 days of elite competition.

The hugely successful 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 and captured the imagination of fans who responded in numbers to apply for tickets across the board.

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. Those whose applications are successful will be notified between 30 September and 7 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.”