Sales defy wildest dreams

Cycling at the Velodrome is a big draw.
Cycling at the Velodrome is a big draw.

SOUTHSIDERS rushed to get their hands on the last Glasgow 2014 tickets after the remaining 76,000 were released on Tuesday.

According to games organisers, sales show demand for the event is higher than any Commonwealth games in history.

A total of 22% of the 854,614 tickets sold before Tuesday went to Glasweigans.

During the initial four-week window, there were 2.3 million requests for one million tickets then available.

Many of the sports were oversubscribed, with more than 100,000 applications made for the 100m men’s final at Hampden Park. Track cycling, diving and artistic gymnastics were also in high demand.

Among the events which remain on sale are the opening and closing ceremonies, as well as badminton, boxing, lawn bowls, rugby sevens, weightlifting and squash.

Glasgow 2014 Chief Executive David Grevemberg said: “Already Glasgow 2014 can show it will deliver great home crowds and an impactful boost to tourism as we welcome hundreds of thousands of visitors to Glasgow in the year Scotland welcomes the world.

“We are really proud of meeting the ambitions of making the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games accessible, affordable and available to as many people as possible”.

Michael Borthwick, a 23-year-old accountant from Dumbreck managed to get his hands on both rugby sevens and cycling tickets.

He told The Extra: “Hopefully I will manage to beg, borrow and steal a few more off friends and be able to see as many events as possible”.

Tickets are available online or from 0844 826 2014 .