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GC2018 ticket request phase closes with over 1.2 million requests

May 24, 2017 Sports No Comments Email Email

Over 1.2 million tickets requests were made by last night’s close of the first phase of ticket sales for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018).

The response has thrilled Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation (GOLDOC) Chairman Peter Beattie AC who said the initial response bodes well for large and enthusiastic crowds at the 4-15 April 2018event.

“The strongest demand has been for the Opening Ceremony and sports such as Artistic Gymnastics, Athletics, Netball, Swimming, Rugby Sevens and Track Cycling, but honestly every sport has had a great response,” Mr Beattie said.

“The next steps are to analyse the request data in preparation for the computer generated allocation of tickets for the oversubscribed events.

“That will occur over the coming weeks before the fair and equal draw is completed and people are advised of their allocations before the end of June.

“The process will then be the release of all remaining tickets in July for general sales, so there remains great opportunity for everyone to be a part of it and witness live this wonderful world sporting event.

“There are plenty of gold medal events in the next ticket phase, but remember all the great athletes have to qualify through the preliminaries so some of those sessions are worth considering also.

“I want to thank CEO Mark Peters and the GOLDOC team for delivering an exceptional outcome with what could be a complicated process.”

Commonwealth Games Minister Kate Jones said she is buoyed by the outcome of the ticket request phase, saying results like this are indicative of the fact that the Games will be an outstanding success.

“With ten months still to go, this early excitement sends a message to the world the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games will be the best ever,” she said.

“I urge all Queenslanders who didn’t request in this first phase to do so when general ticket sales open in July.

“We don’t want anyone to miss out on the once in this lifetime opportunity to see many of the world’s greatest athletes competing live on the Gold Coast and event cities in Brisbane, Cairns and Townsville.

“It’s also a great opportunity for Queenslanders to support our local sporting heroes.”

GOLDOC CEO Mark Peters said he is “absolutely elated” with the response.

“We look forward to further analysis of the data when the fair and equal draw can be completed over the coming weeks.  and subject to the ticket draw when analysis can be completed over the days and weeks,” Mr Peters said.

“It is certainly not the end of the road for people who are unsuccessful during the ticket request phase and there is plenty of opportunity to still be a part of these Commonwealth Games.

“GC2018 will be a festival of sport, arts and culture like no other and we now know the public is not only behind it, but already caught up in the excitement of this great event,” he said.

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