Organisers suspend sale of Games tickets

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TICKETS FOR the Commonwealth Games will be available again tomorrow after unprecedented demand led to organisers having to suspend sales.

Tickets for team sports and ceremonies will be the first available when a “phased approach” is adopted to manage demand on the website after it was hit by problems at the initial launch last week.

An extra 100,000 tickets for the Games in Glasgow went on sale last Monday but problems started almost immediately, with complaints about long delays and issues with finalising transactions. Sales were temporarily suspended in the early hours of Tuesday but after a second day of problems, Glasgow 2014 suspended all sales until the issues could be fully resolved.

Tickets will go back on sale over three days from 10am tomorrow after extensive investigations and tests by Ticketmaster, Glasgow 2014’s official ticketing agent.

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.”

Places for hockey, netball, rugby sevens and the opening and closing ceremonies will be available tomorrow. Tickets for the next batch of sports will be available on Thursday and by Friday all remaining sports will be back on sale.

About 2.3 million applications were made for the initial one million tickets released last year, with athletics, aquatics and cycling proving the most popular events.