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17,000 Games tickets left but 'stadiums will be full'

AT LEAST 17,000 Commonwealth Games tickets have still to be sold, with many events including athletics, boxing, hockey, rugby and the opening ceremony showing high availability.

David Grevemberg chief executive of Glasgow 2014 with Games mascot Clyde and members of the Scottish Thistles netball team helps launch ticket sales at Scotstoun in MayPhotograph: Martin Shields
David Grevemberg chief executive of Glasgow 2014 with Games mascot Clyde and members of the Scottish Thistles netball team helps launch ticket sales at Scotstoun in MayPhotograph: Martin Shields

The initial application window for tickets last year left many fans disappointed, with 2.3 million applications for around a million tickets.

When 100,000 extra tickets went on sale in May, the booking system was thrown into chaos due to the demand and it took days to sort out.

But with just 17 days to go until the Games get under way, a total of 34 sessions were yesterday still showing "high availability" for tickets on the official Glasgow 2014 website - meaning more than 500 seats are available per session. Many sessions also have lower-priced tickets still on offer.

These include the Rugby Sevens competition at Ibrox Stadium, with tickets costing from £15 upwards available for morning and evening sessions on Saturday, July 26, and the morning of Sunday, July 27.

Para-sport powerlifting for disabled athletes has high availability for three contests on Saturday, August 2, at the SECC, with all tickets £15.

Tickets are also widely available for various sessions of the men's and women's boxing competitions from Friday, July 25, to Saturday, August 2, with the cheapest £15.

The athletics track and field competitions have high availability for three sessions - including the morning of Monday, July 28, which will feature the men's para-sport discus final, the first round of the men's 400m and the 100m in the Men's Decathlon, with tickets ranging from £20 to £60.

Plenty of tickets are also available for the morning of Tuesday, July 29, which has qualifiers for men's long jump, hurdles and the women's parasport 1500m, and for the morning of Wednesday, July 30, which has the men's 200m round one, the men's 400m semi-finals and the women's 400m hurdles round one. Prices range from £15 to £40 for both of these sessions.

Badminton has high availability for seven sessions taking place from Sunday, July 27, to Thursday, July 31, at the Emirates Arena, with tickets starting from £15.

Lawn bowls at Kelvingrove, also has £15 tickets on sale for five sessions from Monday 28 to Wednesday, July 30.

Hockey has tickets priced at £15, £20 and £25 for the afternoon of Thursday, July 24, when the women's preliminaries will see South Africa versus Trinidad and Tobago and India versus Canada.

The Opening Ceremony, which takes place at Celtic Park on Wednesday, July 23, is also showing high availability. There are tickets with a restricted view available for £20, but the price then jumps to £120, £180 and £250.

Limited tickets are also available for other sports including rhythmic gymnastics, judo and netball, as well as the closing ceremony at Hampden Park on Sunday, August 3, - with only diving, swimming, mountain bike, track cycling and artistic gymnastics showing no availability at all.

Organisers say additional tickets were made available after final confirmation of bookings from tour groups, participating nations, sponsors and hospitality clients.

They have insisted there is no concern about empty seats, but declined to give exact numbers of tickets still available, saying the figure could change.

A spokesman for Glasgow 2014 said: "All the tickets currently available are in addition to the million-plus tickets already sold.

"We are committed to achieving packed stadia throughout the Games programme and committed to making the largest sporting event in Scotland's history affordable and available to as many people as possible."

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