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Games for all: tickets for Glasgow 2014 to be priced from just £15

Ticket prices for the Commonwealth Games were revealed today with prices starting as low as just £15.

With tickets starting at £15, Glasgow 2014 organisers say it will be a 'games for all'
With tickets starting at £15, Glasgow 2014 organisers say it will be a 'games for all'

Organisers today announced the ticket price scale for 2014 spectacle promoting the idea of a ‘Games for Everyone’ strategy.

Two-thirds of the one million tickets for Glasgow 2014 will be priced at £25.

However some events will be at the higher end of the sliding scale.

The most expensive tickets, for important medal events in swimming, athletics, boxing and track cycling, will be £90.

There will also be a limited number of premium ringside seats for the boxing finals which will be priced at £120.

And, for the first time at a Commonwealth Games, children will be entitled to half-price tickets – alongside the over-60s.

At a launch event in the city today, attended by Olympic and Commonwealth athletes, organisers also revealed the Games Competition Schedule, which kicks off with 12 sports on ‘Day One’, including swimming and track cycling.

The first weekend is expected to be very busy with both rugby sevens and weightlifting events expected to attract peak audiences.

Organisers promised a simple and accessible ‘family-friendly’ ticketing process and pledged that at least 70% of tickets to all sporting events would be made available to the public.

The ticketing process will launched on August 19, with ticket applications being made online with debit and credit cards.

A postal application service will also be available.

Lord Smith of Kelvin, chairman of Glasgow 2014, said: “This isn’t just about selling a million tickets.

“It’s about making the Games accessible to all.

“This is a Games for everyone.”

Commonwealth and Olympic Scots athletes David Carry and Rhona Simpson backed the Ticketing Programme and joined Olympic, Commonwealth and World champion triple-jumper Jonathan Edwards today.

Three-time Olympian and double Commonwealth champion swimmer, David Carry, said: “Having packed stadia and enthusiastic crowds is what absolutely makes for an electric atmosphere at competition time – and that can really impact positively on performance.

“I know Scotland’s swimmers will enjoy the home advantage of a Scottish crowd shouting, screaming and supporting.

“I also know that Scottish supporters will make the Games a warm, welcoming and once-in-a-lifetime experience for all the athletes.

“It will be a really special time for them and for Glasgow.”

Sports fans will have the opportunity to apply for the tickets they want over a four week period when the ticketing process opens.

All applicants will have equal chance of securing tickets, and the high demand sessions – such as the 100m final – will be allocated by a computerised draw.

Some tickets have also been earmarked for special distribution to identified groups and communities with more details on this expected this summer.

Glasgow 2014 deputy chief executive, Ty Speer, said: “Our focus in developing a Ticketing Programme for Glasgow 2014 has been to make these the most family-friendly, accessible and inclusive Games we possibly can.

“That means having a simple, straightforward application process, a pricing structure which is accessible and methods of payment which do not exclude anyone.”

The top price paid for tickets for the men’s 100m final at London 2012 was £725, compared to £90 at Glasgow 2014.

Tickets for that race in London started at £50, with Glasgow starting at £20.

Where Glasgow has pledged 70% of their tickets will be £25 or less, only 25% of London tickets were priced at £20 of less.

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