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2.3m bids for Commonwealth tickets

More than 2.3 million tickets have been requested in the first phase of applications for next year's Commonwealth Games.

Only around a million tickets were available when the process opened on August 19 and as the deadline passed at 6pm on Monday organisers said a number of high-profile sports are heavily oversubscribed.

Staff will review the applications and ballots will take place to decide who gets tickets to the most popular sports, which include diving, swimming, athletics, cycling, gymnastics and judo.

Applicants will hear if they have been successful in the first week of October, while unsold tickets will be offered again in a general sale later this year. Glasgow 2014 thanked the public for their response which they said makes the Commonwealth Games one of the most popular events in Scotland's history.

High-profile athletes including Jessica Ennis-Hill, Michael Jamieson and retired cyclist Sir Chris Hoy had encouraged sports fans to buy tickets throughout the application process.Two-thirds of tickets are priced at £25 or less, but tickets for the opening ceremony cost up to £250, and the men's 100m final, which could feature Usain Bolt, is between £15 and £90.

Ty Speer, deputy chief executive of Glasgow 2014, said: "The first medal of Glasgow 2014 should go to members of the public for their fantastic support for the 4,500 athletes who will be coming here to compete.

"There has been incredible demand for tickets and early indications suggest that Glasgow 2014 is shaping up to be a truly historic occasion. There has been a lot of competition for tickets and some sports have been heavily oversubscribed.

"We would like to thank everyone for their support and their interest in buying tickets and we will now begin the process of working through the applications. The system has worked well and has coped with the sometimes extremely high demand and we would like to thank our official ticketing services provider Ticketmaster for ensuring the process ran smoothly.

"We look forward to getting in touch with people at the end of the month with news of their application."

The Games begin on July 23 and will see 4,500 athletes from the 71 nations and territories of the Commonwealth compete for gold in 17 sports.


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