Success For 2014 Tickets Resale

Day one of the Commonwealth Games ticket re-release seems to have been a success.

Organisers say sales have been going well on its ticketing website which reopened after problems forced organisers to suspend it last week.

The site opened at 10am, including places for ceremonies and team sport events.

Tickets are being released in a three-day phased approach to manage demand on the dedicated website and phone line.

Problems emerged almost immediately after the final 100,000 tickets for Glasgow 2014 went on sale on Monday last week, with numerous complaints about long delays and issues with finalising transactions.

Sales were temporarily suspended in the early hours of Tuesday morning but, after a second day of problems, Glasgow 2014 suspended all sales until the issues could be fully resolved by Ticketmaster, which is handling the sales.

Last week it emerged that some fans who called the dedicated phone line were charged while listening to an engaged tone, with some customers running up bills of more than £100.

The phone line being used now it a free number and all purchases are being posted free of charge, removing a previous £4.50 charge.

Glasgow 2014 chief executive David Grevemberg said that the system had been tested and retested ahead of the start of the resale, but warned people that "high demand'' meant they could still face queues.

He refused to say if Games bosses were seeking compensation from Ticketmaster for the problems.

A spokesman said this afternoon: "The ticketing website and hotline have both continued to be busy. We're pleased, however, to report that throughout the day queues have been minimal as thousands of customers have successfully secured tickets.

"We're delighted with the enthusiasm shown across all the team sports and ceremonies.

"We have another big day (on Thursday) with available tickets for Athletics and Racquet sports going on sale from 10am. We expect this to be another high-demand day as people book their place in history at Scotland's biggest ever sporting festival.

"We thank everyone for their passionate support so far.  While there are still lots of great opportunities to be part of the Games, tickets are selling fast so don't leave it too late to buy, especially if you have specific events or days you want to be part of."

Remaining seats at the opening and closing ceremonies went on sale this morning, along with tickets to watch team sports such as hockey, netball and rugby sevens.

Tomorrow, athletics, badminton, squash and table tennis will go on sale, alongside any unsold tickets from today's release, and all remaining tickets for weightlifting, bowls, rhythmic gymnastics, shooting, boxing, judo and wrestling will be available from Friday.

Diving, swimming, cycling, gymnastics and triathlon are already sold out, Glasgow 2014 said.

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.

Details on how to purchase the tickets can be found at www.glasgow2014.com.

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