VisitScotland chairman praises 'family friendly' ticketing strategy of 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games

VisitScotland chairman Mike Cantlay has welcomed affordable 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games prices as ‘family friendly’ ticketing strategy is unveiled.

The ‘family friendly’ ticketing strategy for next year’s Glasgow Commonwealth Games has been praised by tourism organisation VisitScotland’s chairman Mike Cantlay, with ticket prices beginning at £15 each, and the aim of one million tickets being priced at under £25.

Two-thirds of the tickets will be priced below the £25 mark, while half-price concessions will also be made available for children and over-60’s.

Cantlay, chairman of VisitScotland, said of the strategy: “With ticket prices to suit all budgets, there is no excuse for people not to come to Glasgow to enjoy what is sure to be a magnificent spectacle. We will be working hard to ensure that visitors are encouraged not only to come to see the sporting events in Glasgow, but also to see what the rest of Scotland has to offer in a year that also sees us host the Ryder Cup at Gleneagles and the second Year of Homecoming.”

Each ticket price will also include access to public transport on the day of the ticketed event, while the ticketing process will begin on 19 August, it has been revealed.

Ticket applications will be available online through debit and credit card payments, while a postal application service will also be used.

Fears had been expressed over a repeat of the ticketing chaos that surrounded purchasing of the 2012 London Olympic tickets, that caused uproar and drew criticism last month from the London Assembly over the individual cost of tickets.

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