Tickets Galore

Not long to go now to register your interest for tickets to next year’s Commonwealth Games as the ticket ballot closes on Monday, 16th September 2013. The people of Glasgow are starting to really buy into the idea of world class sporting action taking place on their doorstep with last year’s Olympics undoubtedly boosting the mindshare ahead of the action getting underway in 313 days time at Celtic Park.

Organisers are said to be ‘delighted by the enthusiastic response’ amid rumours of public interest being far stronger than expected. While I am thrilled that ticket sales are going strong, it also fills me with trepidation that we could see a repeat of the ticketing fiasco that marred last year’s London Olympics. I hope that lessons have been learned and we can avoid ruining Glaswegians’ growing goodwill towards the competition by implementing a fair ticket selection process.

The prestige event is of course the 100m at Hampden Park on 28 July 2014. If as rumoured Usain Bolt does compete then it could be one of the last times to see the legendary Jamaican sprinter run the 100m at a major event. Ticket prices range from £15 to £90 and must be the golden ticket of the competition, even if you probably have no chance of getting one! I however am more realistic and my current ticket applications are for the ‘less fashionable’ sports – Boxing at the SECC, Table Tennis at Scotstoun and Gymnastics at the Hydro. There will be no athletics or cycling for me.

I, for one, am very excited for the games to get underway and expect Glasgow to show itself to the world as a city we can all be proud of. Don’t miss your chance to be part of history. Remember “People make Glasgow.”

Commonwealth Games Trading Regulations

Unauthorised street trading, advertising, ambush marketing and busking at 17 Commonwealth Games venues will be banned under regulations published by  the Scottish Government on the 16/5/2013 for consultation.

The rules will apply before and during sporting events at next year’s Commonwealth Games . Anyone involved in unauthorised trading or advertising will be liable to have merchandise seized or be fined up to £20,000 if convicted. The Consultation sets out a plan of action for the controls, detailed plans of the areas affected and the length of time that the restrictions will last. Enforcement will be by designated and experienced officers drawn from local authorities and appointed by Glasgow 2014.

Commonwealth Games Minister Shona Robison said :

“ Regulating trading and advertising in the vicinity of the sports arenas ensures that we can protect the character and integrity of the Commonwealth Games and minimise disruption to local people or businesses. These regulations will allow Glasgow 2014 to control activity at an appropriate scale that allows the free flow of spectators and traffic to and from the Games venues.”