Comm Games security ramps up as final tickets go on sale

Reporting by Mitchell Van Homrigh

While the opening ceremony, rugby sevens and netball finals are sold out, tickets are still available for marquee events at next year’s Commonwealth Games

The final 250,000 tickets went on sale on Wednesday and Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation (GOLDOC) chairman Peter Beattie expects all the tickets to be sold before the games start in April next year.


“We expect those (remaining tickets) to be sold over the next few months – 250,000 is still a lot of tickets … The real key to it is when you go online today, it’s first-in, best-dressed,” Beattie said.

“Some of the great athletic competitions are still available, for example the Mens 100m final, there’s still opportunities.”

Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Chairman Peter Beattie

GOLDOC Chairman Peter Beattie PHOTO: Cam Jackson /

Tickets are still available for marquee events such as hockey, boxing, squash and table tennis.

The games run from 4-15 April 2018 and will feature over 6000 athletes from 70 nations.

The influx of athletes and general public will have the Queensland Government on their toes with security preparations.

The Queensland Premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk told reporters on Wednesday they’re ramping up security ahead of the games.

“While our security preparations are well advanced, recent security threats overseas mean we need to be ever vigilant in implementing robust security measures during the Commonwealth Games,” Palaszczuk said.

Queensland police, Australian Defence force members and private security staff will be on hand during the Games, as well as Air Force planes patrolling the skies.

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