GOLD Coasters who missed out on securing tickets to the Commonwealth Games have been given another chance to snap up a spot following the release of thousands of extra seats.
GOLDDOC Chairman Peter Beattie AC on Thursday announced up to 40,000 additional tickets would be made available to most events and be released at various stages over the next 27 days.
Games organisers were able to release the previously unavailable seats after finalising seating builds.
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They will be made available to virtually all sports and will be offered on a first-come, first-served bases.
Also launched on Thursday was the GC2018 Fan Marketplace – an authorised ticket resale site powered by Ticketek allowing spectators to list, sell and buy official tickets in a secure environment.
To visit the Fan Marketplace, click here.
“With the preparation of the venues for GC2018 now well advanced, we have been able to make adjustments to the build of temporary facilities, releasing previously unavailable seats,” Mr Beattie said.
“This means that from today we are pleased to release additional tickets to sports that have previously had their ticket allocation exhausted such as Rugby Sevens and Triathlon.
“In fact, progressively over the next month, additional tickets will be made available to virtually all sports, including athletics and swimming, as temporary seating builds are finalised at each venue.
“In the lead-up to the Games, we urge people to keep checking ticket availability online at gc2018.com/tickets and hurry to avoid disappointment.
“This is the biggest sporting event in Australia this decade so it’s fantastic to be able to offer these additional opportunities for spectators to come and Share the Dream with us.”
The GC2018 Fan Marketplace will be available from today until midday on 30 March 2018 (AEST), which allows for any unsold tickets still to be used for the Games.
GOLDOC does not make a profit from any transaction conducted on the Marketplace and the seller or buyer does not pay additional fees.
All tickets listed on the site match the price of the original ticket purchase.
GOLDOC CEO Mark Peters said fans had previously been unable to resell, seek refunds or cancel their tickets due in an effort to protect the Games from ticket scalpers.
Customers had been encouraged to buy only the tickets they needed at the time of purchase.
“While GOLDOC had previously stated that existing ticketholders could not cancel or seek refunds for tickets that could no longer be used, the GC2018 Fan Marketplace provides an opportunity for those tickets to be purchased by another customer who can attend the Games,” Mr Peters said.
“We want to give as many people as possible the chance to experience GC2018 and although there are no guarantees that all tickets listed on the site will be sold, this platform has created a safe marketplace for fans to list, sell and buy authorised tickets to GC2018.
“The GC2018 Fan Marketplace is an authorised ticket sales website and all tickets that appear on the site have been verified and approved by GOLDOC.
“Each time a ticket is sold on the GC2018 Fan Marketplace, the original ticket barcode is cancelled and a new ticket is created for the new ticket buyer.”