The wait is over, sporting fiends.
Thousands of people will today discover the tickets they’ve successfully secured for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.
More than 1.2 million ticket requests have been processed by GOLDOC for each of the 274 ticketed sessions since the ticket request phase closed on 22 May 2017.
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A computer-generated fair and equal draw was implemented to determine ticket allocations for any sessions that were oversubscribed.
Among the most popular sessions were the Opening Ceremony, the Rugby Sevens final and the Netball final which alone was oversubscribed by five times.
Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation Chairman Peter Beattie said spectators would today receive email notifications from GOLDOC advising of the outcome of their ticket requests.
“We have been thrilled with the result of the ticket request phase, firstly the response from the general public and then the efficiency of the fair and equal draw in being able to process over one million ticket requests, which has been a major task,” Mr Beattie said.
“Today is an exciting day for hundreds of thousands of spectators who will be awarded tickets across every single GC2018 competition session.
Mr Beattie said people who missed out on their chosen sport will obviously be a little disappointed.
“Naturally, with this process, there will be some disappointment as there were more than 1.2 million ticket requests and oversubscriptions to many of the 274 ticketed competition sessions.
“But it’s important to remember a ticket request phase was chosen for the GC2018 ticketing program to ensure people had a fair chance of accessing tickets to what will be the biggest sporting event in Australia this decade.”
GOLDOC CEO Mark Peters said people that didn’t get tickets to everything they wanted during the ticket request phase still have the chance to purchase GC2018 tickets from 5 July when the general sales period commences.
“Any remaining tickets to GC2018 competition sessions will go on sale to the general public from 9am on 5 July so there is still great opportunity for everyone to experience the Games and witness this wonderful world class sporting event.
Payments for successful ticket requests will be processed from Monday 26 June, with spectators urged to ensure they have sufficient funds on their nominated payment card and its expiry date is still valid.
GC2018 tickets include free public transport on event day within the South East Queensland TransLink public transport network, the Cairns TransLink bus network and on the Townsville qconnect bus network.