Over 2.3 million requests have been received for the million places at next summer's Commonwealth Games, making Glasgow 2014 one of the most popular events in UK sporting history. Organisers revealed the figure after the four-week application window closed on Monday night (16 September), thanking members of the public for their interest in attending the 17 sports on offer across 11 days of elite competition.
The ticketing campaign was led by Olympic and Commonwealth medalists and Glasgow 2014 ambassadors Sir Chris Hoy, Jessica Ennis-Hill, Tom Daley, Nicola Adams and Michael Jamieson. Former athletes Susan Egelstaff and David Carry also lent their support as part of a two-week school tour with Clyde, the official Glasgow 2014 Mascot.
Deputy chief executive of Glasgow 2014, Ty Speer, said: "The first medal of Glasgow 2014 should go to members of the public for their fantastic support for the 4,500 athletes who will be coming here to compete. There has been incredible demand for tickets and early indications suggest that Glasgow 2014 is shaping up to be a truly historic occasion. We would like to thank everyone for their support and their interest in buying tickets. We look forward to getting in touch with people at the end of the month with news of their application."
Glasgow 2014 will now begin the process of reviewing the applications, with a fair and simple draw being used to select successful applicants where the number of ticket substantially requests exceeds the number of tickets available. This includes Aquatics (Diving), Aquatics (Swimming), Athletics, Cycling (Mountain), Cycling (Track), Gymnastics (Artistic), Judo, Shooting and Triathlon events.
Successful applicants will be notified between 30 September and 7 October, before payment is taken.