Monday, 7 June 2010

Commonwealth Games tickets flying fast

The cash registers started ringing since Friday when the Commonwealth Games tickets were officially launched but over the next two days, they appeared to be on fire.

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Commonwealth Games Organizing committee has collected over Rs 10,000,000 so far via sales of tickets. Around 10,000 tickets were sold, including those for the Opening and Closing ceremonies.

Tickets to the opening ceremony at the Jawaharlal Nehru stadium, which will feature big Bollywood stars, in what has been promoted as a spectacular event, are flying off the shelves.

"What we have realised from talking to people in Delhi is that everyone wants to watch at least one Commonwealth Games event,” said Lalit Bhanot, Secretary General, Organising Committee.

The organisers expect to sell around 1.7 million tickets in all, with expected earnings hovering around the Rs 60 crore figure.

After the ceremonies, hockey, athletics, swimming and tennis and squash are raking in the moolah the most.

Hockey was expected to be popular, and swimming also has a fan following.

“If Usain Bolt (Jamaican; world’s fastest athlete) confirms participation, athletics will get more crowd,” said a senior organising committee official.

Retail points like Central Bank of India branches and Hero Honda outlets are doing brisk business. Availability will increase once bulk group booking starts in August.

Around 60 per cent of the sales are sold online, and the rest are from retail outlets.

Indian Rail Catering and Tour Company (IRCTC) has been appointed as the official ticketing agency for CWG 2010 in consortium with Broad Vision Systems and TicketPro.

IRCTC will provide tickets through the Internet, call centres and a network of retail outlets.

Each ticket holder can travel free of charge by Delhi Metro trains and DTC buses to reach and return from the venue on the day of the event for which they hold a ticket.


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