‘‘Around 1.7 million tickets will be sold for the Games starting from October 3. These tickets will initially be available only from a dedicated call centre, the Commonwealth Games 2010 website and a few select outlets,’’ OC chairman Suresh Kalmadi said on Thursday.
However, the OC is also planning to make the tickets available in more than 50 outlets of Central Bank and Hero Honda within 10-15 days of the launch of ticket sale.
For those hoping to catch the action live at the stadia, the low pricing of tickets is an added incentive. “These tickets will be available till the start of each event,” Kalmadi said.
OC officials refused to reveal the different price slabs for the remaining tickets. However, sources said they would be available in four slabs, with options for group bookings. The ticket prices would also be different for the various sporting events, with the opening and closing ceremonies at a separate price slab altogether.
OC sources said the maximum demand is expected to be for the opening and closing ceremonies.
After announcing that tickets for the Commonwealth Games will be available from June 1, officials said that tickets for opening and closing ceremony will be most expensive. Both ceremonies will take place at the Jawaharlal Nehru stadium, which has a seating capacity of 64,000 spectators.
Kalmadi admitted that the OC was trying to ensure that tickets in the lower price range would be easily available, as demand was expected in this category. ‘‘Availability will be the prime concern, as we expect demand to go up once the Queen’s Baton Relay goes through the country, and more people get to know about the Commonwealth Games,’’ added Kalmadi. Ticket sales, though, are primarily expected to be through the call centre set up specifically for the purpose. The tickets bought online by spectators would be changed to physical tickets at the venue before the event. At present, the OC is expecting around 1 lakh inter national tourists. The number of domestic tourists is expected to also go up in October for the Commonwealth Games, say OC officials.