Thursday, June 10, 2010

Games Ticket Sales Begin: Rs 1,000 & Rs 750 tickets for Games all sold out

If you’ve been thinking of buying a ticket to watch the opening or closing ceremonies of the Commonwealth Games in October, better act fast. Not even a week after sale of tickets began; officials say the Rs 1,000 and Rs 750 tickets have all been sold out. Interestingly, even the Rs 25,000 and Rs 50,000 tickets are seeing brisk sale, say sources, with the opening ceremony seeing the maximum demand.

Said a senior OC official, ‘‘Since day one, the sales have been quite satisfactory. The first day itself saw sales of over Rs 20 lakh.’’ Till date, the OC has registered sales worth Rs 2 crore within four days. It’s not just the desi crowd interested in the mega sporting event. OC sources claim the tickets have been in demand abroad as well, especially in the Commonwealth association circuit.

These tickets, which were made available in November, last year, were handed over to the Commonwealth Games Associations (CGAs) of the participating countries for sale by the respective CGAs. OC officials say that ticket sales worth Rs 3 crore have been generated from these sales. ‘‘These tickets will be exchanged for actual physical tickets once they come to India,’’ added the official. For international tourists though, the tickets are available from the OC website launched for ticket sale earlier this week. Said the official, ‘‘While several purchases through international credit cards have been made, it’s too early to say how many have been purchased by foreign nationals.’’ Sources admitted the demand at present though, is for the opening and closing ceremonies, with few tickets being sold for the sporting events. Tickets for these are available as well, and start from Rs 50 onwards to Rs 1,000. Almost 40% of the tickets for the sporting events have been kept at Rs 200 and below. Four of the events the marathon, the walk, cycling road race and the cycling time trial are free. For those booking online, an upper sale limit of two tickets has been kept for the opening and closing ceremonies while for the sporting event, the limit is four.

The OC is making these tickets available only through its website at present, and a few retail counters of the Central Bank of India and Hero Honda outlets. Ticket sales from counters start from August 1, when actual tickets will be given out instead of vouchers, as is the case at present.

Where to Buy Tickets:

Online at :

Ticketing Call Center: Call 1800-200-1294

IRCTC’s Website and Outlets