Comm Games tickets now on sale

Despite ongoing controversy about how organisers of the Commonwealth Games’ plan to transport the hundreds of thousands of spectators expected to attend next year’s event, the ticket ballot opened today at midday.

To level the playing field, tickets will be available in a request phase, where punters can request tickets until May 22.

Games organisers hope to sell 1.2 million tickets and each ticket covers the cost of public transport to and from the venue.

Organisers have encouraged spectators to stay on the Gold Coast to reduce congestion on the M1, with the Government’s transport plan hoping to remove more than 50,000 cars off the highway.

Commonwealth Games Organiser Peter Beattie said he was confident the public transport network would cope with the demands during the event.

“The Games are on target, they are on budget, and they have a transport plan that will work,” Mr Beattie said yesterday.

“There will always be some delays on the M1, I won’t insult people’s intelligence by claiming otherwise, but we’ve got the best possible plan on the M1 prior to it being upgraded which won’t happen until after the Games.”

RACQ’s Paul Turner recommended several things for ticket holders to do for the Games including:

  • Taking holidays and if going to the Games, try and stay on the gold coast rather than travel
  • Be patient on the M1 – there will be reduced speed limits in noted congestion spots
  • Use public transport – there will be NO parking at Games venues. The GC light rail will be up and running so you will be able to take the train and then there will be free commuter transport to the venues from the GC stationsPark and ride will provide for 10,000 vehicles on the GC, and there will be double the number of transport options scheduled for the Games.

To register your interest in attending the Games visit: https://www.gc2018.com/tickets#home