22 January 2006
Thousands of new tickets to previously “fully subscribed” events including Swimming, Track Cycling, Gymnastics and Basketball preliminaries will be made available to all Australians from 9am tomorrow - January 23.
From 9am tomorrow a limited number of tickets will be available to some of the Games premier events, including;
the final of the Men’s 100m Freestyle Final – expected to feature Ian Thorpe on Sunday 19 March,
Basketball superstar Lauren Jackson’s debut for the Opals in Bendigo
on Saturday March 18 and;
Jana Pittman’s 400m hurdles final at the redeveloped Melbourne Cricket Ground on Thursday March 23.
All of these events were previously fully subscribed.
Over 160,000 new tickets to night and day sessions of the Games’ most popular sports, at prices ranging from $15 through to $590 are available, including family package tickets.
The new tickets have been made possible following the finalisation of detailed planning work at all venues. This has resulted in an increase in the number of usable seats at many venues. Additional tickets have been returned from other ticket allocations.
“We are delighted to make available new tickets to the general public, particularly to a number of sports that had previously been unavailable” Games CEO John Harnden said.
“These tickets will be available on a first come, first served basis.
“New tickets to other Games events including the Opening and Closing Ceremony, Diving, Hockey, and Rugby 7s are also on sale from Monday”.
These tickets will be available at www.melbourne2006.com.au through the Games hotline 1300 00 2006 or at Ticketmaster outlets across Australia from 9am Monday January 23.
Games Minister Justin Madden said the new tickets were great news for Games fans.
“There is a range of tickets available from January 23 – including family packages, with new tickets available across all price categories and include over 2700 Swimming, 1300 Track Cycling, 4800 Rugby 7s finals tickets and 2700 Regional Basketball tickets”, Mr Madden said.
Games organisers also confirmed:
a “Central Ticket Pool” will begin operation on Monday January 23 at 9am;
a new advertising campaign has begun,
a limited number of new tickets for national and international travel packages will be released; and
the progressive release back into the Central Ticket Pool of tickets from other stakeholder groups,
“The central ticket pool will operate on a first come, first served basis, contain all remaining tickets and will replace the existing ‘preserved’ allocations,” Mr Harnden said.
“Our aim between now and the Opening Ceremony – in exactly two months time – is to give as many Australians as possible the chance to attend this once in the lifetime event”.
New tickets for the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games can be purchased on-line at www.melbourne2006.com.au, over the phone on 1300 00 2006, or at Ticketmaster outlets across Australia from 9am on Monday January 23.
The Games will be a unique opportunity to witness 4500 elite athletes from 71 nations taking part in the XVIII Commonwealth Games to be held from 15-26 March 2006.
For further information on the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games, go to www.melbourne2006.com.au.
View the Summary of additional tickets available for Single Ticket Sales as at 23 January 2006 on this Website.
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