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Gold Coast 2018 set for final sales push

Commonwealth Games Gold Coast 2018 organisers in Australia are to put 100,000 tickets back on sale next week.

Last month, tickets were taken off sale in order to allow the organisers to carry out an audit for availability before the final push this month.

All tickets in the final major ticket sale will be made available on a first-come, first-served basis for the event, which will take place in April 2018.

There are seats at some of the Games’ most prestigious events, including the opening ceremony, basketball finals, beach volleyball, cycling and diving.

There will be about 2,000 opening ceremony tickets up for grabs, along with 1,000 to the basketball finals, 5,000 to the beach volleyball, more than 2,000 to the cycling and 3,000 to the diving as part of the sale.

The audit identified as many additional seats as possible through the completion of venue seating plans, temporary structures and television camera positions, along with tickets returned to the general sales pool from Games partners.

More than one million tickets have already been sold via official partner Ticketek, with an additional 100,000 to go on sale next week.

Organising committee chief executive Mark Peters said the sale would also include 200,000 tickets to other sports and preliminary sessions that went unsold during previous releases.

“We were so overwhelmed by the initial call to purchase that we’ve done as much as we can… to find more seats,” he said.

“It’s all because of the design finalisation of the stadiums, which we knew would take us some time.”

Peters said partners such as City of Gold Coast and Games sponsors had also returned some of their tickets.

“Every possible avenue we’ve had to pick those tickets up and put them into the central pool has happened,” he said.

“It’s not about subscribing (to purchase tickets) anymore and going on a reserve list. You go online, buy the ticket and as soon as they’re exhausted, the (sale) will close.

“We will have a lot of happy people and a lot of disappointed people because we know there’s going to be a rush.”