The chief executive of Ticketek owner TEG said the success of Gold Coast 2018 has boosted Australia’s reputation for staging major international events.
The 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia ran from April 4-15, with 98 per cent of ticketing inventory reported to have been sold.
Ticketek, which was the official ticket agent for Gold Coast 2018, said it shifted more than 1.2 million tickets across 274 individual session available over 18 sports and seven para-sports.
“The Gold Coast has exceeded all expectations as the first regional city to host the Commonwealth Games this century,” said TEG chief executive Geoff Jones.
“The competition, the venues and the organisation was first class. The 1.217 million tickets is a stunning achievement and the organising committee GOLDOC deserves praise for the delivery. I am delighted that Ticketek Australia played such a pivotal role as the ticketing provider.”
Jones said the complexity of the ticketing programme made the Gold Coast Games one of the biggest projects in Ticketek Australia’s 37-year history.
“This was a unique challenge, from the opening ticket requests window, through the balloting process and on to general public sales programme. It has been a remarkable performance by the Ticketek platform and all the people who made it happen,” he said.
Ticketek’s platform has been selected for most major international sporting events in Australia and New Zealand over the past 15 years.
These include the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, the 2017 British & Irish Lions Tour of New Zealand, the 2017 Rugby League World Cup, the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, the 2015 AFC Asian Cup, the 2015 FIFA World Youth Cup New Zealand, the 2008 and 2011 Rugby League World Cups and the 2003 IRB Rugby World Cup.