The Commonwealth Games, which will run in Birmingham in 2022, has reportedly received almost two million applications for tickets. 

Organisers have said that the event is celebrating almost capacity crowds at each venue, with attendances set to surpass those of Glasgow 2014 and the 2018 Games in Australia. 

Birmingham 2022 chief executive Ian Reid said: “We had in excess of 850,000 ticket applications for the West Midlands ballot alone and I think we are nearly at two million applications in total following the national ballot. 

“So that gives you a sense of the number of people now that want to engage with the Games. We’re tracking around 10% ahead, post-ballot, of ticket sales of both the Gold Coast and Glasgow. Of course Glasgow sold 96% of tickets in total by the end of that journey, following general sales. So that bodes incredibly well.”

Her Majesty The Queen launched the Birmingham 2022 Queen’s Baton Relay for the Commonwealth Games at Buckingham Palace yesterday (Thursday).

The Queen’s Baton Relay is a tradition that sees the baton visit all 72 nations and territories within the Commonwealth over 294 days, before returning to England and for the opening ceremony in Birmingham. 

Four-time Paralympic gold medallist Kadeena Cox was the first Batonbearer to receive the Baton from The Queen.

Commonwealth Games Federation president Dame Louise Martin DBE said: “I am delighted that we have finally arrived at this special moment.”

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson added: “We are honoured to host the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham next year, where they will not only be carbon-neutral for the first time, but also feature the largest para-sport programme in their history.”

Image: Commonwealth Games Birmingham 2022