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    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk
    Minister for Education and Minister for Tourism, Major Events and the Commonwealth Games
    The Honourable Kate Jones

    Race is on for Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games tickets

    JOINT STATEMENT

    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

    Minister for Education and Minister for Tourism, Major Events and the Commonwealth Games
    The Honourable Kate Jones

    Monday, April 24, 2017

    Race is on for Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games tickets

     

    Ticket requests for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018) have officially opened with the first group of hopeful spectators submitting their requests from 12pm today.

    Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and Commonwealth Games Minister Kate Jones encouraged Queensland families to logon to www.gc2018.com/tickets to make their ticket requests.

    Ms Palaszczuk said spectators could choose from 278 competition sessions as well as the opening and closing ceremonies.

    “The Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games is going to be the biggest sporting event in Australia this decade and we want the Gold Coast, Queensland and Australia to share the dream of this once-in-a-lifetime event,” she said.

    “GC2018 will be held during next year’s Easter school holidays so there is no better time for families to plan a Queensland holiday and take in a world-class sporting event.

    “We are really proud ticket prices are inclusive, accessible and affordable with more than 55% of all tickets priced $40 or below.

    “Importantly, the ticket price includes all ticket fees and free public transport on event day within the South East Queensland TransLink public transport network, the Cairns TransLink bus network and on the Townsville qconnect bus network.”

    Ms Jones said ticket requests would be open for four weeks until midnight on 22 May 2017.

    “With ticket requests now open, we want to welcome visitors from all over Australia to the Gold Coast and event cities Brisbane, Townsville and Cairns to experience the ‘friendly Games’,” she said.

    “While the action focuses on the Gold Coast, GC2018 competition events will also be hosted in Brisbane (track cycling and shooting), Cairns and Townsville (basketball preliminaries), providing interstate visitors with a range of different holiday options.

    “Placing a ticket request gives spectators the very best chance to secure tickets for the most in-demand sports sessions.”

    The opening of public ticket requests coincided with today’s unveiling of a giant 192m2 canvass at the Kangaroo Point Cliffs in Brisbane featuring a hero image of GC2018 Ambassador and Australian swimming star Cameron McEvoy.

    Public activations will also be held on the Gold Coast, Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne at various stages over the next month before ticket requests close on 22 May.

    GOLDOC Chair Peter Beattie said the ticket request process was as simple and as fair as possible. 

    “With a total of 278 competition sessions on offer, GC2018 presents spectators with a wide variety of sports, venues and experiences to choose from,” Mr Beattie said.

    “Spectators can place a ticket request at any time during the next four weeks and no preference will be given to the time of day or date a ticket request is placed.”

    GC2018 Ambassador and Australian Olympic and Commonwealth Games swimmer Cameron McEvoy said the opening of ticket requests was a major milestone for the Games.

    “From an athlete’s perspective, excitement is really building towards GC2018,” Mr McEvoy said.

    “I know my family and friends are really excited about submitting their ticket requests, not only for the Swimming at the Gold Coast Aquatic Centre but some of the other events as well such as Athletics and Track Cycling.

    “There is plenty of action for spectators to choose from with more than 1000 hours of world-class sporting competition over 11 days.”

    No orders will be confirmed or payments taken until after the Ticket Request phase closes.

    Any sessions that have more requests than available tickets will be awarded through a fair and equal draw, overseen by KPMG.

    GC2018 Competition Events Schedule and ticketing requests are available at gc2018.com/tickets or GC2018 Ticketing Customer Service Centre: 1300 21 2018.

    Highlights of GC2018 Ticket Prices include: 

    • 80% of all tickets priced $80 or below
    • More than half of all tickets priced $40 or below
    • Opening Ceremony tickets from $100 for adults and $50 for children
    • Closing Ceremony tickets from $70 for adults and $35 for children
    • Athletics tickets from $20 for adults and $10 for children
    • Rugby Sevens tickets from $30 for adults and $15 for children
    • Beach Volleyball tickets from $30 for adults and $15 for children
    • Swimming tickets from $40 for adults and $20 for children
    • Track Cycling tickets from $50 for adults and $25 for children
    • Children’s tickets available for people aged 16 and under as at 4 April 2018
    • Infants under 2 years, as at 4 April 2018, are granted free entry to all events providing they are accompanied by a parent or guardian with a valid ticket and do not occupy a seat.
    • Tickets for people with accessibility requirements will be available for all ticketed sessions and as GC2018 is affiliated to the Queensland Companion Card program, accessible seating will be provided with a complimentary companion ticket.

    Media contact:

    • Kirby Anderson (Premier’s office) 0417 263 791
    • Matt Jutsum (Minister’s office) 0408 998 940