As big day nears, ticket sales gather pace

More than 60,000 tickets have been sold till date for the hockey tournament that will be played at the Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium from October 4-14. The sale of tickets has generated Rs 120 million so far and the Commonwealth Games Organising Committee (CGOC) is targeting Rs one billion from ticket sales.

For the second time in the year, after the World Cup in February-March, hockey lovers will again see teams like world champions Australia, European winners England, hosts India and Pakistan in action.

“Hockey is a popular sport in India and that is why it is seeing such high ticket sales. We are sure that sales will further improve by the time the Games begin,” CGOC’s ticketing director, Monika Jolly, told IANS.

The National Stadium has 14,700 seats for ticket holders and a temporary stand, which can accommodate 750 spectators, has been built on the second pitch.

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