Tickets go on sale for Glasgow 2014
An aerostat displays text welcoming guests to Glasgow for the 2014 Commonwealth Games in New Delhi on October 14, 2010. Up to one million tickets for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games went on sale with under 16s given half-price concessions for the first time.
Following overwhelming demand for London 2012 Olympics tickets, the Games site www.glasgow2014.com was warning of one-hour booking delays shortly after the tickets went on sale at 0900 GMT.
The XXth Games will host 4,500 athletes from 71 nations and territories of the Commonwealth. The 11-day event starts on July 23.
Jamaican sprint star Usain Bolt could be among those taking part after the six-time Olympic gold medallist hinted that he might compete.
Tickets for the 17 sporting events are on sale for four weeks until September 16.
Organisers say that rather than a first come, first served system, everyone who applies before that date will have an equal chance of receiving tickets for events.
Adult ticket prices start at £15 ($23.50) and two-thirds of them cost £25 or less.
Organisers say at least 70 percent of the tickets will be available for public purchase. At the London Olympics, there was an outcry over blocks of empty seats left unused by sponsors.
"Glasgow 2014 in every sense is a Games for everyone and a fantastic opportunity to experience world-class sport up close in one of the world's great sporting cities," said Games chairman Robert Smith.
"We look forward to welcoming elite athletes from across the Commonwealth and the best welcome we can give them are stadia packed with supporters cheering them on."