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Glasgow 2014: Organisers reveal ticket sales and other Games facts and figures

Closing ceremony at Hampden Image copyright PA
Image caption The closing ceremony at Hampden Stadium capped off the "best ever" Games

A total of 96% of tickets were sold at the "best-ever" Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, organisers have revealed.

A survey of 20,000 spectators found 91% were satisfied. The top three words used in feedback were "fantastic", "exciting" and" fun".

Athletes set nine world records during 11 days of competition and broke 142 Commonwealth Games records.

The figures are among a tranche of facts and figures released to highlight the Games' success.

Other statistics include:

  • Nearly 500,000 meals were served at the Athletes' Village
  • 100 tonnes of fruit and vegetables were delivered to the site
  • Athletes consumed 65,000 handmade fruit smoothies
  • 30,000 bags of clothes and 150,000 towels were laundered
  • 3.5 million mentions of Glasgow 2014 on social media
  • 450,000 downloads of the Games app

Glasgow 2014 chief executive David Grevemberg said: "The Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games has made history as the best Commonwealth Games ever, setting a new gold standard for the Commonwealth sports movement, new benchmarks for event delivery."

He also praised Glasgow itself, saying it had received "universal accolades for a proud host city and its people for the joyous enthusiasm with which they embraced athletes and visitors during Scotland's biggest-ever sporting and cultural festival".

Image caption Glasgow 2014 chief executive David Grevemberg praised the host city for its "joyous enthusiasm"
Image caption The Games featured heavily on social media with many posting "selfies" or other photos

Scottish government sport secretary Shona Robison said: "The number of spectators at the Games exceeded all expectations.

"Time after time we saw amazing crowds who really helped make the Games and cheered on athletes whether they were winning or not."

The organisers said the opening ceremony on 23 July at Celtic Park, where performers included Rod Stewart and Susan Boyle, was watched by a television audience of more than one billion people.

Gordon Matheson, leader of Glasgow City Council, said the Games were "without a doubt the best-ever in the event's history".

"This is something we should take enormous pride in after all the hard work, training and planning from all involved over the years," he said.

"The legacy of these Games won't just be a golden glow in people's memory, but a city that has been changed forever and is looking confidently to its future."

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