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Glasgow Praised For Exceeding Expectations Following Conclusion Of Commonwealth Games
Published August 5, 2014
- Almost 3.5 million people "passed through the city's Central Station."
- 1.2 million tickets were sold.
- 171,000 people attended the Rugby Sevens -- "a record for the sport."
- 15,000 Clydesiders volunteered.
NO REGRETS: FAIRFAX MEDIA reported Australian runner Genevieve LaCaze, who "stage bombed Kylie Minogue's Commonwealth Games closing ceremony performance," said that she has "no regrets." She "stole the show when she jumped on stage at Glasgow, waving a miniature flag alongside Minogue's dancers for almost a minute before being ushered away by security" (FAIRFAX MEDIA, 8/4).
GLASGOW COMES THROUGH: In Sydney, Phil Lutton wrote Glasgow "may well be looked upon as the city that saved a dying movement from itself, finding character in a competition that was hopelessly spinning its wheels in the modern sporting landscape" (SYDNEY MORNING HERALD, 8/4).
NETBALL PLANS TO CASH IN: NEWS CORP AUSTRALIA's Jon Ralph reported Australia netball coach Lisa Alexander said that "netball has emerged as a mainstream sport as her players bask in the glow of Commonwealth Games gold." Australia’s women "reclaimed the mantle as the world's best nation but it only caps the huge ground made by netball in the last 12 months." Every indicator -- "broadcast audience, digital, game attendance -- shows Australia is slowly creeping up on others in the competition for traction in the competitive Australian marketplace" (NEWS CORP AUSTRALIA, 8/5).