A "rush of applications" for 1 million tickets to the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow "has led to long delays on the event's website," according to Severin Carrell of the London GUARDIAN. Tickets for the 2014 Games went on sale at 10am on Monday, and organizers, who "had studied the chaos with ticket sales for the 2012 London Olympics, hoped to avoid congestion on the first day by giving fans four weeks to apply for tickets." However, soon after the website went live, applicants "were being warned of delays of an hour." The organizers "again urged fans to take their time bidding for tickets." Glasgow 2014 Deputy CEO Ty Speer said that the ticketing process -- run by the same firm whose website crashed for the 2012 London Olympics, Ticketmaster -- "had been designed to be as stress-free as possible" (GUARDIAN, 8/19). The BBC reported Glasgow 2014 organizers said tickets will be allocated by a "fair and simple draw." A Glasgow 2014 spokesperson said, "It makes no difference whether you apply on the first day, the last day or any day in between as long as your application is completed by 6pm on Sept. 16" (BBC, 8/19).
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The Barcelona city council and FC Barcelona have "reached an agreement to guarantee that there will be metro service" after the Supercopa of Spain match against Atlético Madrid at Camp Nou stadium on Aug. 28, which starts at 11pm local time. Barcelona will pay €30,000 ($40,041) for the cost of extending the metro schedule, "with the last suburban train leaving at 1am the next morning -- the game will end around 12:45am -- and in case the game has overtime, the club will 'asborb' the transportation demand." Barcelona Mayor Xavier Trias had asked the game change its starting time and claimed that the city council "would not pay the cost of extending the metro's hours under any circumstances." After reaching the agreement with Barcelona, Trias "thanked the club for its 'sensibility and willingness' to find a solution" (EP, 8/19).
The European Tour will visit Prague for the first time since '97 when the inaugural D+D Real Czech Masters takes place at Prague's Albatross Golf Resort from Aug. 21-24 of next year. The tournament will carry a €1M ($1.3M) prize fund in '14 and will be held for at least the next five years. It will be promoted by professional golf team Relmost AS, which has promoted the D+D Real Czech Challenge Open on the European Challenge Tour the past two years. Albatross Golf Resort was voted the Golf Resort of the Year in '11 and '12, with the 7,315-yard, par 72 Championship Course judged the Czech Republic's best golf course by Golf Digest USA (European Tour).