The public are being urged to buy their tickets to see Europe’s top para-sport stars after a post Commonwealth Games surge in sales.
With athletes like Team Wales captain Aled Davies, ‘Discus’ Dan Greaves and David Weir taking their fair share of the limelight in Glasgow, organisers of Swansea 2014 are reporting a spike in tickets sales for the IPC Athletics European Championships, which take place in less than two weeks.
Tickets for the track’s home straight are now virtually sold out, with the temporary seating on the back straight filling up quickly
And for those planning on watching the athletics in Swansea the message is simple: get your tickets as soon as possible.
Tickets are available from www.swansea2014.com.
“We’ve sold well over half the tickets we have available,” said Paul Thorburn, Chair of the Local Organising Committee.
“After so much sport this summer, people are really engaging with the event. Over the last couple of weeks, with the Commonwealth Games coverage, we’ve seen a big increase in interest and the tickets we’ve sold.
“This really will be top quality para-sport with some very big names taking part. David Weir has even added the 5,000 metres race to his competition list, which has now been moved to a prime slot on Saturday evening.
“If people delay buying a ticket then they could be left disappointed. So get in quickly.”
Swansea 2014 will take place at the Swansea University International Sports Village between 18th – 23rd August and will see around 600 of Europe’s best athletes compete for honours as they make their way to the Rio Paralympic Games in 2016.
The competition will feature a wealth of Paralympians, World Champions and record holders from over 40 nations.
Swansea 2014 has released around 15,000 tickets for the 5-day Championships, available both online at www.swansea2014.com and from local outlets. Priced at between £3-£7 per session, people from the city and athletics fans across the country can secure their place to witness action up close at morning and afternoon sessions.
Swansea University will host the event, creating an integrated venue and athlete village environment, supported by a strong Championship delivery team including Disability Sport Wales, Swansea Council, Welsh Government, British Athletics and Welsh Athletics.
Swansea 2014 will be the 4th IPC Athletics European Championships having previously been held in Stadskanaal, Netherlands, Espoo, Finland and Assen, Netherlands. The Championships are expected to attract up to 1,500 athletes, officials and visitors from across Europe.
Swansea University is a world-class research-led university located in beautiful parkland with views across Swansea Bay close to the Gower Peninsula, the UK’s first Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The University was established in 1920 and currently offers around 350 undergraduate courses and 100 post-graduate courses to 14,500 undergraduate and postgraduate students. By 2015 the University will have a new Science and Innovation Campus to complement an upgraded Singleton Park Campus. Visit www.swansea.ac.uk . Swansea University is a registered charity. No. 1138342.
Disability Sport Wales
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In 2013, Britain hosted two of the biggest IPC Para-athletics events in the world including the first ever Sainsbury’s IPC Grand Prix Final in Birmingham and the Sainsbury’s International Para Challenge at the sell-out Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games in the Stadium, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) is the global governing body of the Paralympic Movement, and also acts as the International Federation for nine sports, including athletics.
The sport is governed by the IPC and co-ordinated by the IPC Athletics Sports Technical Committee, offering a wide range of competitions and events for male and female athletes in all impairment groups.
For more information about the 2014 IPC Athletics European Championships go to www.swansea2014.com