Over the weekend, there has been a large amount of email traffic relating to the sale of NAGs tickets that included some inaccuracies particularly the number of seats available to spectators for purchase. So, notwithstanding that fact that many of you do not agree with how the tickets have been allocated and/or sold and have made many suggestions about how this could be improved moving forward, I would like to take this opportunity to provide some facts around the number of tickets available for sale at each session as follows:
There is no question that as the numbers of swimmers qualifying for these events increases, it is putting increased pressure on our ability to accommodate all spectators. We simply don’t have facilities big enough to cater for all swimmers and all spectators wanting to attend (maybe the new pool in Christchurch will change this?). The solutions being suggested eg increasing qualifying times, splitting the event (boys/girls or by age groups), North and South with a ‘finals meet’ etc all have their own pros and cons and will therefore be liked by some and criticised by others but we are looking at all options and will be discussing these with regions soon.
Further details re the final allocation of tickets will be circulated later this week once entries have closed and we can then confirm the actual numbers of tickets available.
Chief Executive Officer
Swimming New Zealand
14 Antares Place, Mairangi Bay, Auckland 0632
P O Box 30 2145, Auckland 0751
P +64 9 478 2916 M +64 21 773 173