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Crowds grab Commonwealth goodies

26 July 2002

Kit at the Sportcity superstore

Kit helps to kit out the crowds

The Commonwealth Games merchandise superstore was packed within minutes of the gates opening at the City of Manchester Stadium last night.

As 38,000 people arrived to watch the magnificent Opening Ceremony, the newly opened superstore was filled with spectators eager to get their hands on a Games souvenir.

In just four hours, thousands of items of merchandise walked out of the doors, including 5,000 pin badges, 2,000 Kit cuddly toys, 1,000 t-shirts, 500 polo shirts, 500 Corgi collectible vehicles. Stocks of Commonwealth Games flags completely sold out as enthusiastic supporters prepared for the big night.

One thousand visitors bought a special Commonwealth Games lanyard, a clear plastic holder to enable them to display and keep their Opening Ceremony tickets.

Jason Harborow, general commercial manager, said: "There were queues outside the superstore as soon as the gates opened at Sportcity. Within a few hours, the plaza was awash with blue merchandise bags as people snapped up their own personal memento of the Games to show their support of this great sporting event."

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