Empty Venues at Olympics

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    Empty Venues at Olympics

    Before the Olympics it was widely reported that all competitions are sold out, and people where queuing hours to get hold of the last remaining tickets.
    When watching the Olympics on TV, it seems that most venues are not even half full. Today The Standard reports that "cheerleading volunteers have been shipped in to the Olympic venues to fill up the emtpy seats and liven up the athmosphere".

    What could be the reason for this? People hoping to sell on the blackmarket but failed? Unused sponsorship tickets? (I was given sponsorship tickets last minute here in HK and the sponsor still had plenty left).

    It's quite a pity, as there have been some really great competitions so far.


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    Quote Originally Posted by mjk:
    Unused sponsorship tickets? (I was given sponsorship tickets last minute here in HK and the sponsor still had plenty left).
    There's your answer!

    The FA Cup final at Wembley this year had the same problem.

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    Agreed, it's a very common occurrence. Most events live and die by corporate sponsorships, the paying public is just an aside in the business plan.

    Most new professional sports stadiums are built with corporate boxes in mind and selling season's ticket is all that matters. Having all the seats filled in the actual event isn't a priority, getting the dollars for those seat is...

    One can't expect that a whole lot of people will be queuing to watch preliminary rounds of fringe sports so tickets must be sold/given away another way to allow the organizers the PR claim of having sold out the event...


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    maybe they can ue their CGI to make it look to the world audience that the stadiums are full...

    http://www.geoexpat.com/forum/thread29887.html


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    Or maybe it is the lack of visas, the three rings of security combined with the thrill of possibly being blown up or stabbed that is keeping the masses at home, watching on TV?


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    Lack of visas have little do to with it...1.3 billion people could fill the stands easily. As to fear of terrorism, chances of something bad happening would be higher in the US or Europe than in China. Atlanta olympic bomb...1 dead, hundreds injured...


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    Quote Originally Posted by gilleshk:
    Lack of visas have little do to with it...1.3 billion people could fill the stands easily. As to fear of terrorism, chances of something bad happening would be higher in the US or Europe than in China. Atlanta olympic bomb...1 dead, hundreds injured...
    Every little bit helps keep the stands empty.
    And the chance for something blowing up would be higher outside of China, but that doesn't remove the possibility, or fear of the possibility, in China. (And, since you bring up Atlanta, seems Beijing has tied in the "dead" cataegory.)
    My point was that, given you have a better view on TV or the internet, why bother going through the hassles--real or imagined--of making the trek down to the actual event?

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    That can be said for any event yet there will always people willing to go to be part of the experience...whatever the cost or the risk.

    The OP was why are the stands not full yet it was described as sold out. It has nothing to do with visas, terrorism etc... Tickets were all given/sold and simply not used because a large portion were not purchased by individuals.

    You can be sure that the main events will be packed and the lesser events not...