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First-Day Jitters: Beijing Olympics Ticketing Site Crashes
Published October 31, 2007
LOGISTICAL CHALLENGES: The FINANCIAL TIMES' Mure Dickie writes the failure "highlights the scale of the logistical challenge that China faces in hosting" the Olympics. The crash is also a "setback for Ticketmaster," and an "embarrassment for BOCOG, which had hailed the system as 'time-saving and convenient' in heavy pre-sale promotions." Bank of China "moved to minimise any adverse publicity by stressing that it was BOCOG's system that had failed and that 'no abnormality' had been found with its own network" (FINANCIAL TIMES, 10/31). However, BUSINESS WEEK's Chi-Chu Tschang writes BOCOG "must be happy about the ticketing frenzy-turned-fiasco," as it shows a strong demand for tickets. The IOC is "counting on sellout crowds at major Olympic events" after many unsold tickets at the '04 Athens Games (BUSINESSWEEK.com, 10/30).