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British Officials Call For IOC To Invest In Centralized Ticket System For '16 Games
Published August 1, 2012
FILLING SEATS: In London, Jacquelin Magnay notes LOCOG CEO Paul Deighton today made a “rare appearance at the main press conference of the day.” He said that it is “extraordinary how the venues are working and the spectators are enjoying a fantastic Games experience.” There are “still 75,000 non football tickets available and 200,000 football tickets available.” Deighton said that LOCOG “sold 56,000 tickets yesterday, including 9,000 from reallocated tickets from accredited areas” (TELEGRAPH.co.uk, 8/1). The TELEGRAPH’s Richard Alleyne writes around 60,000 Olympic seats a day -- "more than one in 10 sold -- have been left empty.” LOCOG officials have “disclosed that on the first day of competition, up to 14 per cent of those who obtained tickets. ... did not turn up.” On subsequent days, the “stay-aways amounted to 58,000 and 50,000 -- making the average no-show figure to be nearly 60,000” (London TELEGRAPH, 8/1). In Boston, Shira Springer notes an “informal survey of a handful of venues Tuesday seemed to indicate an improving seat situation.” The Lithuania-Nigeria men's basketball game “drew a large, spirited crowd.” There were “unoccupied seats here and there at field hockey, but nothing glaring” (BOSTON GLOBE, 8/1). In London, John Simpson notes women’s soccer “hit new heights at Wembley Stadium last night, where a crowd of more than 70,000” watched Great Britain take on Brazil (LONDON TIMES, 8/1).