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SBD Global/August 2, 2012/Olympics
Listings Website Craigslist Becomes Marketplace For Olympic Tickets
Published August 2, 2012
EMPTY SEATS: Also in London, Richard Alleyne wrote organizers at LOCOG have disclosed that "on the first day of competition," up to 14% of those who obtained tickets -- about 67,000 -- 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 (TELEGRAPH, 8/1). The London DAILY MAIL's Louise Eccles reported that "many of the stay-aways are VIPs who were given their tickets by sponsors" -- including for sold-out events such as swimming and gymnastics finals -- "but couldn't be bothered to use them." Labour MP for Barking in East London Margaret Hodge said, "This many unused tickets is shocking. If organisations are not going to use their tickets they should think about the people to whom it would mean an awful lot, and give them back and not be selfish." Labour MP and Member of the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee Tom Watson said, "This is a sporting tragedy. There are a lot of parents who have missed the once in a lifetime dream of taking their kids to the Olympics" (DAILY MAIL, 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).