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No-Shows at Olympic Venues

Olympic organizers are perplexed:

Olympic swimming star Michael Phelps won his third gold medal in an arena with at least 500 no-shows; the U.S. Olympic softball team played in a stadium only about 30 percent full; and 10 of 18 venues did not reach 80 percent capacity Sunday, organizers admitted.

To remedy the problem, officials are encouraging residents to apply for access to the heavily secured Olympic park, and calling on teams of state-trained "cheer squads" identifiable by their bright yellow T-shirts to help fill the empty seats and improve the atmosphere.

"We are concerned about the not-full stadiums," Wang Wei, executive vice president and spokesperson for the Beijing organizing committee, said Monday morning. "Many factors are contributing to this. We are now trying to manage that. ..... [As] for the Olympic green ..... yesterday they saw not many people inside."

By Amy Shipley  |  August 12, 2008; 11:03 AM ET
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some of these posts would make great stories. can you guys write more full length stories and less blogs full of inaccurate information?

Posted by: olympics | August 12, 2008 1:59 PM | Report abuse

It is sad because some scalptors bought tickets in mass quantities and tried to sell them in black market for hefty price. Those who wanted to attend, couldn't get tickets, and weren't willing to pay the scalptors. Also, China turned down lots of visa applications overestimating the olympics attendance. My parents for example weren't able to get visas because they said the visa reserve was out. Now, we all may apply for another visa and watch the rest of the game if there are opportunity.

Posted by: diana | August 13, 2008 2:20 PM | Report abuse

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