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."
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