Spectators Are Not Showing Up To Olympic Events

Spectators Are Not Showing Up To Olympic Events


Spectators Are Not Showing Up To Olympic Events

Feb 9, 2018; Pyeongchang, South Korea; A lone spectator sits in the stands for men’s alpine skiing downhill training at Jeongseon Alpine Centre during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Swinger-USA TODAY Sports

Olympic organizers claim that they have sold more than 90% of available seats to the events, but that  transportation problems and cold weather have kept ticket holders from attending.

Pyeongchang officials have reportedly turned to volunteers to help fill space.

The alpine ski events have seen particularly low attendance. In both the speed and technical events crowds have been in the low hundreds. This compared to a World Cup ski event in Austria, Switzerland, France or Italy, where the crowds can reach up to 40,000.

Feb 16, 2018; Pyeongchang, South Korea; Fans of Norway watch from the stands during the venue ceremony after the mens cross country 15km freestyle at the Pyeongchang 2018 Olympic Winter Games at Alpensia Cross-Country Centre. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kryger-USA TODAY Sports

This is nothing new.  Both the 2014 Sochi Games and the 2006 Turin Games had venues that were near empty.

The truth is that with NBC paying $7.65 billion to extend its broadcast rights through 2032 and huge corporate sponsorships the IOC doesn’t really need ticket revenue.

That being said, it would be nice to see more people turning out to support their countries and athletes.

Feb 18, 2018; Gangneung, South Korea; A view of the stands during the game between United States and Finland in the women’s ice hockey semifinals during the Pyeongchang 2018 Olympic Winter Games at Gangneung Hockey Centre. Mandatory Credit: David E. Klutho-USA TODAY Sports

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