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commonwealth games - empty seats and sold out tickets

A lot has been said about how stadiums are empty when box offices are turning away people seeking tickets. Sure there will be many reasons. But these could also be some:

* For each day there are multiple sessions. At the national stadium where hockey is being staged, there are at least two sessions each day and in some days, three. One will start as early as 9 AM and the last would start in the evening at 6 PM. When India is playing in the evening session the crowd would naturally buy tickets only for this session. Even if there was a single ticket for the entire day, the crowd won't stay back as gap between two sessions were quite large.
* People who booked tickets through the internet would not have got the tickets as only two counters were functioning for them. I personally did not get two tickets as opportunity cost of wasting three - four hours - is higher than the cost of tickets.
* Die-hard fans would have loved season tickets. Many fans are not from economically well-off background to buy tickets each day. At least the authorities could have issued season tickets till the end of league matches. Thereafter daily tickets could have been sold.
* At most venues, a large section of the stadium is reserved. Most of them were empty. When India was playing Malaysia in the mixed team finals, one side of the stadium was jam packed, whereas the other side was sparsely populated. The same is in the case of National stadium where hockey is played. I think one bay is for players and it was 80% empty. There is no reason whatsoever to reserve so many seats when fans are turned away.

Having said this, the daily attendance per stadium will be more than its capacity in many stadiums. If hockey can accommodate 15,000 people, more people would have attended in a day when an Indian team played. But in sessions where India did not play, the attendance would naturally be low. The same will be true for other sports too- badminton, swimming, gymnastics etc.,

Despite widely reported withdrawal by athletes, some events threw up world class competition. When India played Malaysia in mixed team finals, the men's world number 1 and one of world's best doubles pair was on display, and Saina, the world number two was also playing.


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