February 22, 2018 11:16
The number of spectators who have visited the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang is expected to surpass 1 million soon.
"The cumulative number of spectators as of Tuesday has reached 984,000," the organizing committee of the Olympics said on Tuesday. "At this rate, it is likely to hit 1 million on Wednesday." The figure includes staff, volunteers and local residents who were given some free tickets.
More than 1.04 million tickets have been sold so far, already reaching 98 percent of target sales (about 1.07 million). This is a great jump from just before the opening ceremony when some 830,000 tickets were sold.
The committee attributed the surge to a growing interest in the Olympics and group purchases from businesses and local governments as the Games have gotten underway.
"Ticket sales will exceed 1.1 million overall as there are still some matches left in popular disciplines including short track speed skating, speed skating and curling," the committee said.
Tickets for curling matches are especially popular, boosted by the Korean women's curling team's unexpected winning streak. Moreover, curling matches happen almost every day, and a ticket costs just W40,000, a quarter of the amount for short track speed skating.
However, some note that there is a huge gap between popular and less popular events in terms of ticket sales. Snow sports like Alpine skiing have few spectators, as many people do not expect Korean athletes to win medals in these events.
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