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Twenty percent of tickets unsold at Rio


About 20 percent of Rio Olympic tickets remain unsold, officials say.

Out of the 1.2 million tickets sold so far, about 75 percent of them have been sold to Brazilian local spectators.

Ticket sales from the opening ceremony ranged between 10 and 1,150 dollars.
More than half the tickets cost 17 dollars or less.

“The popular price we don’t have any more, because everybody bought it at first, and now there’re just these expensive ones. That’s life. So it’s kind of hard to buy this one,” a Brazilian spectator said.

“For the Brazilian people, it’s too much. It’s good for the other people in the world, but to Brazilian people it’s too much,” another added.

During the first days of entry, security screening in the morning hours had an impact on the ability of people to get in.

Some spectators, especially those with children had to go home.

Most spectators did not come for the games not because of the tickets but due to expensive lodging and feeding.

During the London Olympics, 8.2 million out of the 8.5million tickets issued for the games were sold.

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