Pyeongchang Ticket Sales Are Sluggish So Far. Will the Rising Star of Kim Magnus Help?

Less than 10% of the tickets available for the cross country skiing events at the 2018 Pyeongchang Games are sold so far, the AFP news agency reports, quoting the  Pyeongchang Organising Committee for the Olympic Games (POCOG)

In the first round that opened on February 9th, exactly one year to go to the Games’ opening, the tickets were sold only to the South Koreans, who were, clearly, much more interested in the sports where their country traditionally excels, such as speed skating and figure skating.

The fact that the South Korea has one of the hottest up-and-coming stars of the cross-country skiing, an 18-year old Kim Magnus it its line-up, did not seem to affect the South Korean winter sport fans much so far.

Alpensia Cross-Country Centre has a capacity for 7500 spectators (4500 sitting/3000 standing) and will be a venue of the 12 xc skiing events of the Olympics – 6 women’s races and 6 men’s.

The tickets for the Olympic Games are expected to be apportioned 70-30, with a bigger sharing going to the local sport fans.

The cheapest tickets for the cross country skiing events are priced at around 20.000 South Korean Won – less than USD20 – but those are the prices for the locals, the foreign tourists will be expected to pay more.

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