Lackluster Taipei Universiade ticket sales raises questions

Taipei--Although only about 200,000 tickets for the 2017 Summer Universiade had been sold as of Aug. 4, the sales are expected to increase once a complete games schedule becomes available, a city government official said Thursday.

The event will officially kick off Aug. 19 and run through Aug. 30, covering 256 competitions in 22 categories. However, as of Aug. 4, only 206,409 out of the 702,109 tickets available for the games had been sold, according to data provided by the Taipei Universiade Organizing Committee.

Taipei City Councilor Chen Ping-fu (???) questioned the poor sales performance during a hearing at the Taipei City Council.

Chen noted that the sale rates for seven of the competitions were below 1 percent, while those for 60 others were between 1 percent and 10 percent.

Chen further pointed out that a mere eight tickets had been sold for a basketball game scheduled for Aug. 24 at University of Taipei's Tianmu Gymnasium, which can seat 1,726 spectators, while only 15 tickets for a soccer competition at Fu Jen Catholic University Stadium, with a seating capacity of 4,078 spectators, had been sold.

In response, organizing committee spokesman Yang Ching-tang (???) said that since the Summer Universiade is an international multi-sport event offering a wide range of choices for games, it takes time for spectators to decide which events they want to attend.

Yang said that sales will pick up after the release of competition teams' schedules and rosters.

Tickets for the event are available through the official event website, ticketing websites and ticketing machines at convenience stores, according to the organizing committee.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel