Hockey, gymnastics getting best fan response
The build-up may have been marred by delays, corruption allegations and security fears but tickets for the October 3 to 14 Commonwealth Games are still selling like hot cakes, if the retail outlets are to be believed.other Updated: Sep 21, 2010 23:55 IST
The build-up may have been marred by delays, corruption allegations and security fears but tickets for the October 3 to 14 Commonwealth Games are still selling like hot cakes, if the retail outlets are to be believed.
"In the last two days, I have sold tickets worth Rs one lakh and twenty thousand," said Salman Siddiqui of Fast Trax restaurant chains, one of the retail outlets for tickets.
"Hockey has been the top draw with the October 10 match between Pakistan and India almost a sold out," said Siddiqui, adding that the remaining tickets would be sold out in a day or two at the most. The next on the list is, Gymnastics.
"Gymnastics is doing well. It is selling very well, even though it is not as popular as other sports," said another retailer.
However, shooting does not seem to be as popular a sport as hockey with the spectators, despite the fact that it garnered 27 medals in the last edition of the Games in Melbourne.
The retailers say big names are not able to attract people as much as they were expected to.
"Shooting is not selling like it was expected to," said Siddique.
Shooting aside, Rugby has also failed to click with the sports fans here with retailers saying that the least number of tickets have been sold for this sport. "Rugby is a new sport in India and people are still clueless about it.”