Only 57% of tickets sold for Pan Am events

While Pan Am organizers made a last-ditch attempt to boost sales by releasing new blocks of tickets Monday, only about 57% of tickets for the games have been sold with only four days to go before the opening ceremony.

Fewer than 800,000 of the 1.4-million tickets available for Pan Am events had been sold as of Monday.


Honestly I find that figure hard to believe. Douchebaggery is afoot.

  • David Murrell

    Yes, but over at CBC News, reporter Ron “One Sided” Charles said that “two-thirds of the Pan AM tickets have been sold, and organizers said that they are confident that last minute walk-up tickets will be sold”.

    So we can all breathe easier, now that CBC News says there is no problems on the ticket front.

    • I suspect sold means given away.

      • mobuyus

        More like foisted upon some hapless found- ins to be.

      • mauser 98

        secret slush fund for ticket give aways somewhere
        ….imagine who shows up

      • WalterBannon

        or put in a shredder…

      • kkruger71

        Much like when I worked for the Argos. I literally could not give them away.
        My guess is out of those 800,000 you will find a ton of politicians, media people, bureaucrats, and friends and neighbours of those listed.

        • Reader

          I think you hit the nail on the head with that comment.

    • ntt1

      Attendance is probably mandatory for all government positions, with a free ticket of course.

    • WalterBannon

      math is not a lefty skill

  • ntt1

    years ago when i was working my way through technical theatre there was a term called “comp the hell out of it ” it was a hail mary pass for dud shows in the often futile belief that lots of freebees would get people talking about it and hopefully buying tickets .It never worked or if it did it worked against you as the freebees usually had the same opinion of the show and simply multiplied the negative word of mouth.

    • David Murrell

      From 1970 to 1971 I worked as a janitor at the now-defunct “Le Hibou” live-entertainment coffeehouse on Sussex street, in the Bytown Market area of Ottawa. I only worked on Fridays and Saturday, when there would normally be a crowd. But the same acts would also play from Tuesday through Thursday, when the audiences were smaller. But if a less-popular act came in, say on Tuesday, there might be very few no audience members at all. When that happened, the assistant manager would run off to my apartment, one block away, and invite me and any other hippies lying around to become an instant “audience”, mostly to impress the Ottawa Citizen reviewer who would drop by on Tuesday. Needless to say we were expected to clap loudly.

      • ntt1

        The entire technical floor at CBC Vancouver filled the same function we were issued with flash generators(bogus camera flashes) and moved to camera shot to fill holes in the audience.I believe this is now policy in Ottawa with house of commons broadcasts.

  • Surele Surele

    Hey Liberals, leave my money alone!!!!!!!!!!

  • AmicusC

    I like this in light of that columnist whining about tdot not getting the world cup and crying that Edmonton got it. That’s some delicious salt

  • Clausewitz

    Funny, I have yet to meet anyone who is going to this fiasco.