QIguy24 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (9 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 2602 times:
Some european countries has also been worried about the security at the games. Some countries even brought their own "little" security team to look after them. But I can't remember which countries it was. I have only heard of it.
That is really a shame that it has to be like that at one of the most peaceful events in the world.
QIguy24 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (9 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 2595 times:
Don't get me wrong, I appreciate it too. I just think it sad that it has to be like that. With all these soldiers and police officers running around you all the time, I would get sick and tired of it. I would feel like a terrorist my self.
Just look in Atlanta 96' when the bomb went off. And in Munich 72' where the Israeli athletes got slaughtered. I can understand why they don't want things like that to happen again. So this is one fo the reasons I support all the security they can get as possible.
QIguy24 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (9 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 2544 times:
Sounds funny. But here they say that the tickets for this year is some of the most expensive tickets ever. And it's just not the tickets. Everything in Athens is expensive now. Hotels and so one. The prices has raised to almost the double. No one wants to use their lifesavings to watch some games.
I would love to see the Olympics live, but not at these costs.
SXFAN From Greece, joined Jan 2004, 371 posts, RR: 13
Reply 13, posted (9 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 2536 times:
So take an aircraft and come to support your athletes.
I was in the opening ceremony I was yesterday in weightlifting (our first medal at home) I will be today at the beach voley and at the closing ceremony.
But you have to know 1.that Greece has a small population, 2.was a victim of defamation by many foreign channels and journalists (mostly British , American and Australian) so there was a low flow of tourists for the games, 3.Indeed the 15th. of August is for the Greeks the peak time of their vacation so they evacuate any town center and they flee to the islands and the sea side resorts, 4.Kenteris and Thanou made the worst impression to the Greek fans and they discouraged them from attending the games, 5.and finally many sports are indeed in their early stages or there are not sports that are popular in Greece.
Come to the Games! believe me you will be amazed by the venues the environment in the stadiums and you will discover Athens.
We are waiting for you
Wing From Turkey, joined Oct 2000, 1559 posts, RR: 24
Reply 16, posted (9 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 2494 times:
Its not the first time in Olympic History that the attendance is so low,In Syndney games free tickets were given to increase the attendance and in Seul, soldiers and students were taken to stadium for free to make it look crowded.
I don't think the security should be a concern.I think security measures are the highest in history of the olympics(and the most expensive).The hotels and living expenses are increased due to the games and it may be a great factor also.
SX FAN,the opening ceremony was great,congradulations and thank you for such a great show .First winning the European Championship and hosting the Olypic Games,it must be a best year for Greece
Lewis From Greece, joined Jul 1999, 3623 posts, RR: 5
Reply 17, posted (9 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 2484 times:
It is true that many Athenians have left Athens for some vacation time since the 15th of August is for many a good opportunity to go away from the city but most people are still here because they were not given any time off during the Olympic Games.
The truth is that my country hasn't received the best publicity during the last couple of years and that discouraged a lot of potential visitors. Furthermore, prices WERE a bit high because most greeks involved with tourism wanted to earn as much as possible during the Olympics but because of the disappointing amount of tourists they lowered the prices (a bit late if I may say so). The prices were so good that I had the cheapest and longest holidays so far in the islands.
Iakobos From Belgium, joined Aug 2003, 3312 posts, RR: 35
Reply 21, posted (9 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 2467 times:
I second SXFAN's opinion to a certain point.
For an average Greek, tickets (for supposedly "hot" events) are very expensive.
Locals do not have a tradition of going to sports venues, even the popular ones, and they are basically not interested by the sport itself.
August is the holiday month, cities are deserted, and this is a long standing tradition.
There are contingency plans to bring in the army conscripts and the schools to fill in venues during the last days if the low attendance pattern remains.
SX, do not confuse defamation and criticism. If the Greeks had made everything voluntarily to draw criticism in the last years, they could not have done it better. When confronted by criticism, the relevant authorities are invariably reacting with their gutts instead of their brains, which does nothing but putting oil on the fire. They will never learn.
Did you see the Skynews journalist making a fool of security measures ?
I do not think that the Kenteris-Thanou-Tzekos saga has a marked influence on the attendance, except perhaps for a few hundred less during some athletic events. Found guilty or not, their constant irresponsible behaviour (it goes for years, not one week) is a shame and the federation should make sure to ban them representing their country in the future, and Tzekos for coaching anyone in any sport ever.(you know about his feats at AEK ?)
This said, the opening ceremony was a first class performance and everything sport-wise is very well organized. Good Games !
Qantasflyer From Australia, joined Mar 2004, 396 posts, RR: 2
Reply 23, posted (9 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 2395 times:
The news in Australia has been reporting that hotels have soared to astonishing prices. A three star hotel costs about $1000 AUD a night! thats roughly about 500 EURO. Many of the athletes families are camping out! Athens has lately been an expensive place to go on holidays i remember both in 98 and 02 it being extremely expensive. While i uderstand that organises want to make as much profit as possible and the Olympics being a golden opportunity to do so, that price for accomodation is simply unreasonable!
Qantasflyer That's the spirit. The Spirit of Australia!
Ovelix From Greece, joined Aug 1999, 639 posts, RR: 3
Reply 24, posted (9 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 2269 times:
Well, it seems that the attendance the past week has soared to full stadia and venues. On the first week of the games, Greeks were buying tickets with a rate of 80.000 per day!!! On August 18th they passed the 3 million tickets mark and by August 20 more tickets than in Barcelona were sold.
The main reasons for the low attendance on the first days were:
1) Relatively expensive tickets but not so expensive. But a Greek has to choose. He cannot watch 10 events, he buys for 5.
2) Three years of "terror" media reports made the americans, especially, reluctunt to attend.
3) Athens is an expensive city and everybody knows it.
4) Greece has a population of just 10 million. The locals are too few for such a large scale event.
5) The organisers thought that the foreigners would sweep the tickets. They were wrong and in July they launched a massive campaign in Greece in order to sell the (many) remaining tickets. Apparently they were succesfull.
The low attendace is a non issue the second week of the games. Of course some media are seeking every small opportunity to yell "bloody murder" for Athens. Untill today nothing has happened. Greece has organised and is running one of the most successful Olympic Games in history.
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: It is not just a days drive from the economic powerhouse nations of Europe, nor are there many direct flights from the states/canada/australia and asi
: There is a lot of money to be made by these olympics. I remember in 2000 a friend of mine going on holiday with his family to France and leasing out h
: Qantas, Either your friend is telling his dreams loudly, or his house is a huge mansion on the beach with view on the opera, speedboat at anchor, Fren
: Iakobos - You doubt my sincerity? I can assure you, having visited his large house on Sydney's north shore many times that his figures are accurate. n
: I do not doubt your sincerity, perhaps I am naive to think that someone would give 10,000$ (even Australians) per night just for renting a house, whic
: Let me list several reasons: Fears of terrorism, especially as Greece is relatively close to the middle-east and the war in Iraq. High costs of ticket