As Liu Xiang Tumbles Out of Hurdles, Ticket Prices Fall

Translated from the Chinese that was published on page 24 of Lianhe Zaobao, Singapore’s flagship Chinese daily, on August 22, 2008.

As the news of Chinese hurdler Liu Xiang not participating in the 110-meter hurdles event at the Beijing Olympics Games broke, black-market ticket prices for the event’s finals tumbled correspondingly.

Prices of what used to be the most sought-after ticket on the black market now cost 75 percent less than what they used to cost.

A ticket scalper outside the Beijing National Stadium on Thursday night said that before Liu Xiang fell out from the competition, an 800-yuan (about US$107) could fetch prices up to ten times its current worth.

When it was announced that Liu would no longer compete in the race, one scalper was willing to part with a ticket for 2,500 yuan two days ago. As of Thursday night, 2,000 yuan the maximum price scalpers were willing to sell the tickets for.

However, some last-minute buyers who arrived at the stadium said that even without Liu, having a chance to be inside of the stadium was worth the exorbitant ticket price in itself.

Krass, an information systems consultant from Germany, began his bicycling trip around the world from his hometown of Frankfurt in March, and deliberately planned his schedule so that he could be in Beijing in August. Dressed in a T-shirt and shorts, he was found negotiating with scalpers to buy a ticket into the stadium.

“2,000 yuan, it’s worth it. There are so many people in China, so there’s no fear of having no buyers for these tickets,” said Krass.

The original in Chinese

少了流翔跨栏决赛票价大跌

文:孙伟伦

刘翔推出比赛以后,21日奥运男子110米跨栏决赛的门票价格也像下滑的过山车般急挫。这个原本是奥运黄牛票市场上炒得最火热的门票,到了昨晚开赛是黄牛价格足足跌了75%。

根据本报昨晚在国家体育场(俗称”鸟巢”)外了解到的”市场行情”,在刘翔退赛前,一张票面价格800元(人民币,下同,约160新币)的门票当时是被抄高了10倍。握有刘翔决赛门票的黄牛党还”牛”劲十足地坚持一口价,非8000元以上不卖。

结果在周一刘翔宣布退赛后,票价一路滑跌,两天前听说有人愿意以2500元脱手。到了昨晚,个别黄牛”档口”的出价只剩2000元。

不过,仍有一些在最后一分钟赶来买票的受访者告诉本报说,虽然没有刘翔,能够一睹”鸟巢”的建筑风采以及领略在其中看比赛的滋味,买高价票还是值得的。

德国游客库拉斯(42岁,资讯系统顾问)今年3月开始从法兰克福骑脚踏车环游世界,他特地安排行程让自己能在奥运期间来到北京。为了能到鸟巢看一场比赛,他认为花2000元买张票进场,还是值得。他还说:”中国人口那么多,这样的价格应该很多人出得起。”


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