This week, we headed to the Olympic football stadium (the Shanghai indoor stadium, to be exact), just to have a look. We ended up buying tickets for the evening’s football game: Norway vs. Japan (women’s preliminaries). OK, so we hadn’t really expected Beijing style mobs, but to get four tickets for less than 100 kuai each still felt a little too easy. Tickets for the rest of this week’s matches were still available on Tuesday, even some for next weeks’ women’s semifinal. The men’s semi final had sold out, but tickets for the bronze game were still available.
And well, we usually don’t watch sports, but this is the Olympics, it’s cheap, and just a few subway stops away. We’re only wondering if these empty seats were part of the Olympic budget.
Tickets for the football preliminaries can be bought at the Shanghai Indoor Stadium, ( 上海体育馆), take subway line 1 or 4 to get there.
Wednesday update: As of today, there seem to be very few tickets left, and only purchase of tickets for same-day matches is now allowed.