ATHENS OLYMPICS: Women's footballsemi-finals biggest flop with fans

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24 August 2004 , ATHENS - The women's football semi-finals were far and away the biggest flop with fans attending Monday's Olympic events, according to ticket sale figures released Tuesday. The Pampeloponnisiako stadium in Patras was only filled to eight percent of its capacity as just 1,417 fans turned up to watch Brazil beat Sweden 1-0, while 3,668 (15 percent) people were on hand in the Pankritio stadium in Heraklion as the United States beat world champions Germany 2-1 after extra time. While the Greek

24 August 2004

ATHENS - The women's football semi-finals were far and away the biggest flop with fans attending Monday's Olympic events, according to ticket sale figures released Tuesday.

The Pampeloponnisiako stadium in Patras was only filled to eight percent of its capacity as just 1,417 fans turned up to watch Brazil beat Sweden 1-0, while 3,668 (15 percent) people were on hand in the Pankritio stadium in Heraklion as the United States beat world champions Germany 2-1 after extra time.

While the Greeks have obviously decided to give women's football a miss, sports involving competitors and teams from the host nation continue to sell well.

There was a sell-out crowd of over 10,000 to cheer on the country's men's basketball team as it qualified for the quarter- finals with a win over Puerto Rico, while the Greek volleyball team and weightlifters also competed before full auditoriums.

Finals in table tennis, cycling and diving events were also well supported but preliminary games in the men and women's handball were played in arenas that were less than half full.

Athens Games organisers said 58,000 tickets were sold Monday for a total of 3.4 million, the target set before the Olympic Games began. Tickets for Sunday's closing ceremony are still available. 

DPA

Subject: German news 

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