Korea Times wrote:Spectators who visited the Seonhak Gymnasium for a handball game were forced to return home as no tickets were available. But the arena was virtually empty.
Experienced that at the Seonhak Gymnasium myself last week. Six matches for men's handball that day, with the third match (14:00) being Japan - Korea, so that one I expected to be rather full. However, how many Korean fans do you think would stick around for Kuwait - Hong Kong (16:00), Qatar - Oman (18:00), and China - UAE (20:00)? Didn't make any difference to the ticket office staff though, who were adamant that all of the tickets were sold out and they weren't going to budge on the issue. Fortunately the hockey field is right across the street and the ticket office there had no problems selling tickets.
Also caught the morning (09:30) archery events on Friday, and when I asked a volunteer where to find the ticket office - to pick up my reserved tickets - I was told that tickets were sold out, but since that volunteer "had some time" he would still show me how to get to the ticket office. Gee, thanks. Brought my DSLR with a stock lens, took some pictures from the stands, and after 90 minutes a high school girl came up and told me that I couldn't take any more pictures because I had "a professional camera" and those aren't allowed. Odd, because none of the other volunteers had a problem with it. Nor did they have a problem with a group of monks leading the crowd in a chant of "대한민국" when everyone was supposed to be quiet for the archers to concentrate.
Korea Times wrote:Foreigners are also having difficulty buying tickets online, even though tickets the IAGOC says tickets have been set aside for them. "I tried to purchase tickets online, but a ‘flash error' kept popping up, and the directions that followed were in Korean," said a tourist surnamed Sieto, 27.
Had this problem using Mozilla Firefox. No surprise, everything went okay using Internet Explorer.
Other stories from my Asian Games include wandering around inside the main stadium the morning after the Opening Ceremony with nobody seeming to care what I was doing. (Was actually trying to find the cricket ground, which it turns out is down the street.) Caught more hockey today and some foreigners were raising a fuss after having their beer (two cans?) confiscated by staff. I heard one of them exclaim "But we have friends inside!" as I whisked by them, perhaps suggesting inconsistent enforcement. One of the universities is providing students to cheer during the hockey matches -- maybe that's where some of the missing tickets have gone? I've seen them 'supporting' India, Pakistan, Singapore, Sri Lanka, China, and even Japan.And at the hockey
Kim Twan-hae has a fascinating story to narrate. The 91-year-old’s memory has understandably faded a bit. But on the topic of the Korean War, it remains sharp as ever. [...]
On Thursday, Kim, along with a hundred other war veterans and their families, cheered the Indian hockey side in their group stage match of the Incheon Asian Games against Pakistan. The motley group was easily outnumbered and out-voiced by the 3,000-odd Pakistani fans at the Seonhak Hockey Stadium. But waving the tri-colour and proudly chanting “Indo!” every time Sardar Singh & Co. moved forward, these war veterans stood out in the crowd. - See more at: http://indianexpress.com/article/sports ... qZPG6.dpuf