Massive demand caused the Beijing Olympic ticketing system to collapse on Tuesday as a second phase of sales for people living in China got under way, officials said.
More than 200,000 Internet ticket applications for next year’s Games were submitted each second at some points on Tuesday, jamming the site, the Beijing Organising Committee for the Olympic Games (BOCOG) said in a statement. The BOCOG website received eight million hits in the first hour of sales alone, the statement said. “The website and phone lines are jammed. Even I can’t get through by phone to the ticketing centre,” Wang Yue, a BOCOG spokeswoman, told AFP. [Full Text]
[Image: A pedestrian walks past a banner promoting Beijing 2008 Olympic Games tickets, from Channelnewsasia.com.]