Organizers of the Winter Olympics announced Friday that one million tickets have been sold for the games in Sochi so far.
With more than a week to go, Sochi’s sales figures are still lower than the 2010 games in Vancouver (1.5 million tickets were sold) but already higher than that of the 2006 Torino Winter Olympics (which sold less than 1 million).
Sochi had its most attended event thus far on Thursday, when 106,000 fans crammed into Olympic Park to watch the Russian hockey team beat Slovenia 5-2. There are, however, reports that many early games have been frustratingly low in attendance, and that officials have scrambled to get volunteers to fill this seats. But this isn’t exactly new. The London Olympics called in the army to fill empty seats, Quartz reports.
Russia spent a record $51 billion on the games, which is $11 billion more than China spent on the 2008 Summer Olympics.