Equestrian ticket sales 'not bad'

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 03 September, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 03 September, 2008, 12:00am

About 60 per cent of tickets for next week's Paralympic equestrian events have been sold, Hong Kong Equestrian Company chief executive Lam Woon-kwong said yesterday.

Mr Lam described the public response as 'not bad'. Tickets went on sale on Friday.

There will be 5,000 seats for spectators at the equestrian venue at Sha Tin during the Paralympics, down from 18,000 at the Olympic Games.

The competition will run for five days, beginning on Sunday. There are 23,400 tickets for sale, with a further 21,600 tickets to be distributed to local schools and educational groups. Mr Lam said more than 80 per cent of 'education tickets' had been given away.

Asked if spectators might be bored by the dressage competition, the only equestrian discipline in the Paralympics, Mr Lam said: 'A lot of spectators have an idea about what dressage is like after the Olympic Games. 'Most people buying tickets and coming to the venue are showing their support and interest in the Paralympics. I bet this will be a novel and educational experience for all of them.'

The Royal Park Hotel, used as the Olympic Village last month, has been adjusted to meet the needs of physically impaired athletes, with 48 rooms transformed into barrier-free spaces for wheelchair users.

There will be 600 volunteers at Sha Tin, with half having also been involved in the Olympics. Seventy-three athletes and 71 horses from 28 countries and regions will take part.