(BEIJING, October 29) -- At 9:00 a.m., on Tuesday, the second phase of the ticket sale for the Beijing Olympic Games was launched. As of 11 a.m., a total of 9,000 tickets had been sold through various channels, with the official ticketing website and the outlets of the Bank of China contributing to 98 percent of the sales.
The public has shown great interest from what was seen this morning. Some customers arrived at the Bank of China outlets very early to wait in line; the official website's page view volume reached eight million in the first hour of sales, and an average of 200,000 submissions per minute were recorded online. The ticketing hotline received over two million calls between 9 a.m. and 10 a.m.
Because of the excessive page view volume, the data processing capacity of the website's ticket distribution system has been affected, causing relatively slow speeds in the sale of tickets through the various distribution channels and causing the online registration system to be unavailable temporarily. The BOCOG Ticketing Center is taking measures to enhance the system's processing capacity and to improve the operational conditions. Under the circumstances, ticket buyers purchasing tickets through the Bank of China outlets or the call center may need to try again later.
The BOCOG Ticketing Center advises ticket buyers to be patient and reminds online buyers to refrain from clicking on the same page repeatedly, which might add to the present traffic jam online.