Ticket Sales – Average Attendance of Olympics
The ticket sales numbers do not represent the number of people who attend the Games. The ticket sales data does not indicate who purchased multiple tickets, and attend multiple events. One person could buy ten tickets, and attend ten separate events. Therefore, eight million tickets sold does not mean eight million people attended the events.
The IOC bid applications specify a need for 45,000 hotel rooms for a host city. If four people stay in each hotel room, that is 180,000 guests per night for the host city, not millions of people invading a host city.
If 180,000 people bought 8 million tickets, that is 44 tickets per person.
For London 2012, the number of tickets sold was around 9 million tickets. This is total sales for the nearly 30 events. These events have multiple days of competitions .
For Atlanta 1996, the best place to look for ticket sales data is in Volume 1 of the 1996 report, page 539 (Page 554 in the PDF reader). This lists the Venue by Venue data, and includes the highest number of tickets sold per venue.
Page 460 (page 475 of PDF reader) starts the Ticket Sales chapter. Specific ticket sales per sport are listed on page 466 (Page 481), for over 8.3 Million tickets sold for Atlanta 1996.
The Official London 2012 report is not yet available.
The 2008 Beijing report is here.
Atlanta1996 sold 8.3 Million, and CNN reports London 2012 sold 9 Million or an average is 8.7 million tickets sold.
The biggest issue Tulsa faces is perception. People perceive that city population is a key requirement, when population is not a criteria in the IOC bid requirements.
The important requirements are listed in the IOC Candidature documents and Tulsa matches up to the venue requirements as Atlanta.
The Tulsa2024 Exploratory Committee knows there is presently a shortage of 16,000 hotel rooms, however, Rio won the 2016 bid with an acknowledged shortfall of 12,000 hotel rooms. Rio won the bid because they had a proposal on how to solve the hotel room shortfall. Rio’s solution is a combination of building rooms, and bringing cruise ships. Tulsa2024 proposed to solve the shortfall problem with Private Housing, River cruise ships, luxury RV parks, and new hotels.
On another note, Rio was actually in 5th place in the final four of the 2016 bid, and came from behind to win. The key is to stay in the game, and just get invited to the next step.