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Olympic ticket sales take off

A total of 80,000 tickets for the Olympic Games were sold last week, nearly three times the June weekly average of 28,000 tickets, the Athens 2004 Organizing Committee (ATHOC) said yesterday. Another two ticket issuing booths will start operating from this morning to deal with the «impressive increase in demand,» ATHOC said. The first is in the pedestrianized area on Korai Street, central Athens, and the second is at Kastalia Square, next to the Maroussi electic railway (ISAP) station, the committee said. ATHOC reiterated that around 2,150 tickets – from all price categories – were still available for the opening and closing ceremonies and for the track events at the main Olympic stadium in Maroussi. Ticket booths continue to operate at the Panathenaic Stadium, ATHOC’s headquarters in Nea Ionia, Aristotelous Square in Thessaloniki, Aghiou Nikolaou Square in Volos, Trion Symmachon Square in Patras, and Eleftheria Square in Iraklion.