Beijing Olympic officials said nearly 300,000 spectators attended Sunday events, China's state news agency Xinhua reported.

According to the Beijing Organizing Committee for the Games (BOCOG), Olympic venues on Sunday welcomed 290,288 spectators, 512 teams, 3,865 athletes, 2,774 team officials, 1,254 technicians and 7,731 journalists, Xinhua reported.

Despite claims that the Olympics had sold out, several media outlets reported that there were clearly empty seats at several venues. Out of 18 venues that hosted events on Sunday, 10 did not reach 80% capacity, according to BOCOG.

Attendance figures aside, visitors to Beijing during the Olympics appear to be spending.

According to Visa, nearly $10 million was spent on Visa cards on the opening day of the Games, Aug. 8, an 11% increase over the same day last year. Of that figure, the majority (19%) was spent by Americans, followed by customers from Japan, Hong Kong, South Korea, the U.K, and Taiwan.


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