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Sochi fans flock to Live Sites, take unpaid leaves to support Russian team

February 10, 2014, 18:42 UTC+3 SOCHI

Almost 60,000 tickets had been sold to competitions held on Sunday

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SOCHI, February 10. /ITAR-TASS/. Residents of Sochi, the host of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games, actively support Russian athletes at Live Sites or even taking unpaid leaves to fill Olympic stands.

To support the national team, they don’t necessarily have to buy tickets to Olympic stadiums, as special sites have been opened in four districts of the Black Sea resort city, where one can watch live broadcasts and in-between watch performances by renowned artists. All in all, about 40,000 people have visited these Live Sites in the first three days of the Olympic Games, sources from the city administration have told Tass.

According to the deputy mayor, Irina Romanets, these sites give working Sochi residents an opportunity to watch Olympic events or even get directly involved in them, all the more as all Live Sites are open till late into the night.

“The city authorities have particularly taken care of the youth. Holidays began at Sochi schools and universities on February 7 and will run until February 20, and new holidays will be announced between March 7 and 16 (when the Paralympics will be held),” she said. That is why, the bulk of the entertainment program was focused on children, Romanets added.

Fans are awaited at the sea port, in Dagomys and Lazarevskoye, at the Adler recreation park and at the Roza Khutor Roza ski resort. Additionally, 16 sites were opened at Sochi parks, where online presentations, games and entertainment programs are held on a daily basis. One even may be as lucky as to win tickets to Sochi events and support the Russian national team at Olympic stands.

Most active Sochi fans bought tickets to competitions in advance, taking unpaid leaves at work. Others, like pensioner Valentina Bratkova, for example, signed up as volunteers.

Visitors of the Olympic Park, where ice palaces are situated, are also kept busy ahead of competitions. Small kids are entitled to amusement rides, while adults - to photo sessions. The Red Rocks festival has opened at the park, where Latvian rock band Brainstorm will perform on February 13, Moscow-based electronic band Therr Maitz will perform on Saturday, and Bi-2, a popular Russian rock band, will entertain the guests next Monday.

Sources from the Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee said almost 60,000 tickets had been sold to competitions held on Sunday. They also noted that while cheering their national team, Russian fans were no less enthusiastic in supporting foreign national teams.

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