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EMPTY SEATS: What’s with all the empty seats? While attendance was at 92.5 percent capacity over the first four days of the World Cup, game after game has showed gaping holes where people should be sitting. “As South Africa, we got the stadiums built, and all FIFA had to do was sell the tickets,” says Ivo Vegter, a sports columnist for The Daily Maverick, an online South African news publication. “They seem to have made a cock-up of it.” The cost of a flight to Africa and the region’s reputation for insecurity deterred sales, say officials. Pedestrians are seen walking in front of a ticket office at Soccer City Stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa, on June 7.

PHOTO: Ivan Alvarado/Reuters

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