The aspiring Giro spectators have expressed great dissatisfaction given the prolonged wait for hours online to secure passes for the opening ceremony of the prestigious Italian race.
The prolonged wait was mostly due to the staggering demands for the Giro inaugural ceremony tickets that caused online delays.
Thousands of fans were spotted trying to gather tickets for this free of charge event which is to be hosted on 8th May at Belfast City Hall. The opening ceremony would have 9 elite riders from the 22 contesting squads appearing before the public.
A net total of around 5,400 passes were available since 9 a.m. last Thursday & all of them were allocated within 5 hours shortly post 2 p.m. Each of the passes allows up to 2 persons.
As per the market reports, many fans have expressed discontent regarding the delays experienced while securing tickets online. Twitter seemed awash with grievances from several quarters where the fans complained about rejoining queue forcefully as the ticket site froze.
J. Hobbs, an avoid cycling enthusiast & blog writer had to wait for as long as 4.5 hours for the tickets.
“It was something like a nightmare”, said Hobbs. “I was not at my home & hence I was trying on my cell phone. It did not seem to be a smart arrangement”, added in the 35-year-old cycling enthusiast.
Around 600 fans were spotted queuing up out-side the Visit Belfast portal since early morning and luckily they had a very hassle-free experience. However, according to sources nearly 1,100 passes weren’t disclosed to public. Just over hundred have been kept aside for fifty-one city councilors of Belfast who would receive 2 each. The other passes have been reserved for the senior council officers, sponsors, media and event organizers.