The embarrassment continues at the World Expo 2010 in Shanghai, China.
The World Expo 2010 made headlines in yesterday’s Hong Kong newspapers for all the wrong reasons. Video footage has today emerged of the stampede that has rumoured to have cost one person’s life at the Expo. Hong Kong’s media is reporting one death. Officials have denied any allegation of death by stampede. Nonetheless, the footage is enough to scare people. Crazy girls are enough to send any sane person running. Combine that with the Chinese’s lack of respect for queuing and order, and you’ve got a potential disaster.
The Korean pop concert on 30 May 2010 featured three heavyweights: Super Junior, Kangta and BoA. Each has the potential to sell out stadiums in their own right. That’s the first factor in understanding the reason why a stampede occurred.
The second, and possibly the most important factor is that the cost of a ticket was only RMB 90 with an Expo ticket. That is five times cheaper than the cost of the cheapest Super Junior tickets in their 2009 Shanghai concert.
So what ended up happening? 5,000-10,000 people vied to secure only (depending on which report) 500-2,500 tickets on offer. People were already waiting (not queuing) outside the arena the night before. When the crowd realised that all the tickets had been distributed, they began to get violent, and the sentiment spread throughout the crowd. In the commotion, it was reported that a girl was pushed from the second storey and fell to her death. The stampede caused hundreds to be hospitalised.
See the video to find out how bad the situation became.
The very famous Japanese pop group SMAP is performing in Shanghai on 13 June 2010. Will the same scenes be repeated?