Local World Cup officials remain optimistic about tickets sales for the event, which runs Wednesday through Sunday at the CenturyLink Center.
About 6,750 all-session tickets have been sold. That’s about 450 short of the goal, said Mike West, CEO of the Omaha Equestrian Foundation, which is organizing the competition.
About 12,430 single-session tickets have been sold, with the goal to sell a total of 22,000.
West said he hopes to reach that mark before the conclusion of the World Cup. Walk-up tickets for all sessions are available at the CenturyLink box office throughout the event.
On Tuesday crews were putting finishes touches on the arena where riders will compete in show jumping and dressage, sometimes referred to as "horse ballet" because of the intricate rider-horse movements.
About 800 tons of a mixture that includes dirt and polyester fiber covers the arena floor for the World Cup. The mixture was spread about a half-foot deep and is intended to provide just the right combination of stability and cushion for the 1,200-pound horses.
After preparations, the arena will seat about 13,500 spectators for the competition.
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