New Delhi (JPN/Bureau): Fearing it would have to face major embarrassment if the stands remained empty, the Executive Board of the Commonwealth Games gave nearly 30 per cent of the tickets on complimentary basis and even authorised Suresh Kalmadi for increasing this quota further.

The Board was also aware nearly 12 days in advance that most of the good seats in the stadiums were "killed" due to camera positions, placing of video screen, scoreboards but did not do anything to change the arrangement for providing better visibility to the audience, according to an RTI reply.
 
The Board rahther decided to distribute tickets free of cost to various people to fill the stadiums, it said.

The minutes of the Board meeting was informed that only 1.31 lakh tickets worth Rs 12.8 crore could be sold as against planned sale of 14 lakh tickets resulting from "negative publicity and uncertainty surrounding the Games".