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Before Euro 2008 started, Viennese government officials saw the tournament as a chance to showcase the city's high culture. Soccer fans could wander
amongst the famous artwork hanging in the Albertina or maybe catch a performance at the Vienna Opera House before watching the evening's games. But museum officials are lamenting low crowds
and a ballet scheduled on the day of the final was canceled.
"It's never been this bad," complained Wilfred Seipel
, director of Kunsthistorisches
Museum, which has seen attendance decrease by 60 percent during the tournament, according to the New York Times
The expected interest in the
humanities never materialized because soccer fans of have been following a strict diet: eating, drinking, and watching soccer.
Only 30 percent of the seats for the June 29 ballet at
the Vienna State Opera had been sold, prompting its cancellation. Director Ioan Holender
said prospects of a city crowded with soccer fans for the Euro 2008 final deterred ballet