Olympics: Fans wowed by Sochi show, even at $1,267 a ticket
SOCHI, Russia (AFP) - Fans may have paid US$1,000 (S$1,267) a ticket to see the opening ceremony of the Sochi Winter Olympics, but insisted it was value for money for a trip through Russia's history and culture.
The show - which featured a ballet performance, opera singer Anna Netrebko and some impressive props flying over the spectators - was "superb, beautiful", a group of Frenchmen praised as they exited the lit-up Fisht stadium.
"Good luck to whoever comes next and has to put on a better show than that," said Mr Evin Arnaud, who had decided with his buddies to travel to the Black Sea resort for a weekend to take in the Olympic atmosphere.
"It was so exciting, so nice," chipped in Mr Fukai Takayuki from Tokyo, who like his friend Kazunari Takishima was in full supporter mode with a characteristic Japanese headband on his forehead and a flag draped around his shoulders.