This is bad for such a huge investment: 1.5m tickets remain unsold
IT is the coldest ticket in town - of the 1.7 million Commonwealth Games tickets available, only 200,000 have been sold.
Four days out and the excitement levels are low in Delhi - even some locals who have been given free tickets are not going.
Of the 100,000 tourists expected, the Travel Agents Association of India now estimates only 10,000 to visit.
Other locals are fleeing, taking advantage of the "escape the Commonwealth Games" holiday packages.
One ticketing distributor said: "The problem is the tickets are too expensive."
The cheapest tickets start at 50 rupees ($1.15) for tickets to the netball and lawn bowls; and 100 rupees ($2.30) for bleacher seats in the athletics and rugby.
However, the ticket distributor said spectators would be best to stay at home.
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"You'd be better off watching it on TV, the seat is so bad," he said.
Ticket prices for the Opening Ceremony on Sunday range from 1000 ($23) to 50,000 ($1156) rupees. It is not sold out.
The World Bank says 828 million people in India live on less than $2 a day.
Yesterday, the Herald Sun visited an official ticketing office near Connaught Place and it was deserted for some time.
Brij Mohan Bhama, 58, a member of the All India Congress Committee, said he would not use his free tickets.
"I got passes. They gave me passes, but I am not going," he said. "I am not going because my interest is not there."
He added: "The negative publicity has gone on so much everyone is scared of buying tickets.
"People were expecting a lot of tourists to come but with negative publicity everywhere, no one is willing to come. They think the enjoyment is not there.
"The purpose of the Games was defeated because of that."
Mr Bhama believed the Games were good for India, sports people and tourism; but was disappointed the building of the stadiums was so delayed.
Traffic chaos has already ensued with the opening of the 24-hour Commonwealth Games traffic lane.
The poor have been banished from public spaces - hundreds of homeless have been rounded up and taken to shelters. Illegal street vendors are also being moved on by police.
The middle-class just want to get out of town. Office worker Nilish Jain, 38, is among those who will leave Delhi.
"It's too expensive to go to the Games," Mr Jain said. "I will be going on some kind of holidays."
But he added: "The population of Delhi is such a large population that even if the people of Delhi are planning to go out, it is still too many people here.
"I think the Games should be a success now. A lot of good work has been done with the Games.
"I am sure it will come out good," he said.