Ticket sales for the Pyeongchang 2018 Paralympics have reached 320,531, breaking the record for the most tickets sold for a Winter Games edition ©Getty Images

Ticket sales for Pyeongchang 2018 have reached 320,531, breaking the record for the most ever sold for a Winter Paralympic Games. 

By yesterday evening, sales had surpassed the 316,200 sold for Sochi 2014.

They are now almost double the 162,974 sold for Turin 2006. 

The Opening Ceremony on Friday (March 9) was attended by 21,000 people with 72.5 per cent of tickets sold.

A total of 105,966 people purchased tickets for the first three days of competition with a turn-out rate of 75 per cent.

Among the three most well attended sessions so far was yesterday morning's wheelchair curling , which had an attendance of 86 per cent for South Korea's match against Canada.

The others were ice hockey on Saturday (March 10), with South Korea versus Japan attracting an attendance of 82 per cent, and yesterday evening's wheelchair curling, which had an attendance of 81 per cent for South Korea's clash with Germany.

With six days of competition still remaining, it is claimed Pyeongchang 2018 has sold 90 per cent of tickets for all remaining sessions. 

There remains availability for all sessions, including the medal matches for wheelchair curling and ice hockey, as well as the Closing Ceremony on Sunday (March 18).

The selling of tickets had been one of the main concerns for the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) in the build-up to Pyeongchang 2018, with sales of just 0.2 per cent recorded in early October.

It was also the case for the International Olympic Committee ahead of the Winter Olympics, which took place in Pyeongchang from February 9 to 25.

IPC President Andrew Parsons predicted last week that ticket sales for Pyeongchang 2018 Winter could break the Games record.

The Opening Ceremony of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Paralympics had a crowd of 21,000 ©Getty Images
The Opening Ceremony of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Paralympics had a crowd of 21,000 ©Getty Images

"It is fantastic news that Pyeongchang 2018 has now sold a record number of tickets to the Paralympic Winter Games, beating the record previously set in Sochi," said Parsons.

"After three days of competition, the response from the athletes and Koreans has been outstanding. 

"Athletes are thriving on the energetic support from the crowds and are delivering some exceptional performances as a result.

"These Games are record breaking in more ways than one. 

"With more athletes, countries, media and broadcasters than ever before, it is great that the ticket record has fallen so quickly. 

"I now hope Pyeongchang2018 can increase the sales target further with six days of competition still to go."

Pyeongchang 2018 President Lee Hee-beom added: "We are delighted with the record ticket sales that we have achieved at Pyeongchang 2018. 

"The people of South Korea have embraced the passion of the Games and many are experiencing Para-sports for the very first time.

"The number of visitors from overseas has also been a joy to see - lots of flags and fancy dress on show at the venues, creating a wonderful atmosphere and stage for these amazing athletes to perform.

"We have six more days of action to enjoy and I would encourage everyone to come and share this special moment with us."

A lot of empty seats have been seen during wheelchair curling action with Pyeongchang 2018 spokesperson Sung Baik-you putting this down to the sport being so "time-consuming".

"Of course it would help if we sold more for curling," he said.