Fans have been limited at the Olympics, but the next hottest ticket involves a toy panda.
Lines are stretching down the block and people are bringing stools to sit on just for the opportunity to buy their own version of "Bing Dwen Dwen," the official mascot of the 2022 Winter Olympics.
Stores are struggling to keep up with demand, according to the Washington Post. Officials promised this week that production would ramp up at factories that are producing the toys.
At the official souvenir store one day this week, all 500 pre-sale orders were quickly purchased by people who lined up at the store the previous night, according to NPR.
The mascot sports a full body shell of ice like an astronaut suit, which helps it skate alongside athletes, and attempts to embody the strength and willpower of athletes while promoting the Olympic spirit. “Bing” means ice and “Dwen Dwen” represents children in Mandarin.
The giant panda is also aptly China’s national animal and a panda was among the five mascots for the 2008 Summer Games.