The 2012 Olympics in London seemed to play out in its first few days without so much as a hitch. There was Danny Boyle’s Olympic opening spectacular, security is top notch and the games are going off as scheduled, but there’s one problem lurking in the background and no one is quite sure how this happened.
The majority of the world is watching the 2012 Olympics on TV and something in background of the games seems to stand out. The tickets for the Olympic Games are reported as “sold out,” according to the Washington Post, but if this is the case, what’s up with all the empty seats that stick out like a sore thumb on TV?
The Telegraph out of London reports that 12,000 seats remained empty over the weekend at various Olympic events combined. Pictures, like the one above, show just how empty some of the events actually were at the Olympic events. The young athletes competing could not get tickets for their family members to watch, yet all these seats sat empty.
People in London, who would love to sit in the audience and witness history in the making, are told that there are no more tickets left, but that’s not the way it looks on the TV. Some of the events have so many empty seats that it looks as if the 2012 Summer Games are just not sparking spectator interest, but that couldn’t be further from the truth.
People in London who have seen these empty areas of seats are not happy, especially after they were told they couldn’t purchase a ticket because events were sold out. The events in question are some of the most popular, like gymnastics and swimming.
A quick fix was put in place for Sunday where the Olympic organizers offered free tickets to British troops and schoolchildren. The empty seats were blamed on the sponsors not using the seats awarded to them when stepping onboard as a sponsor to the Summer Olympics.
Pointing the finger at the sponsors wasn’t received well as several sponsors including McDonalds, Coca-Cola and Visa issued statements denying that they had failed to use their tickets.
Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt, the ministry responsible for the Olympics, said Saturday that “The organizing committee is doing a full investigation into what happened. . . . We think it was accredited seats that belong to sponsors, but if they are not going to turn up, we want those tickets to be available for members of the public, because that creates the best atmosphere.”
While the seating situation looked better on Sunday, as the free tickets helped filled up the seats, some of the events still had empty seats. The Men’s basketball game, where the U.S beat France, and the equestrian event, where Zara Phillips competed, both had spotty vacancies apparent on camera, according to the Telegraph.
Reference: The Washington Post, The Telegraph UK
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