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article imageEmpty seats seen in some major events in London 2012 Olympics

By Leo Reyes     Jul 29, 2012 in Sports
Despite reports of a shortage of tickets for major events in the ongoing 2012 London Olympics, many empty seats were seen in different venues where some major sports events are being held.
Television footage on the second day of competition show empty seats in swimming, tennis and volleyball, among other sports events.
Reuters also reported there was plenty of space to stretch out in the Olympic Park.
According to the report by the Telegraph, commentators noted that some people who were unable to buy tickets for their desired events; took to social media like Facebook and Twitter to vent their anger on the ticket shortage, only to find out later that many seats in major events were not yet taken.
Officials at London's Organising Committee of the Olympic Games (LOCOG) said they are looking into the reports.
Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt, the minister responsible for the Olympics, expressed his disappointment over the empty seats report, knowing that the public was deprived of tickets due to prior bookings.
"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. So we are looking at this very urgently at the moment," Hunt said.
Some visitors who have anticipated a huge turnout of people in London and in specific events venues observed there were actually less people seen as the competition enters its second day.
Kyle Sutherland, a 22-year-old American sports management student on a course in London told Reuters he had been touring sports facilities all over Britain and been to many in the United States, but said the Olympic Park felt the most open.
"The park is so spacious it doesn't feel crowded with the amount of people in it," he said
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