Olympic organizers investigate empty seats
LONDON – Olympic organizers were investigating how rows of seats at some venues were left empty on the first full day of competition at the London Games.
Britain’s Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt said Saturday’s empty seats at venues including the Acquatics Centre were “very disappointing” and stadiums should be full to improve the atmosphere for athletes and spectators.”
London organizers, he said, “are doing a full investigation into what happened.” Hunt said he believes the empty seats belonged to sponsors.
The London Games organizing committee said in a statement emailed to The Associated Press it was looking into “who should have been sitting in the seats, and why they did not attend.”