Locog, the organisers of the London 2012 Olympics, are investigating why many seats were empty at ‘sold-out’ venues across the opening couple of days of the games.
Empty seats have been found at venues including Wimbledon, the Aquatics Centre, the Basketball Arena, the O2 Arena for Gymnastics and Earls Court for Volleyball.
It’s believed some of these empty seats are for accredited groups such as media and governing bodies, as well as corporate guests.
London 2012 chairman Lord Coe has previously threatened to name and shame companies who do not use their tickets.
Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt has said: “Well it’s very disappointing as one of our main priorities was full stadiums as they create the best atmosphere. Locoq are doing a full investigation into what’s happened, we think it was accredited seats that belong to sponsors. If they’re not going to turn up, we want those tickets available to members of the public. We’re looking at this very urgently at the moment.”
Simon Paice – News Editor
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