Probe launched into empty Olympics venue seats

  • Olympic organizers have launched an investigation into why many seats were empty during events at venues including the Aquatics Centre in east London.

    Empty seats were also seen at Wimbledon, the volleyball competition at Earl's Court and the gymnastics at the O2 Arena.

    "Many of our venues were packed to the rafters today. Where there are empty seats, we will look at who should have been sitting in the seats, and why they did not attend,” said a spokesman for the London Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (Locog).

    "Early indications are that the empty seats are in accredited seating areas, but this is day one, and our end of day review will provide a fuller picture of attendance levels across all our venues."

    Sponsors are traditionally the worst culprits and London 2012 chairman Lord Sebastian Coe has previously threatened to name and shame companies that fail to use their tickets.

    The media are also likely to have not used their full allocations, as there is often less interest in the early heats than for the finals.

    Empty seats were one of the biggest problems at the Beijing Games and Lord Coe has pledged to prevent the same from happening in London.