Only 30,000 of the British public will be in the Olympic Stadium on Sunday night for the final of the men's 100m with Usain Bolt and Yohan Blake, angering hundreds of thousands of local fans who have wanted to witness the Olympic excitement up close
London Olympic organisers have failed to manage expectations, after promising 75 per cent of tickets would go to the British public and that it would be "fans up front".
But British fans will take up only every second seat in the stadium. The men's 100m final was 10 times oversubscribed during the ballot ticket sales.
Broadcasters have predicted the men's 100m final will attract a British television audience of 15 million, or one in four of the UK population.
Locog spokeswoman Jackie Brock-Doyle confirmed that as few as 30,000 of the the men's 100m final tickets were sold to the British public, with another 30,000 tickets going to overseas fans and thousands to sponsors.
The overall capacity of the stadium, after taking out some seats hidden behind broadcast positions is around 75,000.
Several thousand seats have also been put aside for the Olympic Family of international Olympic Committee members, royalty and VIPs. Ever since the first UK ballot sales, the Locog chairman Lord Coe has promised the British public would have 75 per cent of the tickets, with the rest going to foreign sales through National Olympic Committees (12 per cent), sponsors (eight per cent), and the international sports federations and broadcasters (five per cent).
But the overall percentages have been skewed by the large percentage of tickets available to the public at the football.
Locog have hit back at criticism of empty seats at the stadiums, after they have publicised the events are sold out.
Brock-Doyle said there had been 562,000 spectators on Friday across all venues, representing 89 per cent capacity. The Olympic Park alone had 221,000 spectators on Friday.
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