Shut out of sporting events, fans sat in a field and watched highlights on massive television monitors while rows of seats went unoccupied. It's an image Olympic organizers aren't keen for the public to see. But the image was beamed worldwide and created uproar of rage from sports lovers - especially those who could not get tickets to the events.
What's to blame? It depends on whom you ask. Some say an overly complicated ticketing system while others point to corporate sponsors failing to fill their sections.
London 2012 Chairman Sebastian Coe offered up yet another theory – the empty sections have been reserved for sports officials who can spend limited time leisurely watching different events.
Organizers say they are now looking to fill seats with military, local school children and teachers or upgrading other ticket holders. Its cold comfort however to fans who find themselves shut out of different events.
One solution officials are considering is allowing fans to take open seats if they aren't filled within the first 30 minutes of the event.
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