There Are Empty Seats At The Olympics And Organizers Are Investigating Why

Jul 28, 2012; London, United Kingdom; Mary King (GBR) riding Imperial Cavlier (24) on day one of the Dressage competition in the London 2012 Olympic Games at Greenwich Park. Mandatory Credit: Ford McClave-USA TODAY Sports

Empty seats at the Olympics have led to a full investigation.

The competition is well underway at the 2012 London Olympics, but many of the athletes are competing in front of a less than capacity crowd and Olympic organizers are now investigating the cause of the empty seats.

Full rows of seats were left empty during the day one events at the Aquatics Center with Britain's Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt calling the open seats, "very disappointing." Hunt said the empty seats take away from the atmosphere.

To fix the problem, London organizers are launching a full investigation. In a statement to the Associated Press the organizing committee said it is checking to see, "who should have been sitting in the seats, and why they did not attend."

Hunt suspects the empty seats belonged to sponsors. This isn't the first issue with empty seats at the London Olympics, organizers gave away free tickets to the opening ceremony to ensure a capacity crowd.

For complete coverage of the London Games, visit our 2012 Summer Olympics hub.

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