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Posted on 07/29/2012 6:00:50 AM PDT by Sub-Driver
Olympics: Call For New Rules On Empty Seats
The sight of rows of empty seats at some Olympic venues on the first full day of the Games prompts a fierce debate.
The head of the British Olympic Association has called for new measures to avoid swathes of empty seats at some of the most popular events during the London Games.
Lord Moynihan wants to bring in a 30-minute rule on ticketing so that people who fail to turn up on time lose their seats.
"We need every seat filled," he said. "We owe it to the team, we owe it to British sports fans the length and breadth of he country."
Games boss Lord Coe has urged for the seating row to be kept in perspective, saying it was early days and steps could be taken to tackle the problem.
He also insisted it was wrong to blame sponsors as they only accounted for 8% of tickets, while 75% were in the hands of the public.
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When something doesn’t go according to plan, there’s always a bureaucrat waiting in the wings to enact some sort of “rule.”
Hey, I know. They can have a penalty, er tax, that citizens must pay for failing to come watch the games.
UK should never get the Olympic ever again. From that horrible opening ceremony ignoring most of their nation’s great history and ignoring to give a nod to Olympic to nobody showing up to events. Did you see how much of the crowd left when the parade of nations started? It was disrespectful. Sure some people leave but every Olympics I’ve ever seen 80% if the stadium stays to cheer and welcome every country that walks onto the field.
According to an article I read earlier, they gave away many blocks of Sponsor tickets and many didn’t show up for those good seats because of the dreadful commute. So who’s poor planning is at fault? The commuter or the Olympic Sponsor Committee?
Yes, penalize the ticket holder for getting stuck in their lousy traffic system.
I’ve driven in London. Piss poor planning from the onset....
Gee, sounds fair in a socialistic way.
Look for the Olympics to go the way of a good general and just fade away.
The Chinese had no problem filling seats but were embarrassed by the seas of Asian faces whenever the events were broadcast on television. They aggressively recruited non-Chinese by offering first discounted tickets then later free tickets when that didn't work.
My daughter and her foreign classmates were flattered, at first. But after a half dozen events or so, they caught on to what was happening and it was beginning to interfere with their studies. It wasn't easy to say "no thanks" but they really didn't want to take tickets for events they couldn't attend or, worse yet, get some Chinese friend in trouble for sitting in seats designated for foreign audience showcasing.
Maybe Mitt should take a two week break from the campaign and straighten this out.
Well, there's your answer. Tickets are too expensive in today's economy. The hour and forty-five minute medal sessions tickets range from about $80 to $700.
Typically crass industrial ‘sports’.
Let’s sell the same seat multiple times.
The customer purchased the use of a seat for a specified time and place. What of the core concepts of contracts does that money grubbing twit not understand?
When tickets are free you value them accordingly. Stuff given away by the government is similar. All you have to do is look at public housing.
They need to fill them with mannequins.
I watched men’s gymnastics last night, and was surprised to see an entire section of prime seats empty.
I notice that when I was trying to watch some of the venues online. Several venues had entire sections of empty seating. I thought that strange, as most previous Olympics had standing room only.
LOL. He left out "... and we owe our British politicians who are really looking bad with all those empty seats. This could cost some of them their seats in the next election."
Sounds like Romney is now a bit vindicated... maybe the olympic planners didn’t have all their shiite quite together after all...
Funny, but here in Franklin County, AL, I haven't heard any citizens taking part in this "fierce debate". ROLL TIDE
Each seat should be fitted with auto-inflatable blow-up dolls, activated by lack of weight on an empty seat a few minutes before the events start.
not really, they had a long time to sell those lower more expensive seats and to figure out what to do if they weren’t selling.
again, i don’t think the average UK citizen is interested in the sporting events even the most popular ones (swimming/gymnastics). Most of the stadium left after the opening ceremony show when the parade of nation’s started. It was pathetic and disrespectful.
What are the ticket prices? Are people buying them and not showing up? Or are people just not buying them?
Poor planing because they just didn’t care enough. The UK acts as if they just got the nod to put on the Olympics last week. They had plenty of time to figure out this stuff.
Invite the homeless muzzies in for free.
Maybe they can fill those seats with nurses from the NHS.
Seats are empty? No problem, we’ll prevent people from coming in if they arrive too late.
Liberal “logic” at work.
Its just the socialist system in action.
I guess Romney did not know what he was talking about regarding Britain’s ability to run the Olympics.
Look for the Olympics to go the way of a good general and just fade away.
My thoughts also. In my opinion the Olympics is just an exercise in political one-up-man-ship. They rip off the youth of the world every two years, and give them colored trinkets to hang around their necks, while the political big wigs rake in millions for themselves.
No surpise here. Who wants to watch men’s gymnastics?
Doubly so for the first round.
I wonder how much of the problem is whether ticket are sold as blocks, so if you want to see the finals for an event you have to buy tickets for preliminaries, quarterfinals and semifinals like being stuck buying full price preseason NFL tickets if you want season tickets.
“I watched men’s gymnastics last night, and was surprised to see an entire section of prime seats empty.”
I noticed that, too, and was wondering what the hell was going on.
>>I guess Romney did not know what he was talking about regarding Britains ability to run the Olympics.<<
And Romney wasn’t even criticizing the Brits. All he did was point out the already-acknowledged problems (the difficulty they were having arranging security, and the threatened shutdown of public transit.)
Yet he’s treated (by the Left, of course) as though he’s just dissed the Queen at a private audience.
Well, now they’ve got bigger things to criticize, no? Maybe they’ll go find Romney and see if he finds anything “disconcerting” about tons of empty prime seats. Given his business acumen, I’m betting he finds it more than just “disconcerting”—more like stupid planning, like was going on in Salt Lake City before he straightened them out.
Haven’t heard much of that from the MSM lately though, have we? A reasonable reporter would be interviewing Romney for his thoughts on the matter and seriously considering any advice he might offer, given that Romney’s successfully brought one of these off in the past, but it seems like “reasonable reporters” are in short supply these days.
“Maybe they can fill those seats with nurses from the NHS.”
Too busy dancing.
OMG! How funny!
I went to a YANKEES game at YANKEE STADIUM a few months ago. There was not an empty seat anywhere till some fool spectator got ejected for cursing. A Yankees game is considered a family event and when this fool popped off the ushers and police were on him immediately.
When the Olympics are as popular as a YANKEES GAME then maybe I will get interested again.
That leaves 17% for politicians.
Go take a running jump.
You are a liar. The vast majority of the 62000 stayed and cheered the teams as they came into the stadium.
After the joke of 1996, if anyone shouldnt get it again, its America. But then I am not actually that bigoted.
This will be a great Olympics, no matter what snarky Americans think.
Given that 1996 was a joke, Americans should be wary to criticising anyone’s elses Olympics.
Not a problem when the Polish Men’s Volleyball Team plays.....the match might as well be in Warsaw. Of course there are tons of Polish ex-pats living in London.
I just watched online their match against Italy, it was fantastic, the entire arena in red and white, Polish flags everywhere, and the crowd in unison chanting “Raz.....Dwa....Trzy” each time the Polish team would hit the ball.
Definitely the best fans of the entire Games.