Empty seats, red faces: Olympics in #ticketshambles

https://twitter.com/ElthamRon/status/229523867251662849

London 2012 chairman and former middle-distance track legend Sebastian Coe insists empty seats are not a problem at the 2012 Olympic Games:

“Lets put this in perspective, those venues are stuffed to the gunwales and the public are in there. I went to three or four venues yesterday and they were full of people. We broke records on the road race,” he said.

Yet many London residents, watching the Olympics from home, don’t believe it:

https://twitter.com/jezfielding/status/229546071112683520

https://twitter.com/TravisBeasley/status/229546032780943360

https://twitter.com/mark20067/status/229525648614502400

The photos being posted on Twitter seem to undercut Coe’s claim:

https://twitter.com/LYJ_Films/status/229529954772213760

https://twitter.com/VineetBhalla/status/229552453778018304

According to the Telegraph, organizers plan to recycle tickets and ensure that seats are filled by military personnel and local children. We can see how that’s going:

U.K. residents want to know why the Olympic organizers won’t reduce the price of tickets to increase attendance by members of the general public:

Corporate sponsors who were given seats and did not use them are under fire:

Even some Olympic athletes are grumbling:

  • http://twitter.com/thetugboatphil TugboatPhil

    The Olympic committee, just like gubmint bureaucrats, seem to be unable to adapt to any situation that varies from what they planned. It’s also obvious that they never see a need for a Plan B, C or D.

  • Grumpa Grumpus

    I suspect the huge blocks of best seats being empty are blocks of seats reserved for (the self-appointed) Masters of the World

    You know, people who in the “minds” of the Mucketty-Mucks are the Luminaries of Mankind, eg The Obamassiah and his wife, The First Pestilence. Castro The Younger, Mr.Ill from N.Korea… you can see what I’m getting at. (all capital case letters in the previous paragraph are purposely used… ::wink::)

    The words that indicates I’m correct are “the best”. The only people for whom the Hoidi-toidi reserve The Best are those they consider their Equals(sic caps) (so the Hoidi keep their party invites intact…) and those they consider their their Betters (…be understanding! It takes a lot of boot-licking to move up the ladder at that level).

  • Malik Washington

    The media told us that Mitt was a twit for the mere suggestion that something might not work out as planned. Is this not a glaring example of such?

    • Live Free

      Yes, and it is also a glaring example of how rabid Governor Romney’s attackers are to distort the HISTORIC ACHIEVEMENTS HE AND HIS TEAM CARRIED OUT FOR THE MOST SUCCESSFUL WINTER GAMES EVER.

  • werewife

    So does this mean that Mitt Romney was right AGAIN?

    • Robert M. Finklea

      Bazing!

    • NealK

      In other words, #narrativefail.

  • ss396

    Maybe they’re all stuck at the airport. The airport traffic and personnel planning had some problems, too.

  • elkh1

    Coe insists empty seats are not a problem at the 2012 Olympic Games. In our Dear Leader’s words “it worked”.
    The corporations didn’t let those seats empty, “somebody else made that happen”.

  • bobinfwb

    The seat in front of my TV is filled. Of course, I’m not watching the Olympics. Is the Olympics actually on? Every time I’ve flipped through the NBC channel, there’s just been commercials running.

  • http://twitter.com/FakeDrudgeCom FakeDrudge.com

    When security forces outnumber athletes 40 to 1, what did we expect? Glad to see some of the boys are enjoying their duty.

  • Live Free

    When Mitt Romney and his team completed the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics, it was discovered that they had ACTUALLY SOLD 95% OF ALL TICKETS. That’s 95% cash in the bank. (The venues were also filled; with no crisis of “empty seats but disappointed buyers with cash in hand” occured.)
    This is the official report:
    http://www.olympic.org/Documents/Reports/EN/en_report_560.pdf
    “THE SALT LAKE 2002 OLYMPIC BROADCAST WAS THE MOST SUCCESSFUL IN Olympic Winter Games history, establishing records in global television coverage and consumption.” “The 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City achieved unparalleled ticketing success. More tickets were available for Salt Lake 2002 than for any Olympic Winter Games in history. A greater percentage of tickets were sold for Salt Lake 2002 than for any previous Olympic Games (Winter or Summer). More than 1.5 million 2002 Olympic Winter Games tickets were sold, of the available 1.6 million. More than 95% of Salt Lake 2002 tickets were sold, eclipsing the previous record of 92.4% that had been set at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. The Salt Lake 2002 ticketing programme established records in areas crucial for the future of the Olympic Movement — those of on-line capabilities and revenue generation:
    More than 80% of the 925,509 tickets sold in the U.S. were purchased on-line — up from approximately 4% two years earlier for Sydney 2000. The Salt Lake 2002 Olympic Winter Games ticketing programme generated $183 million in revenue, exceeding the $83 million bid revenue target by more than 120%.
    ” A greater percentage of tickets were sold for Salt Lake 2002 than for any previous Olympic Games (Winter or Summer). More than 1.5 million 2002 Olympic Winter Games tickets were sold, of the available 1.6 million. More than 95% of Salt Lake 2002 tickets were sold, eclipsing the previous record of 92.4% that had been set at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. The Salt Lake 2002 ticketing programme established records in areas crucial for the future of the Olympic Movement — those of on-line capabilities and revenue generation.

  • Handsome Lake

    Hahaha. You can tell this article was linked on a wingnut site because of all of the comments. Never change, republicans.

    • A. H.

      > Hahaha. You can tell this article was linked on a wingnut site because of all of the reporting. . .

      FTFY 0: )

  • cbinflux

    How dare Mitt be right!! From the lame opening through to security England’s 2012 Olympics is NOT ready for prime time.

    • stuckinIL4now

      Yeah, and I doubt we’ll hearing any apologies anytime soon.

  • Shootist

    Fairness in seating isn’t for the little people. I should think everyone, in the country formerly known as England, would know this from birth.

  • wagnertinatlanta

    Not surprising. I’m from Atlanta, and the exact same thing happened at the 1996 Olympics — for the exact same reason, the Lords of Creation couldn’t be bothered to show up to take the seats held back for them.

  • Terika

    Michelle’s 300 plus friends who accompanied her last time decided to go shopping instead.

  • Love of Country

    IMHO, the Olympics are over-politicized and in light of that assessment … are overrated as well.

    But on a lighter note … the world would be so much better without Democrats dumbing it down all of the time and imposing their fascist ways and failied values and policies upon the rest of us patriotic Americans and other conservative citizens of the world.