Scores of Olympics fans across Great Britain who were unable to secure tickets to events were livid when they watched on TV and saw a plethora of empty seats.
As is now the norm whenever something goes awry with … anything, fans turned to Twitter and other social media outlets to vent their outrage. The backlash has sent the London Olympics Organizing Committee (LOCOG) into a frenzy trying to fill the vacant seats. An official investigation of the matter has also been launched, Reuters reports.
LOCOG was able to negotiate the return of about 3,000 seats and put the tickets on sale online. Organizers have also been trying to fill empty seats with students and members of the military.
“I think we have tried everything we can to make sure those accredited seats are filled where we can,” a LOCOG spokeswoman told reporters. “We really are doing the best we can.”
This is not the first time Olympics fans have been angered over empty seats. A similar controversy also arose four years ago when China hosted the Summer Games.
In addition to being miffed about the seating situation, many fans have been complaining about NBC’s Olympics coverage.