English Military Used to Fill Empty Seat at the 2012 London Olympics
The 2012 London Olympics might not be the rousing success many were hoping for. Blocks and blocks of empty seats have been seen during many telecasts of what most considered to be premier events. Many thought that high ticket prices and poor infrastructure led to the empty seats.
The issue actually turned out to be that tickets were sent overseas to corporate sponsors, who simply never showed up. According to reports, "Last night Scotland Yard said every illegal seller arrested so far had held tickets dispatched overseas to national committees and official re-sellers." It seems as though the corporate sponsors attempted to turn around and sell the droves of tickets they received, or simply did not show up.
To rectify the situation the Olympic organizers are handing out hundreds of tickets to students and military personnel in the area to attempt to fill the seats.