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More Olympics tickets back on sale - LOCOG

posted 30 Jul 2012, 08:59 by Mpelembe Admin   [ updated 30 Jul 2012, 09:00 ]

The London Organizing Committee announces it has put thousands more tickets back on sale after media and spectators complained about seeing empty seats at popular events in the first two days of the Olympics.

LONDON, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (JULY 30, 2012) (REUTERS) - Thousands of tickets have been made available to the general public to ensure empty seats are filled at Olympic events, the London Organizing Committee LOCOG confirmed on Monday (July 30).

"We've talked to the International Federations yesterday. We were able to put back into the pot for sale around 3,000 tickets last night. They've all been sold. That includes about 600 for the gymnastics event today, and we're going to do that on a day-to-day basis," said Jackie Brock-Doyle, director of communications for LOCOG, at a press conference.

Organisers have been under pressure to explain why sections of seats were left empty at popular "sold out" events in the first two days of the Olympics.

"We looked over to the hockey stadium and there are loads of empty seats in the hockey stadium today. Why can't they just let you in? I don't really know. It's kind of disappointing, really," said Richard King, a spectator.

"I think it's a bit disappointing, really. A little bit slow. I can't believe that given how much everything is online and electronic that they couldn't assess earlier that this was going to happen. I think they should speed up the response in terms of getting tickets to people," echoed Ann Beavis.

Some fans were hoping to get a hold of the newly released tickets.

"I think they're making the most of it. There's no point having empty seats for an event as big as this. They may as well resell them, if people aren't going to turn up, make the most of it. That's why we might look at buying some extra tickets as well. So it'll work alright for us," said Becky Chinn.

"I think they'll sort it out eventually over the two weeks. The stadium will be packed at the end of it," said Alex Barreto.

The Mayor of London was confident that the ticketing problems would be solved quickly and said even the most successful Olympic Games had had their share of mishaps.

"It always happens in the early days at all the Olympic Games. We're doing a lot better than in Sydney where they had a very successful game," said Boris Johnson on Monday morning before attending the Cobra meeting at the Cabinet Office.

People held up signs asking for tickets for tennis matches in Wimbledon in southwest London on Monday, after they were told that all seats had already been sold out.