by: Soren Dreier
July 30, 2012
Troops, students and teachers are being drafted in to help end the embarrassing spectacle of empty seats at Olympic venues.
London 2012 chairman Lord Coe today revealed that servicemen were being brought in at the last minute to fill the gaps in stadia.
Invitations have also been given to students and teachers from London schools, he added.
The desperate measure was announced as photographs showed Games venues with large swathes of empty seats for the second day in a row.
Lord Coe said fans with tickets could have them upgraded so they can sit in more expensive areas reserved for VIP members of the ‘Olympic family’.
He added that tickets for sports held in double sessions, such as hockey, basketball, water polo and handball, were being recycled and re-sold as people leave.
This system is similar to the one employed at the Wimbledon tennis championships, where spectators leaving show courts can hand back their tickets to be bought by someone else.