Olympic organizers: Why are venue seats empty?

Olympic organizers: Why are venue seats empty?

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Photo taken on July 29, 2012 shows empty seats in the main stand during the London 2012 Olympic men's football match between Gabon and Mexico at The City of Coventry Stadium in Coventry, central England. AFP PHOTO/PAUL ELLIS (Photo credit should read PAUL ELLIS/AFP/GettyImages)

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Associated Press

Posted on July 29, 2012 at 4:00 AM

Updated Sunday, Jul 29 at 10:28 AM

LONDON (AP) — Olympic organizers are investigating why rows of seats at some venues were empty on the first full day of competition at the London Games.

Britain's Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt says Saturday's empty seats at venues including the Acquatics Centre were "very disappointing" and stadiums should be full to improve the atmosphere for athletes and spectators.

He says London organizers "are doing a full investigation into what happened." Hunt says he believes the empty seats belonged to sponsors.

The London Games organizing committee said in a statement emailed to The Associated Press it is looking into "who should have been sitting in the seats, and why they did not attend."

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