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Blame for empty seats: 92 percent of seats sold first day, Sochi security fault?

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The blame for empty seats at the Sochi Winter Games this week may leave Olympics security at fault, a spokesperson has revealed recently. Although organizers have confirmed that 92 percent of the highly coveted seats were sold the very first day of the major competition, a large number of vacant seats left the public outraged at the apparent lack of available tickets. NewsOxy shares this Monday, Feb. 10, 2014, that intense security might have led to long lines that prevented a vast number of crowds from actually making it to part of the big event.

Initially, the blame for empty seats was targeted toward Sochi officials or even spectators arriving late on the first day of the medal-achieving competition. Although a considerable number of spectators were present, there were quite a few empty banks evident as well. Yet Alexandra Kosterina, the Sochi organizing committee’s spokeswoman, affirmed that 92 percent of the tickets were sold for Saturday.

“Dear spectators! Additional Ticket Box Offices are opened for your convenience. Please familiarize yourself with the list of Main Ticket Centers and Ticket Box Offices addresses. The Adler MTC will not sell tickets on the 10th of February. The only service available at this location will be the collection of tickets,” a notice said on the Sochi Winter Olympics website.

Kosterina added that the Olympics officials saw “pretty full stadiums … and had a good turnout” but that extensive security details might be at fault for the lack of everyone getting to the event on time.

“We saw pretty full stadiums. We had a good turnout and hope it will get even better as the Olympics go on,” a spokeswoman for the organizing committee, Alexandra Kosterina, said to EuroNews.

Literally thousands of prospective watchers — those that had made up the 92 percent of ticket purchasers — arrived to the competition late, or didn’t even make it to the event at all. Soon afterwards, a public blame for empty seats began before an official explanation was provided.

“People need to understand what time to travel and you need to come in advance,” she said.

A total of 40,000 individuals had bought tickets for Saturday’s athletic events. It seems that another potential fault for the high number of empty seats may have not only been tight security, but the Russian “mentality” of showing up to an event right on time instead of very early in advance. It was concluded by the spokeswoman that a total of 81 percent of seats were filled in stadiums for attendance this Saturday at the Olympics.



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