Skip to main content
  1. News
  2. Top News

Blame for empty seats: Why isn't anyone sitting in the seats at the Olympics?

See also

The blame for empty seats at the Sochi 2014 Olympics has not been placed on "tight security" despite what you might think. On Feb. 8, Yahoo! News reported that there are so many empty seats because spectators have been arriving late to The Games and by the time they wait in line to get through security, cameras are already rolling and more than half the seats in any given arena appear to be empty.

Many people expected empty seats due to security risks but now that the Olympics have been ongoing for a few days, perhaps those seats will fill in and people will feel more comfortable.

The blame for empty seats is not due to low ticket sales, either. In fact, 92% of the tickets for any given event have been sold -- but people just haven't been great about showing up on time. Which sounds a bit odd -- you would think that if you had tickets to attend an Olympic event you wouldn't miss it for the world, right? This is a big deal -- it's history in the making -- so, really what is up with the empty seats?

Sources say that the Russian mentality is partially to blame. Apparently getting somewhere early and sitting around and waiting for something to begin is not something people in Russia do -- and that could also be adding to the lack of attendees. Over the first two days of The Games, 4,000 people didn't attend that had tickets.

What do you blame for the empty seats?

© Effie Orfanides 2014



  •  Day 17
    Israel continues their ravaging bombardment on Gaza as the conflict wages on
  • MH17 victims arrive home
    40 bodies of the MH17 plane crash return to a somber homecoming in Holland
    Top News
  • Military advisers to Ukraine
    President Obama announces the deployment of military advisers to Ukraine
  • Bubonic plague in China
    A bubonic plague outbreak in Yumen prompts China to quarantine the city
    World News
  • Air Algierie disappearance
    A flight headed from Burkina Faso to Algeria disappears from radar over Mali
  • Windows Phone training portal
    Microsoft launches Windows Phone training portal in attempt to woo consumers

Related Videos:

  • Earth sixth mass extinction: Study reveals shocking facts of life on our planet
    <div class="video-info" data-id="518263072" data-param-name="playList" data-provider="5min" data-url=""></div>
  • Teresia is an HIV+ mother
    <iframe width="560" height="315" src="//;allowfullscreen=true&amp;autoplay=1"></iframe>
  • "Coolest" cooler on Kickstarter is packing in the money and on its way to a record breaker
    <iframe width="420" height="315" src="//;allowfullscreen=true&amp;autoplay=1"></iframe>