The Winter Olympics organizers claim that they have sold more than 90% of available seats to the events, but that transportation problems and cold weather have kept ticket holders from attending, reports unofficialnetworks.
In an attempt to put bums on seats, PyeongChang officials have reportedly turned to volunteers to help fill empty spaces.
The alpine ski events have seen particularly low attendance. In both the speed and technical events crowds have been in the low hundreds. Compare this to a World Cup ski event in Europe where the crowds regularly reach up to 40,000.
This is not a new phenomenon though, at both the 2014 Sochi Olympics and the 2006 Turin Olympics there were venues that were nearly empty.
That being said, it would be nice to see more people turning out to support the Olympics and their countries and athletes. Maybe Red Gerard and his family should be in charge of rounding up supporters and creating an atmosphere!
I know during the football World Cup, organizers donate unused tickets to local schools. This means stadiums are full, and also that a younger generation is exposed to the sport, hopefully creating fans for life, and ensuring the future of the sport. Something to consider?