Grateful school kids get the benefit of corporate no-shows
AMID all the U-turns and recriminations over the great swathes of vacant seats at Olympic venues, we met someone yesterday who managed to cover every angle in the great ticket debate.
London organisers LOCOG put an initial 3,000 tickets back on sale on Sunday night in a desperate effort to fill the vacant corporate seats.
At beach volleyball yesterday we met a gang of Canadians who'd bought their tickets -- £50 for a morning session -- online on Sunday night and the seats they were given noticeably had 'press' stickers on them.
Among them was Avi Leigh Bader, who revealed that she was also what's known as a 'VIP seat filler', filling in for VIPs who couldn't be bothered to turn up.
LOCOG had approached local schools a few weeks ago and recruited children to fill seats at short notice for free.
As a teacher, Bader's school have been given 120 tickets and she is bringing 20 children tomorrow to an as yet unknown venue. "It's a fantastic opportunity for the kids," she said.