Chinese 'Cheer Squads' Fill Empty Seats
Chinese officials said today that they are busing in spectators to fill up venues that have remained partially empty during sporting events.
"If they find that there are not enough people, or if they find that there are too many empty seats, they organise some cheerleaders," said Wang Wei, the executive vice president and secretary general of the Beijing Organizing Committee for the Games.
Wang, speaking at the daily press conference for journalists covering the games, added that these men and women cheer for both of the teams that are playing to "create a good atmosphere."
Of the 18 Olympic venues, two have been 50 percent full and eight around 70 percent full but Wang said organizers are "satisfied" with the turnout.
--Ariana Eunjung Cha
August 12, 2008; 4:02 AM ET
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