More than 50 soldiers took seats at the North Greenwich Arena on Sunday morning when they were left empty by the "Olympic family". Some of the troops, working at the Olympics to provide security, said they were scheduled to start shifts but instead were offered courtside seats at the basketball arena to watch the USA v France.
Despite featuring superstars including Kobe Bryant and being close to a sellout with the public, there were around 40 empty seats in the arena reserved for Olympic and sporting officials. "We're seat fillers," said one of 15 soldiers drafted on Sunday afternoon. "They asked who likes basketball and we put our hands up."