Plenty of empty seats at World Equestrian Games

The para-dressage event took place in an arena where some rows were completely empty. Some spectators sat together in groups, but the crowds looked bigger in the areas between the arenas -- near food trucks as well as in the equestrian shopping market. (Photo credit: WLOS staff)

Low attendance numbers at the World Equestrian Games meant many of the main arenas have had empty seats.

The para-dressage event took place in an arena where some rows were completely empty. Some spectators sat together in groups, but the crowds looked bigger in the areas between the arenas -- near food trucks as well as in the equestrian shopping market.

A heavily ticketed free-style dressage event was canceled because of weather.

"So, there were some purchased for that event that we are making refunds on," Sharon Decker, of the Tryon Equestrian Center, said. "Many people have chosen to do an exchange or use those tickets this week."

Organizers have repeatedly said the weather has been a big challenge. Original estimates were that the games would have half-a-million spectators, but the equestrian center reports only about half that many tickets have been sold.

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