Fans cry foul over seats without a view

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 15 July, 2000, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 15 July, 2000, 12:00am

Hundreds of disgruntled fans walked out on the opening day of Australia's Davis Cup semi-final with Brazil yesterday, complaining about the seating. The spectators, who paid up to A$240 for a three-day pass to the main grandstand, left the stadium in protest when they discovered they could not see the court from their seats.

'You just can't see. You can see the net and you can see the person at the other end but you can't see the person serving, receiving or whatever,' one angry fan told Australian Broadcasting Corporation radio. 'We've left our seats and we're not coming back.' The ANZ Stadium in Brisbane, where the tie is being staged, is normally used for rugby league matches but has been fitted out with temporary stands around the makeshift court. A spokeswoman for Tennis Australia said some fans could not see because the temporary stands were not steep enough. She added that ticket holders would be offered new seats for the remaining two days of the tie.