Quote Originally Posted by KKonas View Post
Generally speaking, in major competitions, at least 10 rows of seats behind the judges are blocked out except for the camera. Behind that, only ISU officials/ test judges are usually allowed in what rows are left behind the section where the judges sit. (The ISU doesn't want anyone to be able to "read" how the judges vote on their computers.)
Interesting theory. But I never noticed anything like that in Japan. The rows behind judges are always on sale and it's normally Arena seats, i.e. the good $ ones, sold usually the fastest. You can se no empty rows behidn judges on youtube videos from Japan events. Good policy I think.