Because of the crisis the long distance traveling time and costs was an issue for most countries and so the number of participants was much lower than in 1928 (a 50% decrease). Despite that fact the level of competition was very high. The American approach was very impressive with an Olympic stadium with a capacity of 101.000 spectators, a swimming-stadium with a capacity of 10.000 seats and finally boxing stadium also with 10.000 seats. New ideas were the foto-finish equipment that was used to decide close finishes.