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Sorry some of the students suck, but we aren't all like that man. Me and all my friends go to every game, get there hours early while everybody is still tailgaiting, and stay till the final whistle. Some people just suck, and I agree that something needs to be done, but I think the solution is not as easy as many people seem to think. You have to remember if it isn't for the students there is no football, so they tend to give the students some leeway.
Students should NEVER be put in the upper decks for home games. Extend the other side of the student section around the corner and open the upper deck to season tickets. I'd leave at halftime too if I were put in the upper deck as a student and Alabama wasn't even being threatened by the opponent.
Note that from the 20 to the corner is full. You're just seeing the students cram the bowl.
Note this photo taken in the 3rd quarter of the game (I wanted to make a point to all you who face the students). The high dollar tide pride seats are a ghost town. The upper deck is maybe 15% full. It's just that the seats are red, so it isn't as obvious in the blimp shots. On the whole (which is what matters, since the students are compacted), the students weren't any worse than anyone else. They just concentrated between the 25 and the corner.
Very good point
Im sorry that some will have to punished for what the majority do but that is life. The students that still wanna come to games will do as we what we had to, get there early and pack it in. The University gave them more seats as a privilege. But that privilege has been lost IMO. I know Nick Saban has to be pissed.
I will be honest. If the whole sections were packed until the third quarter and the students left I wouldn't say a word. But when the student section is 75% full to begin with, and down to 40-50% by the third quarter, something has to be done.
If I were the students, or particularly if I were in student leadership, I would be working hard to convince everyone to COME TO GAMES or risk finding it hard to get a ticket due to the University reducing student tickets. When I was in school, every student got a ticket to every home game, but when my niece became a freshman at Alabama, she only got tickets to half the home games. That tells me that the university is certainly open to reducing the ticket benefit to students if there is a good business reason to do it. The students ought to be taking this more seriously.
I know the pledges have to leave and go set up for the band parties or whatever, but under the current ticket allotment, half of them wouldn't have had tickets to the game in the first place. So that's not the problem, or at least not nearly all the problem.
Leaving early is a totally different discussion (and one that should also be addressed).
Having unused seats is the issue, as in seats that are never occupied. Ever since the stadium expansion it has happened every single game except for LSU and Auburn. If it was an issue for the FAU and Western Carolina games only, then ok, irritating but not worth changing anything. This is different.
Every year, the worst game for students to show up and stay at the game is the Saturday game before Halloween due to extra parties going on. That was yesterday, everyone took a deep breath and wait and see if the problem is still the same next week.
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Im sorry and I was at the game and looked. That picture was not taken in the third. Maybe late in the fourth. Thats when the whole place emptied. The only seats in the 3Q I saw empty, just as I did in the first and second, were the students.
Again, my problem is not showing up at all. And my point is obvious. You and everyone else seems to agree that the students have enough room to cram into the lower bowl. So take the upper deck away.Its an eye sore.
I also dont disagree that students should not have to be put in the upper deck..
Hell, at the very least, at halftime, if the students arent in the upper deck, open it up for free admission...
It looked the same if not worse for the Ole Miss game
I know it shouldn't come to this ..but my suggestion is to offer a 4th quarter drawing ( must be at the game). And you have 5 mins to collect...if you win then you win xxxx amount of money. I'm sure the university has a list of students who purchased tickets to each game. You pull from that list.
I recall something similar done here in Montomery at the Blue Grey game..winner won a car..and people showed up for a chance to win it.
Maybe with sme incentive...we could keep the students at the game instead of 3/4 of them leaving at half time.
Just a suggestion here,,,something has to be done.
It will be. That section is never, and I mean NEVER full.
"Quit trying to make a play and do your job!"
Trust me I know exactly what I'm talking about.
I'm not blaming block seating ONLY.
1960 Les Paul
Exactly. I've heard excuse after excuse after excuse. So has the President of the University. It will be rectified, as it has been noticed by those with the power to change it. The more the outcry from the donors, the better.
Oh look, it's this thread again...I bet VinnyVega is legitimately red-faced and sweating profusely when he's typing up these posts. Preach on Crimson brother.
it total BS when i have been on the waiting list for six years and theres all those empty seats.
Nah. But I bet Nick Saban and those players who are pouring their hearts out on the field are red faced and sweating profusely when they look up and see empty seats.
Why does it bother you so much? Hmmm....
Repetitive thread is repetitive
Why don't we take away the upper deck for the students and get rid of blocks for Greek. Is this possible ?
I was at UA working on my second degree from 2008-11.
In 08 and 09, I remember the student section was always jam packed, top to bottom, until the very last. Unless we were up by a ton of points in the fourth, then people might leave early. This leaving early prompted Nick Saban to call out the fans for leaving so early during the North Texas game of 09. However, that was a shot at all fans, because the stadium emptied out quick the minute Ingram came out of the game.
In 2010, I was away on an internship during the regular season.
Then I came back last year, and noticed that the regular seating tended to stay filled, but the student section was all over the place. Those highest rows in the student upper deck have never filled up. Not even for "the game of the millennium" when LSU was in town last year. Although even then, I noticed that there must have been 3 butts to a seat in the lower bowl.
So what happened for the student seating to become such a mess? Did the University change something? Last year, I didn't sit in the student section, but I was at every game.
I know the University saves an allotment of tickets for international students and encourages them to buy them, even though they don't know anything about football and couldn't care less about going. Could that be an issue?
I have a feeling this problem has a root somewhere in between 'student fans being spoiled' and not staying, and perhaps an issue with ticketing/crowd control in-game.
Attack the person who is pointing out the truth because you don't like it. Thats never been done before, good job.
I read these threads every time and wish a college student would get on here and rather than make some laughable justification, just tell it like it is. You guys want to watch some football, and then leave to party and enjoy the greatest four to six years you'll ever have. I get that, and don't blame you for it. In fact I encourage it. Whether there is some issue about too much student seating I don't know, but just letting you guys know that there are some of us "adults" out here who remember how much fun it was to be in your shoes.
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