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For the life of me, I can not figure out why our basketball program can not emulate what many other basketball programs do and that is give students seats surrounding the court like Duke, Florida, NC State, Mich St, etc. Even Auburn has it figured out with their new stadium. Our students are relegated to the corner and yet they are the only ones that provide any atmosphere for BASKETBALL. Makes for a very mundane game experience as a fan and is kind of a downer for the players as well. These guys probably played in better atmospheres in their high school gyms.
What is the downside to this? The older alums that pay for the good seats don't even show up half the time and it is not like basketball is what makes money for the athletic department. If they forgo their basketball tix, they won't stop contributing to the athletic department because football drives the bus anyways. This is not rocket science.
I totally agree. They should be on the floor surrounding the court, especially in the camera view cross court. Time to shake it up. Agree that Auburn finally figured it out when they built the new arena.
1960 Les Paul
MONEY!!! More Seats for Ticket Holders, who don't go to the game, and buy season tickets for Tide Pride Points
I am sorry, but those Tide Pride folks are not going to stop contributing if we create a better more exciting atmosphere for basketball just because they have to sit a few rows higher up. I find that hard to believe. If those other programs can do it, there is no good reason why we can't do it as well.
Maybe Anthony Grant should ask Saban to support this idea and then it may actually get done.
Rich old farts get Tide Total Points by buying BB season tickets
While I'm not too pleased with the entitlement approach by the students, and feel that there is so much more that they could do to help convince Moore to displace the high paying season ticket holders, I do now believe it is high time to shake things up and generate a new vibe at Coleman. Rearranging the seating is of many steps that need to happen.
Considering that many of the side court ticket holders rarely use the seats and in many cases care more about the tide totals points, I don't think it'd be too hard of a sell for the AD to give them some sort of incentive to move. Maybe it's a one time tide totals point bump; maybe it's a new level of luxury box or club level seating. Maybe (gasp) it's CMM nutting up and telling them their season long vacancy in those seats is an embarrassment to the university, and a disservice to the basketball program. Maybe it's CNS getting involved and stating that the dead atmosphere at the hoops games is a drain to recruiting.
Bottom line: with a little out of the box thinking and a little more commitment to helping Bama hoops go to the next level, it can certainly be made to happen
Won't ever happen.
The fact that Alabama doesn't have a single luxury suite in the arena should tell you where it ranks with our AD.
The AD saw a great opportunity to encourage basketball attendance by giving TP members points for buying basketball tickets. The problem is the only way to actually get that attendance, in return for points, would be to require those tickets to be USED.
Sorry, but that's a swing and a miss by the AD. Move the students to the good seats.
The reason why we don't have luxury suites is because Gottfried didn't want them. He wanted a club level and that's what he got. Instead of getting rid of seats and bringing everyone closer to the court, Gottfried added seats. He was given full control over the renovations. That's how we ended up with the modern day Coleman Coliseum. Coleman is a dump that is virtually impossible to renovate because of the way it was built. Honestly, it needs to be knocked down and rebuilt from the ground up. It's too big and it has absolutely horrible seating in some areas. It was originally designed to be a mixed use facility for everything from basketball games to concerts. Well now it is outdated and looks as bad as the basketball that is played there.
Just imagine Coleman rocking like this
Feb. 16, 2013 - While the Maryland men's basketball team was defeating Duke on Saturday, the entire student section performed flash mob and Harlem Shake routines during breaks in the game. The atmosphere at Comcast Center is one of the best in the country. Watch and see why!
We would have to put the TV camera back to the other side of the Coliseum and remove the donors that sit on the floor on that side. Conference rule says we can't put students within a certain distance of the visitor bench so students can't be directly behind them
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Keep in mind that while putting the students would improve the problem, there's no assurance that all of a sudden it will become a rocking atmosphere. Seating arrangement is only part of the equation. The biggest missing component IMO is the mentality that's its ok to get into a game like that. At duke, etc its cool to act that way. I hate to say it but honestly I think the vast majority of fans (students and adults alike) think they are above that.
If you need a example, watch a TV broadcast when an opposing player is Shooting FTs in a big game. Our fans behind the goal, instead of trying to get up and distract him, they sit on their hands, arms crossed.
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