Open Thread: Should IU reorganize student seating?

  • 05/12/2009 7:50 am in

At the suggestion of one of our readers, we’d like to give you a chance to sound off on our current poll question. If you haven’t checked the results, the response has been one-sided to this point: 88% of you believe there should be a change to student seating in Assembly Hall. If you are a part of the camp that voted yes, what is your plan to reorganize student seating? If you voted no, tell us why the majority got it wrong.

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  • Kelin Blab

    I would like to see the students behind both baskets giving hell to the opposing team no matter where they are. I think it would be perfect.

    On a side not, I think I read on scoop Carlino may have Bloomington South in his NEAR future……that would be sweet, another kid to help recruit D.Davis.

  • Kelin Blab

    I also want to say, I think students should be able to sell their tickets to non students. But that is another issue for another day………I am tired of going scalper for the big games like Duke/IU a few years ago…..it was worth it though

  • Kelin Blab

    I also want to say, I think students should be able to sell their tickets to non students. But that is another issue for another day………I am tired of going scalper for the big games like Duke/IU a few years ago…..it was worth it though

  • Kelin Blab

    I also want to say, I think students should be able to sell their tickets to non students. But that is another issue for another day………I am tired of going scalper for the big games like Duke/IU a few years ago…..it was worth it though

  • Kelin Blab

    Jerry, I agree 100% ….scalped tickets in the nose bleeds for the IU-Duke game…..HELLUVA game, crappy seats. I also agree with Brad on the pricing of the tickets. Would like to take my son an IU recruit (2024) but tickets are hard to come by and I have no problems listening to Fish/Leary and turning down the sound at home…..They have done some good deals over Christmas break that were very reasonable……

  • Kelin Blab

    Jerry, I agree 100% ….scalped tickets in the nose bleeds for the IU-Duke game…..HELLUVA game, crappy seats. I also agree with Brad on the pricing of the tickets. Would like to take my son an IU recruit (2024) but tickets are hard to come by and I have no problems listening to Fish/Leary and turning down the sound at home…..They have done some good deals over Christmas break that were very reasonable……

  • Kelin Blab

    Jerry, I agree 100% ….scalped tickets in the nose bleeds for the IU-Duke game…..HELLUVA game, crappy seats. I also agree with Brad on the pricing of the tickets. Would like to take my son an IU recruit (2024) but tickets are hard to come by and I have no problems listening to Fish/Leary and turning down the sound at home…..They have done some good deals over Christmas break that were very reasonable……

  • hoosiers

    I don't really like the idea of first come first serve because then kids are going to start camping out for big games. I'm a big IU basketball fan and I haven't missed a game in the student ticket plan the 2 years I have been there and I get to all the games early, but I don't want to have to camp out/wait in line for hours. I think they should do some sort of point system so that students who attend all the football games and basketball games from the year before get better seats than people who don't attend sporting events. This would mean seniors who attend alot of sporting events get no balcony seats whereas freshmen should get almost all balcony seats. And maybe try to factor in how early students get to the game by scanning ID's and if a student gets to all the games early then they get better seats.

    It's really hard to reorganize where students actually sit, but I know one of the biggest problems is that the students are not all together. The worst section is that random section in G I think and the last 10 rows or so of the sections behind the alumni. Something needs to be done to unite these students with the ones in sections K, L and M where the bulk of the students are. Other that that, it's going to be hard to move students around.

  • hoosiers

    I don't really like the idea of first come first serve because then kids are going to start camping out for big games. I'm a big IU basketball fan and I haven't missed a game in the student ticket plan the 2 years I have been there and I get to all the games early, but I don't want to have to camp out/wait in line for hours. I think they should do some sort of point system so that students who attend all the football games and basketball games from the year before get better seats than people who don't attend sporting events. This would mean seniors who attend alot of sporting events get no balcony seats whereas freshmen should get almost all balcony seats. And maybe try to factor in how early students get to the game by scanning ID's and if a student gets to all the games early then they get better seats.

    It's really hard to reorganize where students actually sit, but I know one of the biggest problems is that the students are not all together. The worst section is that random section in G I think and the last 10 rows or so of the sections behind the alumni. Something needs to be done to unite these students with the ones in sections K, L and M where the bulk of the students are. Other that that, it's going to be hard to move students around.

  • hoosiers

    I don't really like the idea of first come first serve because then kids are going to start camping out for big games. I'm a big IU basketball fan and I haven't missed a game in the student ticket plan the 2 years I have been there and I get to all the games early, but I don't want to have to camp out/wait in line for hours. I think they should do some sort of point system so that students who attend all the football games and basketball games from the year before get better seats than people who don't attend sporting events. This would mean seniors who attend alot of sporting events get no balcony seats whereas freshmen should get almost all balcony seats. And maybe try to factor in how early students get to the game by scanning ID's and if a student gets to all the games early then they get better seats.

    It's really hard to reorganize where students actually sit, but I know one of the biggest problems is that the students are not all together. The worst section is that random section in G I think and the last 10 rows or so of the sections behind the alumni. Something needs to be done to unite these students with the ones in sections K, L and M where the bulk of the students are. Other that that, it's going to be hard to move students around.

  • Kraig

    I really would like to see them go back to students on both ends of the court. I went to the Illinois game this year and was appalled to see people in orange shirts in the end without students. Some of my most enjoyable games were those where I had court seats (I had court seats when Haston hit his shot over Randolph to beat MSU) and I would rather see a bunch of crazy students in those sections instead of a bunch of old people sitting on their hands.

    I'm not a fan of the first come first serve system. Yes it might get the students there sooner but I don't want to put a student in a position where they have to decide between the game or class or having to camp out for days for a good game. I did think of one way they could reward those students who do show up on time for the games. The tickets are scanned at the gate so there should be a way to link when the ticket is scanned to the time the person arrived at the game. You can reward students with better seats in subsequent years if they had good game time attendance and those who don't will be less likely to get the premium seats.

  • Kraig

    I really would like to see them go back to students on both ends of the court. I went to the Illinois game this year and was appalled to see people in orange shirts in the end without students. Some of my most enjoyable games were those where I had court seats (I had court seats when Haston hit his shot over Randolph to beat MSU) and I would rather see a bunch of crazy students in those sections instead of a bunch of old people sitting on their hands.

    I'm not a fan of the first come first serve system. Yes it might get the students there sooner but I don't want to put a student in a position where they have to decide between the game or class or having to camp out for days for a good game. I did think of one way they could reward those students who do show up on time for the games. The tickets are scanned at the gate so there should be a way to link when the ticket is scanned to the time the person arrived at the game. You can reward students with better seats in subsequent years if they had good game time attendance and those who don't will be less likely to get the premium seats.

  • Kraig

    I really would like to see them go back to students on both ends of the court. I went to the Illinois game this year and was appalled to see people in orange shirts in the end without students. Some of my most enjoyable games were those where I had court seats (I had court seats when Haston hit his shot over Randolph to beat MSU) and I would rather see a bunch of crazy students in those sections instead of a bunch of old people sitting on their hands.

    I'm not a fan of the first come first serve system. Yes it might get the students there sooner but I don't want to put a student in a position where they have to decide between the game or class or having to camp out for days for a good game. I did think of one way they could reward those students who do show up on time for the games. The tickets are scanned at the gate so there should be a way to link when the ticket is scanned to the time the person arrived at the game. You can reward students with better seats in subsequent years if they had good game time attendance and those who don't will be less likely to get the premium seats.

  • Assembly Hall is widely considered one of the toughest places to play in the country already. With this system in place right now, it enables the most amount of students to get the most number of games. It seems to me that the majority of people complaining about student seating are the die hard fans that obviously want to be up close all the time. However, most people that get tickets aren't the people posting on this website. The athletic department already doesnt get top value from their donor seats. They use a non-PSL point system to determine seat location. That means someone that has donated for years and years can amass enough points to be so far ahead of the next person, they can donate smaller amounts and still keep their seats over someone who is just recently starting to donate large sums of money.

    Why fix something that isn't broken.

  • Facebook User

    Assembly Hall is widely considered one of the toughest places to play in the country already. With this system in place right now, it enables the most amount of students to get the most number of games. It seems to me that the majority of people complaining about student seating are the die hard fans that obviously want to be up close all the time. However, most people that get tickets aren't the people posting on this website. The athletic department already doesnt get top value from their donor seats. They use a non-PSL point system to determine seat location. That means someone that has donated for years and years can amass enough points to be so far ahead of the next person, they can donate smaller amounts and still keep their seats over someone who is just recently starting to donate large sums of money.

    Why fix something that isn't broken.

  • Facebook User

    Assembly Hall is widely considered one of the toughest places to play in the country already. With this system in place right now, it enables the most amount of students to get the most number of games. It seems to me that the majority of people complaining about student seating are the die hard fans that obviously want to be up close all the time. However, most people that get tickets aren't the people posting on this website. The athletic department already doesnt get top value from their donor seats. They use a non-PSL point system to determine seat location. That means someone that has donated for years and years can amass enough points to be so far ahead of the next person, they can donate smaller amounts and still keep their seats over someone who is just recently starting to donate large sums of money.

    Why fix something that isn't broken.

  • Alan

    I think we need to start simple and work our way up
    1. Assign student seats by section, not by seat number. This way the earliest arriving students can sit in the front of their section and it will look better for TV.
    2. Move the students out of the balcony and closer together. This plan slightly reduces student seats, without a dramatic shake-up: http://tinyurl.com/pyog95
    3. Possibly add some type of reward system
    – IU student Class of 2012

  • Alan

    I think we need to start simple and work our way up
    1. Assign student seats by section, not by seat number. This way the earliest arriving students can sit in the front of their section and it will look better for TV.
    2. Move the students out of the balcony and closer together. This plan slightly reduces student seats, without a dramatic shake-up: http://tinyurl.com/pyog95
    3. Possibly add some type of reward system
    – IU student Class of 2012

  • Alan

    I think we need to start simple and work our way up
    1. Assign student seats by section, not by seat number. This way the earliest arriving students can sit in the front of their section and it will look better for TV.
    2. Move the students out of the balcony and closer together. This plan slightly reduces student seats, without a dramatic shake-up: http://tinyurl.com/pyog95
    3. Possibly add some type of reward system
    – IU student Class of 2012

  • Jacob Hart

    Don't know if anyone has put this already, but I feel the best/most realistic option is
    1. Make student seating General Admission – This will make students show up on time, because they want to be much closer to the action.
    2. Put student seating back behind the South goal

    As for everything else thats wrong, I am not sure it can be addressed until football starts bringing in some real cash/actually selling some tickets. Most universities rely on heavy cash flow from their football, not basketball programs. This is a major issue at the university, and until this is resolved, the athletic department will be forced to do all that is necessary to generate the most revenue it can via basketball.

  • Jacob Hart

    Don't know if anyone has put this already, but I feel the best/most realistic option is
    1. Make student seating General Admission – This will make students show up on time, because they want to be much closer to the action.
    2. Put student seating back behind the South goal

    As for everything else thats wrong, I am not sure it can be addressed until football starts bringing in some real cash/actually selling some tickets. Most universities rely on heavy cash flow from their football, not basketball programs. This is a major issue at the university, and until this is resolved, the athletic department will be forced to do all that is necessary to generate the most revenue it can via basketball.

  • Jacob Hart

    Don't know if anyone has put this already, but I feel the best/most realistic option is
    1. Make student seating General Admission – This will make students show up on time, because they want to be much closer to the action.
    2. Put student seating back behind the South goal

    As for everything else thats wrong, I am not sure it can be addressed until football starts bringing in some real cash/actually selling some tickets. Most universities rely on heavy cash flow from their football, not basketball programs. This is a major issue at the university, and until this is resolved, the athletic department will be forced to do all that is necessary to generate the most revenue it can via basketball.

  • DTFree

    IF IU were to give the students the better seating, the same student body would need to commit to going and filling the football stadium. It's only fair.

  • DTFree

    IF IU were to give the students the better seating, the same student body would need to commit to going and filling the football stadium. It's only fair.

  • DTFree

    IF IU were to give the students the better seating, the same student body would need to commit to going and filling the football stadium. It's only fair.

  • CraiginOR

    Dear Karen, you really gotta try to remember way back when you were a student. Walkin to a game etc, for instance, “fair weather” fans really meant fair weather and wasn't a metaphor.

  • CraiginOR

    Dear Karen, you really gotta try to remember way back when you were a student. Walkin to a game etc, for instance, “fair weather” fans really meant fair weather and wasn't a metaphor.

  • CraiginOR

    Dear Karen, you really gotta try to remember way back when you were a student. Walkin to a game etc, for instance, “fair weather” fans really meant fair weather and wasn't a metaphor.

  • Sallad

    Okay, so after reading everyone's comments I think there are two (And a half) logical solutions to fixing the problem (And it is a problem). As I mentioned in my previous post, I'm not a fan of general admission. As an undergrad, I had no problem getting to all of the games at least an hour early. However, as a grad student with more evening classes, I made it in just at tip-off for a good chunk of the games last year. So with general admission I become penalized for being a season ticket holder for 5+ years because I have evening classes? Not fair. So here's my two-pronged plan of attack:

    1. Restore the north end of the court to the students. One of my favorite games was as a freshman (Mike Davis era) sitting in those seats, being right next to the IU bench. As someone else mentioned, it was ridiculous that there were Illinois fans in that section for that game.

    2. Create a points system. You buy football season tickets? You'll get more floor seats. You buy season tickets for multiple years in a row? You'll get more floor seats. This is the way the alumni system works. The one drawback would be that you'd have lots of crappy seats as a freshman, but if you know down the road you'll be on the floor a lot more, it'll encourage you. I also don't know if it would be possible, but I liked the suggestion of the ticket scanners registering how early you got to the game. Getting there early for football=Better seats for basketball and getting there early for basketball=better seats for next season.

    2 1/2: I liked someone's suggestion of making the balcony general admission. I've had to sit in the back row of the balcony multiple times, and while they're not the worst seats in Assembly Hall (Hello, back row of the main level), waiting for people in the rows between me and the front row to trickle in during the first half and half time was stupid. If you get a balcony ticket, it should just say “Balcony.” That was the real freshman fans who have a high percentage of balcony seats can get there early enough to at least get decent seats up there.

  • Sallad

    Okay, so after reading everyone's comments I think there are two (And a half) logical solutions to fixing the problem (And it is a problem). As I mentioned in my previous post, I'm not a fan of general admission. As an undergrad, I had no problem getting to all of the games at least an hour early. However, as a grad student with more evening classes, I made it in just at tip-off for a good chunk of the games last year. So with general admission I become penalized for being a season ticket holder for 5+ years because I have evening classes? Not fair. So here's my two-pronged plan of attack:

    1. Restore the north end of the court to the students. One of my favorite games was as a freshman (Mike Davis era) sitting in those seats, being right next to the IU bench. As someone else mentioned, it was ridiculous that there were Illinois fans in that section for that game.

    2. Create a points system. You buy football season tickets? You'll get more floor seats. You buy season tickets for multiple years in a row? You'll get more floor seats. This is the way the alumni system works. The one drawback would be that you'd have lots of crappy seats as a freshman, but if you know down the road you'll be on the floor a lot more, it'll encourage you. I also don't know if it would be possible, but I liked the suggestion of the ticket scanners registering how early you got to the game. Getting there early for football=Better seats for basketball and getting there early for basketball=better seats for next season.

    2 1/2: I liked someone's suggestion of making the balcony general admission. I've had to sit in the back row of the balcony multiple times, and while they're not the worst seats in Assembly Hall (Hello, back row of the main level), waiting for people in the rows between me and the front row to trickle in during the first half and half time was stupid. If you get a balcony ticket, it should just say “Balcony.” That was the real freshman fans who have a high percentage of balcony seats can get there early enough to at least get decent seats up there.