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Published: Friday, April 13 2012 4:00 p.m. MDT

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Brave Sir Robin
San Diego, CA

Will the upgrades include installation of plexiglass walls so BYU fans can't litter their own court with garbage?

Salt Lake City, UT

A few students will be upset, at first, but the seating change will soon be forgotten. Students used to be able to walk up to Cougar Stadium just before game time and get in just by showing their student ID. The student section in LES also once included all of the East side seating below concourse that is now reserved for BYU's fat cat donors.

Times change. Padded, blue chair seats replacing the bench seating below concourse will be a welcome addition. The students will adjust to their new seating just fine.

Rob of NV
Las Vegas, NV

This is a bad change. I have not attended a BYU basketball game in years. That being said, when I was a student having the student section at the center of the court was where most of the enthusiasm and cheering was coming from. Like the student quoted said, the "paying" fans seldomly if ever show the enthusiasm of the student section. I doubt that in football the students would be relegated to the end zone seating, but perhaps that is next. Is the almighty dollar so important, that students who attend the university are given a second-class status? The administration's rhetoric about researching other schools, etc. is just trying to put a positive spin on a slap at the student body. Just the other day, Harmon wrote an article about how grateful Dave Rose was for the fans and increased support. This took Cleveland and Rose many years to build back up. If I remember correctly, Cleveland began with the students to restore interest and fan support for basketball. A shame to see their hard work destroyed in one press conference. The administration should pad the existing chairs on the southside and leave the students alone.


Being a student at BYU this feels like a slap in the face. I have attended countless games in support of the BYU Basketball team and now we are being moved to the worst view in the arena. It doesn't take extensive research to see what the BYU administration is doing. They are making way for the all mighty dollar. The student body at sporting events as always been a low priority for BYU sports, and the one sport that had a great student atmosphere is now getting the ax. Thanks Tom Holmoe for forgetting who really keeps college sports special.

Spanish Fork, UT

Not a student. Was one when MC was built. Don't like this move at all. Another school that pushes the students back so they can squeeze some more dollars in with older folks who, like me, do NOT rise and shout. Take a look at the student section at tip off -- packed. Look at the chair seats -- half empty. Taking the students away from the floor is antithetical to the purpose of the University. Put the students nearest the floor and the rest of us elsewhere.

I am disgusted by this move.

Mom of Five
Orem, UT

I'm a BYU graduate from 20 years ago, and I have to say I see both sides of this issue. When we go to the game, we usually have nosebleed seats, and we yell and cheer like crazy. We also pay quite a bit more for those seats than the students do for their prime seats. We would probably go to more games (thus spending more money) if we could get better seats--both comfort and position wise. We used to have season football tickets, but now just my husband goes, as I find the LES seats too uncomfortable for that length of time. If I could get comfortable seating with a back, I'd probably go to lots more BYU sporting events. That's just life with a bad back.

Vernal, Ut

It's decisions like this that make me question the reason BYU went independent in football. So how does basketball decisions relate to football independent you might ask? WCC is more expensive for travel than the Mtn. West. So bottom line BYU just moved down some more rungs on the ladder when it comes to being a good representation of the church they supposedly represent.


I have been writing BYU for years that they need to replace every seat in that building with a blue one. I guess this will be a start to that change.

Provo, UT

Not a student but may as well be since just about every game I attend I'm in the student section. I love the intensity of sitting on the North side benches. They say it is in the name of safety. I wonder how many people have been seriously injured. It's usually so packed that if you do stumble there are at least 2 people to catch you. There will still be an intensity from the students if they are moved to the west side, but definitely diminished. I agree that this sounds like a case of the all mighty dollar playing a role in these moves. With the loss of nearly 2000 seats I wonder where most of those seats are going to come from. More likely from the student section. People are going to start camping out even sooner outside the Marriott Center because there will be fewer available seats for the students. Not happy about this.

Spanish Fork, UT

Last comment from me on this (sighs of relief)... I've given up my season tickets to BYU football because it has become such a crass commercialized effort. "That 1st down was brought to you by ...." and the delay of games from TV. It's lost so much of the great pace of college football. Now this in basketball and we're soon to hear "and that 3 pointer was brought to you by..." Who gets this money? Certainly not the students who are the entertainers. (yes, yes, they get scholarships, but the disparity is too great.)

DEW Cougars
Sandy, UT

Get rid of all those burnt yellow seats all together! Put in all blue seats with white BYU seats everywhere. Yeah those big money people don't cheer like they are suppose to do. Keep those students down near the prime area of this great MC.


Ha honestly who cares? Many many students aren't there to watch the game but are for just a social event. So who cares if the view is worse? People that pay the money are usually there for the game.

Riddles in the Dark
Olympus Cove, Utah

Having been a student who camped out for tickets in Section 24 EVERY GAME during the Danny Ainge era, I can understand the frustration some students will have with this decision. On the other hand, there are alumni, like me, who are just as loyal and just as enthusiastic about BYU as any student. Having had five children attend BYU, I've been able to sit/stand in the student section with my children for many games. With the student section moving to the West end behind the basket, I'll miss that experience of watching games from courtside, but I understand why BYU is doing this. The cardstunt section at LES was a similarly great experience, but times change.

Springville, UT

I don't have a strong opinion on this, but one thing is certain. It is mostly about money, not students. Football and basketball no longer are about students. That's a concept of a prior age.

Orem, UT

Being six feet four inches in height, I loved watching the team but hated being cramped with my knees poking four inches into the back of the person in front of me. Now I watch at home in comfort. Looks like the seats will widen, but unless they do something major to increase the leg room, what's the point? You'll still jammed like a sardine into the person in front of you. And watch for tickets prices to take a big hike now that there will be more chair seating. The thirst for money is obvious with the amount of commercialism thrown at us during each game. Instead of continuing the momentum through noise and cheers, we are bombarded every time out with with a series of stupid commercials. Pretty soon we'll hear, "this injury is timeout is brought to you by Intermountain Health," and three people will be racing for layups on crutches. We already have the wheel chair competition.

Walnut Creek, CA

"This move will open up more premium seating and the plan is to make the bowl area more consistently filled."

What a joke. More consistently filled with people who show up 30 minutes late and don't ever stand up or yell. The home court advantage is going to be reduced dramatically. Unsafe bench seats? Gimme a break. If it aint broke, don't fix it.

Don't Feed the Trolls
Salt Lake City, UT

I'd have sympathy for the students if they didn't hold up signs like "Ainge built, Jimmer remodeled."

If you don't know any more about the history of the program than that (it was open for 6 years before Ainge arrived), you are just a transient.

Cottonwood Heights, UT

Good for BYU on finally addressing the uncomfortable seats of the Marriott Center ... my Coug fan friends have often enjoyed bragging about the large stadiums in Provo but as someone who's 6'4" I can't stand how someone's knees are always in my back and my knees are in the back of the person in front of me.
I can tell you that Rice Eccles and the Huntsman Center are far more comfortable ... yes, even back in the days when the HC was full - might as well beat the hypersensitive people to the punch. Nice, comfortable stadiums beat cramming everyone into a barn any day of the week.

Provo, UT

I thought the university was for the students...Oh well.

Gary Kinney
Huntington Beach, CA

Having lived away from Provo for 30+ years and watching probably every basketball game broadcast from the MC I can agree with those students who have been swept to the side for the almighty dollar. That is all it is, pure and simple and don't let anyone tell you otherwise. To the administration: "Whatever happened to loyalty? You ask it of your staudents but don't want to give it in return. Loyalty should run both ways, however you are showing how keeping up with other institutions is more important than your own fan support. Remember, it is those rabid courtside fans who give you such an advantage when teams eneter the MC. Let's hope they don't turn on you and go silent. Don't think the latecomers and the empty seats seen at most games will give you that advantage. BYU ticket holders for years have been notorious for not being vocal enough and helping their teams. Let's see what this change gets them. Good luck Cougs. Too bad loyalty does not matter to the BYU administration. Sad day for the students!

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