BYU basketball: BYU announces improvement plans for Marriott Center; ticket price reductions

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  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    April 15, 2012 5:22 p.m.


    I remember both. Sat down low on about the 40 for the BYU/Miami game because my rotating student tickets were choice for that game. It was great.

    But times change and things are not what they once were. While not yet one of the blue hairs that never want to stand up or make a sound I find I also no longer want to stand up for the entire game like we did as students. I like to stand and cheer at approriate times and sit down the rest of the time.

    But it really doesn't matter if that noise is coming from one side, or one end, or one of the others, it is still there, that hasn't changed. If the students are ever banished from LES or the MC then you will probably have a point. But that is not ever going to happen. Just having your seat moved from one side to another is no big deal.

  • CWEB Orem, UT
    April 15, 2012 9:39 a.m.

    LIfe is not all about business...remember Charles Dickens? "People were my business" But not at BYU. The dollar rules, and Tom Holmoe and all these Vice-President-this adn Vice-President that, well, they have no idea what the students mean to the team, and sitting along the entire side of the stadium, well, they give the home court advantage. But the students keep taking it in the shorts...remember when Coach Cleveland scoured the dorms to get "students" to come to the games? He didn't scour the neighborhoods, it was the students who were vital. Now they are expendable. I'm seeing about 98% of the comments against this idea, but the administration does not care. Ever wonder what happened to the real "home-field" advantage at LES? When they moved the students from the sideline, it was gone. We've lost more games at home since that move. We already are losing at the Marriott, now lets move the only group making any noise most of the game, further away. Nice idea suits. Take them off and try to remember what it was like to NOT be a suit. Remember being a student! Terrible move!

  • SportsFan Orem, UT
    April 14, 2012 7:30 a.m.

    BYU is lowering ticket prices for a superior product.

    Utah increased ticket prices for an inferior product.

    Net result, BYU's average attendance (actual bodies in seats) will be more than double the attendance at the HC and BYU will make substantially more in basketball revenue, not to mention the vastly superior worldwide fanbase that will be tuning to watch the Cougars on ESPN and BYUtv.

    It's easy to see why BYU's Business Management and Accounting programs are ranked ahead of Utah's.

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    April 14, 2012 7:23 a.m.

    One thing I've got to agree with is that the MC is not particularly comfortable. Both the seats and the bleachers are uncomfortable. I'm 6'3" and I have to try and turn sideways just a little bit or my knees basicly hit the person in front of me in the head. Of course the seats are also very narrow so that is hard to do as well.

    I would like to see if these renovations correct that, I hope they do. This has really been needed for quite a long time and I am glad they are finally doing it.

  • LonestarRunner Salt Lake City, UT
    April 13, 2012 9:51 p.m.


    "I doubt that in football the students would be relegated to the end zone seating, but perhaps that is next."

    It's obviously been a loooong time since you attended a football game at BYU. The vast majority of BYU students have been relegated to the end zones for years. As for basketball, there's no reason the students can't be just as loud and enthusiastic sitting behind the basket as they've been sitting courtside.

    btw, you jab at the "almighty dollar" simply proves you didn't read the article. BYU is REDUCING seating capacity and LOWERING ticket prices, while improving comfort and safety with improved seating and sound system. Many of the bleachers in the student section were showing their age after 40 years. The Marriott Center was due for a sprucing up.

  • agb Layton, UT
    April 13, 2012 9:12 p.m.

    Chris B:

    I guess moving from the MWC to the PAC has it's advantages:
    Fewer fans
    Fewer players that stay the whole four years
    Fewer post season berths
    Fewer wins

    Hang in there lil band of transfers. lol

  • man of few words Salt Lake City, UT
    April 13, 2012 8:29 p.m.


    Or he, like most of the rest of us, has read newspaper articles talking about BYU being one of few athletic programs to operate in the black....

    If you check the archives of this particular newspaper, for instance. Sorry to interrupt your insults with facts.

  • Howard S. Taylorsville, UT
    April 13, 2012 7:41 p.m.

    "..."We've more than doubled the number of pricing options..."

    You serious Clark?

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    April 13, 2012 7:34 p.m.


    All you've got to do is read the paper where these things are reported. Then you have to be smart enough to retain what you've learned. Sadly that is not the case with the majority of utah "fans" so I have to remind them.


  • sciencepete Provo, UT
    April 13, 2012 7:15 p.m.


    If Duckhunter is talking just about basketball, then he is right. BYU releases statements about their athletic programs and how much money they make/spend. Both football and basketball operate in the black. Not so true with their other sports (like pretty much any school).

  • Rob of NV Las Vegas, NV
    April 13, 2012 6:58 p.m.

    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.

  • Truth Machine Salt Lake City, UT
    April 13, 2012 5:23 p.m.


    Duckhunter isn't revealing any super secret, inside information about BYU; it's common knowledge that BYU's athletic programs operate in the black.

    Jealous Utah fans and student are simply jealous that the cash-strapped Utes have to gouge their fans and students just to keep up with the PAC 12 Joneses.

  • IndeMak South Jordan, UT
    April 13, 2012 4:32 p.m.

    How about more diaper changing stations?

    How did Ducky get the financial records of BYU again? We all knew he was smart but we didn't realize he was a General Authority as well. He is the who's who of BYU. Keep us all posted Mr. Duck. We all believe everything you say.

  • sciencepete Provo, UT
    April 13, 2012 4:25 p.m.

    What a joke, this is such a terrible idea. The BYU student section was so great because it allowed the students prime seats. Now they're sticking them in the west stands, taking away their prime disappointed with this change.

  • milhouse Atlanta, GA
    April 13, 2012 3:57 p.m.

    BYU fans enjoy plenty of advantages. I'm not sure exactly what advanteges are, but the U can have all it wants.

    But seriously, chairs in the student section? This seems like a very bad idea. How are we supposed to maintain the Cameron of the West if our students are sitting down.

  • Cougarista Salt Lake City, UT
    April 13, 2012 3:28 p.m.

    We will enjoy not seeing Chris at BYU games.

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    April 13, 2012 3:07 p.m.

    christina those are not related issues. BYU can charge fans less because they don't need to charge them more. Unlike utah which will have to drop prices just to get people to even consider going to the hc.

    You see BYU is one of only a few schools in the entire country that operates in the black. In otherwords it brings in more revenue than it needs. This is not the situation at utah which has to be propped up with student fees and high ticket prices.

    Higher ticket prices are not something to brag about, or celebrate. They are indicative of a program unable to fully fund itself appropriately.

  • Whoa Nellie American Fork, UT
    April 13, 2012 3:04 p.m.

    The structure of the MC will not allow for decent leg room with any type of renovation. I am not tall and the leg room in the chair seating area is not healthy.

    Maybe the new seats will be wider but perhaps the width of the chair seat is not the problem; possibly the seatee needs renovating.

    Good to see chrissy checking in again on all things BYU. What a fixation!

  • demantee Saratoga Springs, UT
    April 13, 2012 2:08 p.m.

    How about seats that are a little wider than those installed in 1971. The current seats are extremely uncomfortable.

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    April 13, 2012 2:00 p.m.

    Well I guess moving from the MWC to the WCC as oppposed to moving to the Pac 12 does have its advanteges - cheaper tickets!