Seat Selection Spin

Veni, vidi, victum.

Which, with apologies to Ms. Duerson for whom Latin was life itself, means “I came, I saw, I was conquered.” At least it does if my handy free online translator is correct. If not, well, you get the gist.

My group has finished its seat selection for U of L hoops in the new arena. If our undercurrent of unrest was great — and it was — the process was relatively painless. A little vasoline and some sleeping on our stomachs and the scars from the hot poker treatment should be healed in a week or two.

For the back story, read my last post.

Anyway, here’s the tally.

Seats in the corner of the lower level. Okay, but we are grateful. Some friends don’t have their selection appointment for another month.

Seats on the aisle. Boffo.

Donation annually is 40% less than in Club Section, which is the next section over. Good.

Sitting with friends. Very good.

Process is complete (except for sending in last 80% of donation, and paying for the seats). Good (Not so good).

Fact that our seats don’t come close to being as primo as the ones we had in Freedom Hall for four decades. Uh, not so good.

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After we were through ranting at U of L’s Gary Friedman, we did agree he deserved combat pay. We are an assertive lot, especially when we have a bone to pick.

He categorically denied a rumor we’d heard earlier in the day that a local car dealer had been allowed to purchase 100 tickets. He was adamant that nobody was able to buy more tickets at the new arena than they had at Freedom Hall . . . unless they bought into that premium football/ basketball package. When asked about the talk that 2000 seats were gone before #1 on the Priority Point List chose seats, he said the exact number was 318.

He also appeared taken aback when one of our group mentioned that a lot of long time fans are pissed off about the process, and they will continue to be unless the school becomes totally transparent and reveals the priority point list and seating list. I daresay the school will not give up that info without a court order. Which, in fact, might come if those threatening to sue the school and make an Open Records request follow through.

– Seedy K

One Comment

  1. cbcard
    Posted May 13, 2010 at 5:52 pm | Permalink

    It’s all about $$$$$$$$$$$$. UofL b-ball isn’t the most profitable in the country for nothing. I have had season tickets since 1953 when I was 9. I have been priced out of the primo seats I have enjoyed for all these years. I too have opted for the corner and that is still more than I had been paying to sit 12 seats over from Denny Crum.

    I told Gary Friedman months ago that he was going to be shocked at the number of UK fans in the prime seats for the UofL-UK game. I mentioned that in Minneapolis they examined why the lower level was empty for so many T-Wolves games but the upper deck was pretty full. The study concluded that the answer was over 70% of the lower level seats were owned by corporations who weren’t fans. Those seats were only used for the big games.

    This will happen here to, not to the same extreme but it will happen. And many of those corporate seats will end up being filled with UK fans as business sweeteners. And of course the number of UoL fans who will see the need to scalp their tickets to UK fans so they can afford the seats the rest of that year will grow significantly.

    But it’s the money that matters!

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