Imagine you and a friend wait in line over two hours for basketball tickets in the bitter cold Cassell Coliseum lobby. You are expecting to be in the first row of the student section for the upcoming attempt to upset the mighty University of Connecticut Huskies.
But when the two hours are finally over and the ticket booth opens, the man handing out tickets gives you tickets reading Section: 17, Row: H.
Second in line, and row H! Not even in the true student section either. These seats are located in the corner behind the basket where it is tough to view a game.
To not reward diehard Hokie basketball fans is a travesty. I attend every game held in Cassell with seven other friends. I have attended, watched or at least listened to part of just about every Virginia Tech game for the past two years.
Although the tickets were by far the worst part of my experience Wednesday morning, the negative attitude and lack of friendliness shown by the people at the ticket office was almost as poor as my seats.
When I first saw the tickets, I nicely asked the man, ?Can we get tickets a little better? We?ve been waiting here since before 7 a.m.?
The man snapped back, ?Move along, those are good seats.?
So I ask him if we can at least get tickets in the real student section. Once again he bitterly requests we move along and says section 17 is the real student section.
I don?t know what was in his coffee, or if he even drank any coffee based on his cranky attitude, but while section 17 has students sitting in it, it is not the real student section. If he?d ever actually been to a game he?d know the student section consists of sections 11, 13 and occasionally 15 when a large enough crowd shows up.
It would be one thing if this was the first time my group of friends and I have been spurned from getting good seats after camping out for tickets, but it happened on more than one occasion last year. Then, I was upset at the nice older lady who gave out the tickets, but now I realize she is just part of a terrible ticket-pushing regime.
It?s bad enough the athletics department has taken away the old student section, but to not sit the diehard students in the good seats is a complete joke.
For one thing, terrible seating discourages newer basketball fans to come out and watch a game. Secondly, from so far away it is tough to get involved in the game.
While I?m at it, how about allowing the students to sit in some of the lower seats in section 15 and 17? There are open seats in those sections every night that are marked as ?reserved?. Strangely enough, only 10-15 people fill up an area suitable for 40 eager fans.
I will still attend every game and will still get tickets early in the morning, but until the students are given a fair deal at the basketball ticket office, I think it will be very tough to create and sustain an exciting atmosphere at Tech basketball games.