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KU to shuffle seating at Allen Fieldhouse

More donor seating will be added closer to floor in northwest corner of building

Kansas guard Ben McLemore slaps hands with KU fans following his 36-point effort, the most by a freshman since Danny Manning, following the Jayhawks' 91-65 win over West Virginia on Saturday, March 2, 2013 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas guard Ben McLemore slaps hands with KU fans following his 36-point effort, the most by a freshman since Danny Manning, following the Jayhawks' 91-65 win over West Virginia on Saturday, March 2, 2013 at Allen Fieldhouse.

June 5, 2014

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The seating chart at Allen Fieldhouse will receive a small makeover during the offseason, as more donor seating will be added closer to the floor in the northwest corner of the building.

In recent years, Section U — located just beyond the baseline, at floor level, near the tunnel where the Jayhawks take the floor — has been reserved as a part of the Kansas University student section for men’s basketball games. Beginning with the 2014-15 season, that section will be made available to Williams Education Fund donors instead.

Jim Marchiony, KU's associate athletics director for public affairs, said Thursday that the reconfiguration would not trim the number of seats available to students.

“This is not going to reduce the number of students that can attend games,” Marchiony said. “We have the best student fans in the country, and we will make sure that every one of them that wants to attend will get in.”

What it will do is allow KU to make more money off those choice seats, a move the athletic department deemed necessary in response to the KU student government campaigning to lower the student athletic fee from $25 per student per semester to $6.

That fee, which now will be the lowest athletic fee of any university in Kansas, was charged to every student enrolled at KU, and Marchiony said the new rate would cost the athletic department nearly $350,000 annually.

“During this process, the student government made it clear to us that they wanted us to find other sources of revenue other than the student athletic fee, and that is what we’ve done,” Marchiony said. “We don't expect this change to make up the entire difference, but we think it’ll be a good start toward trying make up the loss of revenue.”

In related news, Marchiony said the season-ticket combo package available to students, which provides each student who elects to purchase it with one ticket to every men's basketball and football home game, also would undergo a small change.

For those students who order the combo package prior to the beginning of the school year, the price will remain $150. Those who wait to purchase the package until after school starts will be charged $175.

KU students are allowed into every other home athletic event free of charge.

Comments

Chuck Woodling 1 year, 1 month ago

Attn: KU students. You taketh away from King KAI you giveth away. And this is just the beginning.

Paul Decelles 1 year, 1 month ago

Seems to me this move was done just out of spite. Maybe my perception is wrong, but were I responsible for this change I'd think again about this decision.

Dorothy Hoyt-Reed 1 year, 1 month ago

"We have the best student fans in the country, and we will make sure that every one of them that wants to attend will get in.”

In the past the combo ticket were sold in a lottery. You put your money up and if your name came up in the lottery, then you got the tickets. If it didn't they gave you your money back. How has that changed? So, how do they make sure every student who wants to attend will get in? Have students stopped buying tickets? I doubt that. but maybe they are priced out of range for any but the students whose parents have money.

Sam Crow 1 year, 1 month ago

No Dot. As the article states, a combo ticket to every football and basketball game is a mere $150. I pay 100 for a single big game.

Dorothy Hoyt-Reed 1 year, 1 month ago

But if every student could buy this no matter what, then there wouldn't be any seats left in the field house. Or have students just started not caring about the games? Do they still have a lottery?

Sam Crow 1 year, 1 month ago

There were four games last year that my tickets were $100. And thats on top of the Williams Fund donation. If the student body chooses not to pay, they shouldnt go. And they care about the games. They camp and stand for hours in inclement weather to get in.

Brett McCabe 1 year, 1 month ago

They are students, by the way. Are you comparing your annual earnings to theirs?

Eric MacDonald 1 year, 1 month ago

It seems appropriate to me. Reducing the fee to students, many of which probably don't attend games anyway, and directing costs directly to those that do observe athletic events is probably the fairest solution they could have come up with. I don't know that this was necessarily done out of spite but it is an excellent economic lesson. Exactly the types of real world lessons that should be taught in universities.

Daniel Kennamore 1 year, 1 month ago

Yeah, the drop in athletic fee of $19 equals out to more than half a million dollars PER SEMESTER. People saying this is a move out of spite really thinks KUAD should just eat that dip in revenue?

Brett McCabe 1 year, 1 month ago

Yes. Have you seen their annual budget? Do you know how much they are paying Bonnie and Charlie and the Rowing coach?

Steve Swaggerty 1 year, 1 month ago

I think your choice of words is excellent! Most of the people who purchase those seats do "OBSERVE" the event. they do little else. They sit on their hands during the entire game, do verry little cheering and basically OCCUPY a seat. Either that or they sell/give the tickets away. I guess that's better than having Students who really want to be there! Good Call!

Sam Crow 1 year, 1 month ago

We pay the bills of the athletic department.

Steve Swaggerty 1 year, 1 month ago

You took the words right out of my mouth!!

Curtis Lange 1 year, 1 month ago

This article shows what a sham this was: http://www.usatoday.com/sports/college/schools/finances/?fullsite=true

Texas and Oklahoma can outpace KU with $0 in student fees vs KU's $1.1 mil. Taking these seats away from students was a blatant, "Screw us? We'll screw you." play by KU Athletics. They should honestly be ashamed of themselves.

Brett McCabe 1 year, 1 month ago

Pathetic move by an athletic department that has lost its way.

Sam Crow 1 year, 1 month ago

The KU Athletic Department is not a social service agency. It is big business with with big expenses that must be met. If you want to go see a college basketball game and pay little and get a great seat, go to KC for a UMKC game.

Curtis Lange 1 year ago

It is a big business with a 'customer base' of current students and alumni. When you start screwing one or both, you're on the downhill slide. Without the students in Allen Fieldhouse, it would not be the environment it is that currently gives us one of the best home court advantages in college basketball. Lose that home court advantage and less wins = less championships = less TV exposure = less big time recruits = less overall money in KUAC's pockets. There is zero positive way to spin this idiotic move.

If KU Athletics could have their way, there wouldn't be any students in AFH, only those folks that could plop down $100+ ticket/game.

Richard Heckler 1 year, 1 month ago

"For those students who order the combo package prior to the beginning of the school year, the price will remain $150. Those who wait to purchase the package until after school starts will be charged $175." WHY?

Some making obscene salaries as a result of KU being a university would not be making these salaries if it were NOT for students coming to get educated.

First some long time season ticket holders got screwed around aka thrown out of their seats NOW the students are getting screwed around. Without students there would be zero athletic programs.

Where did these people come from?

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