Hey guys, quick thought for you to process. Some have mentioned the atmosphere of the UNC game, and how different it was from playing UGA last year, or just other home games in general. Part of that is the opponent, I realize that it is unrealistic to ask all the fans to get as pumped for UNC as they would be for UGA at home. But what if the problem could be solved by allowing more students to attend? Check out how we rank in the SEC when it comes to Student Section seating in the SEC:
Size of student sections at the 12 Southeastern Conference home stadiums
Mississippi State: 11,000
Arkansas, Kentucky: 10,000
South Carolina: 9,480
Ole Miss: 7,500
These numbers came from this article which was published in 2010: http://www.tuscaloosanews.com/articl...news/100429837
The SEC has added Texas A&M and Missouri since then, and we definitely rank above Missouri. (Couldn't even find their numbers) But Texas A&M did list their numbers:
Texas A&M has the largest student section, known as the "The 12th Man", with 29,736 seats reserved for students. This is 36% of the capacity 82,600 seats of Kyle Field.
Ohio State is second with 29,675 or 29% of the seating capacity of 102,329.
Notice a pattern? Some of the toughest places to play in the country and the conference have at least 4k more student seats than we do. Students are always the loudest, and I think we can kill a few birds with one stone here. First, let's have more students going to the game. There is no way we should rank this low in the conference for students getting to attend games. Second, it brings us more in line with the top guys of the conference.
For naysayers: Many people have said here before that expansion isn't a possibility until we start "selling out" more, and by that they mean people in the seats, not just paper sell outs where the ticket may be purchased by no one shows up. Well student seating will always put butts in the seats, with enhanced atmosphere and noise to boot. And besides that, just look at the raw numbers. We rank above Ole Miss, Vanderbilt and Missouri. And when you look at the percentages of student seats to overall capacity, Ole Miss and Vandy might actually be a little ahead of us.
We could easily let 5-10,000 more students in, be in line with the rest of the conference, and have a much noisier place. Williams-Brice is tough to play at now...could you imagine it with these changes?