Re: Basketball seating
I was able to walk up to the box office about 10 minutes before the Alabama game and get seats in section 105, row 5. Don't know if it was just the best available or if a season ticket holder gave them up because they weren't going or what. Seemed like first come, first serve to me though.
Granted, there were a few rows of the padded folding chairs, which might be what you're talking about, in front of the stadium seating. Good luck getting the big time donors to give up those seats.