Syracuse Athletics Department’s announcement to replace all bleacher seating with chairback seats in the JMA Wireless Dome has sparked concerns among season ticket holders. This renovation will lead to fewer seats and altered sections, rows, and seat numbers, potentially impacting loyal fans.
Some SU season ticket holders welcome the changes, but are worried about the potential impact. They note an emotional attachment among long-time ticket holders to their specific seats and the community formed with nearby fans.
While the athletic department has promised to prioritize fan loyalty, the limited seating and donor ranking system could disadvantage some. Season ticket holders will compete with major donors, raising fears of higher ticket prices and reduced availability for casual fans.
They also expressed concerns about the donor ranking system, which prioritizes donation level over loyalty points. Adjustments may be made to give more credit to long-term fans, but uncertainties remain about how this will balance with first-time large donors potentially “jumping the line” for better seats.
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