From the Parkinglot
- Feb 6, 2011
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Get your tickets to see the show. Only 1 for sure home game left, better be two.
Odd, but I like the idea of having students to taunt the opposing goaltender in the 2nd Period (and potentially OT). Probably better overall to have 1 big section.
At Old Mariucci/Williams Arena it felt like students were scattered in all 4 corners of the arena.
It was between 2009 and 2011 that the secondary student section across the arena was moved.
The band was already where it is now at that point.
The U of M is eliminating half a section of student seats this season. The top 10 rows of Section 2, behind the Gophers' net in periods one and three, will be sold to the public this season instead of students. That's about 150 seats.
Section 3 on the same end, and sections 13 and 14 (with the band) on the opposite end, will remain student sections.
"What we found, much like with football, not all the students come to games," said Mike Chandler, the Gophers assistant ticket manager. "We always sell as many tickets as we can, but we don't need as many sections. We always oversold a little bit."
A college hockey reporter's observation: Despite all the student tickets being sold, there often were empty seats, especially for nonconference games or teams who were not big rivals.
With just three sections this season, instead of 3-1/2, there will be seats for about 1,100 students, Chandler said, adding that only Wisconsin in the WCHA has a much larger student section.
In 2012-13, when Mariucci Arena is reseated, all three student sections will be on one end. Section 3 will be swapped for Section 12 for student seating, Chandler said, adding that "Sections 12 and 3 are almost mirror images."
Sections 12, 13 and 14 are all behind the net on the west end, where the visitors' goalie can hear the heckling easier in the first and third periods when the Gophers shoot at him.
The student section will also have a name soon, by Fri., Oct. 8 when the U opens the season at home against UMass.
Name suggestions can be submitted to [email protected] until Wednesday. Students will vote on a list of names from Sept. 17-24.
The student section at Williams Arena is called The Barn Yard and students sometimes come dressed like barn animals.
"The more students we have, the better," Chandler said. "The public gate probably drives the train financially, but nothing is better than having students at games."
Students can buy tickets for either Friday nights (the Maroon package) for $143, or for Saturday nights (the Gold) for $156, but not both. Maybe the U figures they need one of those nights to study.
My suggestions for a student section name is Ucci Goochies or Ucci Poochies or something more clever with Ucci
Completely agree on those Upper Deck seats, unbelievable view.When I first attended old Mariucci, there was no student sectioni. The upper deck (the greatest seats in hockey) and a section in the southeastern part of the arena were general admission. At the time, student tickets were general admission. The student section (in the northwestern corner by Goldie's perch) was created when the switch was made to all reserved seats.
Completely agree on those Upper Deck seats, unbelievable view.
I remember going to games in the late 70s when I was mite/squirt age. My dad and I would get there before the doors opened and would just haul it as quick as possible.
It felt like while he was dragging me, and my feet weren't even touching the stairs as we were racing to the 2nd deck, trying to get in the first couple of rows.
Yes, sounds accurate. I am sure the steps are the same ones that are still used to get to the 2nd deck of the SW corner of the basketball portion of the venue.Yes. There were two main routes to the upper deck-straight up the stairs or a combo of stairs, lower deck then stairs. 1st row, west blue line was our goal.
Agree. Noticed the club level was about half full. I would have seriously looked at grabbing a couple of those but I didn't see them available.Very, very good. Probably 8,000+ scanned of the 9,029 paid
Dressed to the nines in Gopher gearQuestion to those who went tonight, how did the crowd look in person?
Based on history with no show ratio, I agree that is probably about right.Very, very good. Probably 8,000+ scanned of the 9,029 paid
Based on history with no show ratio, I agree that is probably about right.
Just before the puck dropped the only sections with lots of unoccupied seats were behind the net opposite the student section. There were still several hundred of those when I checked early yesterday morning. Midway through the 1st period though, even most of those were filled with walk-ups I presume.
It was an interesting ride to campus. Freeways were fine, but the streets on campus were extremely slick. There was a 3 car crash on Oak right in front of Frontier Hall.
We came down that same hill.. Had to hit the breaks before even getting to Comstock.You're right. The drive from Eden Prairie was fine; but then I put on the breaks coming down the hill behind the Weisman and slid onto river road. Walking was fine except for the crosswalk between Maturi and Mariucci which was ice.
Interesting that people take that route from the SW. I think I have once in about 100 trips from Bloomington.
Normally would not go that route, but it looked like 94 was backed up/busy with traffic due to the Loons, State Hockey & weather.Interesting that people take that route from the SW. I think I have once in about 100 trips from Bloomington.