Greg McGarity does not approve of this.
The hostile nature of Apogee Stadium led Conference USA to move to a hard-line stance on student seating back in 2014, banning those fans from sitting directly behind an opponents’ bench.
North Texas athletic director Wren Baker confirmed Saturday that league officials have voted to reverse course and will allow students to sit in those premium seats.
Hell, approve? I doubt he even comprehends it. Why would you give up selling seats in a primo location like that?
Former UNT athletic director Rick Villarreal lobbied against C-USA’s restriction on student seating being enforced in 2014. He saw seating students in the premium seats behind the visitors’ bench as an opportunity to put the most enthusiastic fans in the most visible of locations for television games and as a way to secure future fans. [Emphasis added.]
That’s a different sort of home field advantage, I guess.