USC Students To Get More Seats At Home Football Games In 2006

Sept. 18, 2006

Dear Trojans:

We acknowledge the concern voiced by many surrounding the way in which USC students accessed the USC/Nebraska game. Because student safety is of paramount importance to the University, beginning with the next home game, and for all remaining home games this season, we plan to enact the following changes:

We will increase the student section by 600 seats, to a total of 8,600 seats. We are also discussing with the Coliseum and the Fire Marshall the possibility of adding a Standing Room Only area for an additional 400 students.

The student entrance at Gate 28 will open 2.5 hours prior to kickoff to allow more time for students to enter the facility at home games.

We will reorganize the queue leading to the student section entrance, and the area around it, to ensure student safety and to help the student line flow more quickly and in a secure and orderly fashion.

The number of student seats we made available in the student section at the beginning of this football season (8,000) was based on the average number of students who attended games over the past three years. Our records document an average home attendance by students of 6,950 during that period. The largest attendance at a home game by students during the 2005 season occurred at the Stanford game, with 7,540 attending. For the Nebraska game, 1,000 seats over the original 8,000 were ultimately made available for student access.

We will continue to monitor the situation throughout the season, and may implement additional changes as circumstances warrant. At the end of the season, we will review the process for purchasing spirit activity cards and the number of seats available in the student section for next year.

Students bring so much to the support of USC athletics; Football has been a great Trojan tradition and we want to keep the games as rewarding and exciting as possible for those students in attendance. We regret the student gate and ticket issues that emerged during last Saturday's football game.

Sincerely,

Steve Lopes
Senior Associate Athletic Director

Lori S. White
Associate Vice President for Student Affairs

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