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Old 05-12-2017, 04:02 PM   #1
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Default Small wedge section of seats behind the band

Im sure this has been asked before but I havent found anything out... but why do we have a small section of empty seats above the band? Its been empty for as long as I can remember even back before I started at USC in 2005. When I sat in the student section at games it was always sectioned off with gates.
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Im sure this has been asked before but I havent found anything out... but why do we have a small section of empty seats above the band? Its been empty for as long as I can remember even back before I started at USC in 2005. When I sat in the student section at games it was always sectioned off with gates.
I don't know if there's an official policy out there, but it's probably to preserve room for expanded membership and keep people from interfering with the band as much as possible.
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Old 05-12-2017, 04:28 PM   #3
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Default Re: Small wedge section of seats behind the band

It was blocked off even when the band was in different sections in the corner or in the end zone.
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Old 05-12-2017, 04:31 PM   #4
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I don't know if there's an official policy out there, but it's probably to preserve room for expanded membership and keep people from interfering with the band as much as possible.
This sounds like the most reasonable answer.
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Old 05-12-2017, 04:32 PM   #5
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Default Re: Small wedge section of seats behind the band

I've seen them set the sousaphones there when they aren't playing them.
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Old 05-12-2017, 04:32 PM   #6
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Default Re: Small wedge section of seats behind the band

I have been trying to find an answer to this for years. Looks really odd when the stadium is packed.
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Old 05-12-2017, 05:40 PM   #7
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Its so the ramp rats have somewhere to spit their dip.

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Default Re: Small wedge section of seats behind the band

I could be wrong but I've heard that specific area is "condemned" which they don't let people sit there because it could break

If true which wouldn't surprise me just another reason to rip out and redo the south, east and north lower sections (aka the final remains of the original stadium)
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I could be wrong but I've heard that specific area is "condemned" which they don't let people sit there because it could break

If true which wouldn't surprise me just another reason to rip out and redo the south, east and north lower sections (aka the final remains of the original stadium)
This is what I've heard as well.
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Old 05-12-2017, 07:32 PM   #10
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I could be wrong but I've heard that specific area is "condemned" which they don't let people sit there because it could break

If true which wouldn't surprise me just another reason to rip out and redo the south, east and north lower sections (aka the final remains of the original stadium)
Interesting, I had not heard this. It really is time to renovate.

I also doubt they could get much money for seats directly behind the band.

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Old 05-12-2017, 10:12 PM   #11
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Default Re: Small wedge section of seats behind the band

They need to put the students and band in the lower south and south east. I've never understood why we put the visitors in the best place for thier noise to be amplified acoustically
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Old 05-12-2017, 10:14 PM   #12
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They need to put the students and band in the lower south and south east. I've never understood why we put the visitors in the best place for thier noise to be amplified acoustically
Sitting in the lower east, I hope this does not happen.

I do think they should move the visitors into the upper decks.
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Old 05-12-2017, 10:28 PM   #13
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Default Re: Small wedge section of seats behind the band

It's because the people in the east club can't see the field from their seats when people in that section were standing up. So they just eliminated the people by blocking off the section.
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Default Re: Small wedge section of seats behind the band

The seats in the couple of rows above the band were set aside for graduate assistants, etc.(free to them). They are lousy seats because the band stands, and the tubas are in the back row, which obviously makes it difficult to see.
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Old 05-12-2017, 11:08 PM   #15
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I could be wrong but I've heard that specific area is "condemned" which they don't let people sit there because it could break

If true which wouldn't surprise me just another reason to rip out and redo the south, east and north lower sections (aka the final remains of the original stadium)
They're gonna do the premium seats before they ever do this. That's where the money is. Sucks, but that's the industry.

Speaking of renovations, is IMG still supposed to upgrade the ribbon display because of the contract renewal?
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Default Re: Small wedge section of seats behind the band

As someone who played sousaphone in the band back in the day, I can attest to this. Of course, when I was in school our section was next to the student section instead of where it is now (there weren't any rows behind us back then). Now I think the entire north end zone is the student section - it's a killer during day/early evening games in August and September with the sun high overhead and the humidity bearing down on you.

Coincidentally (and a bit OT), the last road game I attended - the UCF game in 2013 - my seats were behind... yep, you guessed it. The sousaphones. (About 3 or 4 rows behind them, but I digress.)
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Coaches that use their high school league pass to get tickets have sat there before. That was a few years back though, they change them every year it feels like.
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