SGA temporarily suspends block seating for 20 organizations

Student Organization Seating, or block seating, has been suspended for approximately 20 student organizations at Saturday’s football game versus Tennessee, according to Student Government Association Director of Media Relations Leela Foley.

The suspension comes after the SGA announced they would be filming the block seating sections during the Arkansas game on Oct. 19. SGA President Jimmy Taylor sent an email to leaders of block seating organizations on Thursday, Oct.17 warning them of the review.

“Administrators will review photos and film of the student section from the games,” Taylor said in the emailed statement. “Seating will be taken away from those organizations, who abandon reserved seating. I have also been informed that this is a ‘pilot year’ for SOS and if sections do not remain full, this will likely be the final year of Student Organization Seating.”

University spokesman Chris Bryant said the University did not release a statement regarding the suspension. He directed all questions to the SGA.

Foley said the SGA will not release a list of the suspended organizations, but a new map will be released either later today or in the stadium tomorrow. The newly opened sections will be available to all students, but the other 16 organizations can remain in their reserved seats.

According to the Student Organization Seating handbook, because this is only the first offense, the organizations will regain their block seating in the next game, Foley said. After the second offense, organizations will lose their seating for the remainder of the season.

The suspension also follows after Alabama football coach Nick Saban delivered a message Wednesday night during his evening news conference to fans who leave the No. 1 Crimson Tide’s football games early.

“There’s a lot of people that would like to see Alabama games,” Saban said. “I talk about the players playing for 60 minutes in a game and competing for 60 minutes in a game, and I think that in some kind of way, everyone that chooses to go to the game should stay there and support the team for the game.”

  • Lee Latham

    Great decision!

  • Hollin

    “According to the Student Organization Seating handbook, because this is only the first offense, the organizations will regain their block seating in the next game, Foley said. After the second offense, organizations will lose their seating for the remainder of the season.”

    Also according to the handbook, organizations would be banned from applying for block seating in 2014 if levied with a third offense.

    How can there be a third offense if the block seating is lost for the rest of the season after the second offense?

    Regardless, this is a good thing. Seats should be first come, first serve. If the student organizations want the best seats, they should all have to come out early with everybody else.

  • Richard Bryant

    I don’t think even Saban can get tickets away from “the machine”. But seriously, we are heading down a slippery slope when the coach wants to force fans to stay for the entire game if they don’t want to just to stroke his ego. All the majority of Alabama fans have ever wanted was to watch them blow out people in the first half so they can get on with their social agenda outside of the stadium. Personally, I’m okay if all the drunk and puking fans leave early so I don’t have to put up with them.