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Support student hockey season

| Tuesday, January 22, 2013

To the Athletic Department:

We love Notre Dame hockey, but, during the first semester, we did not make many games due to football season, basketball games, one of us being an RA and class projects towards the end of the semester. As spring semester began, we were excited to attend the game on Jan. 18.

Our group arrived 45 minutes before game time and sat in our usual seats, the first row of section 104 (the student section balcony). Ten minutes before game time, we were informed that these seats, and all seats in the upper student section, were sold to the public. We moved downstairs to the already full lower student section, parts of which were also sold. Since the section was full, some helpful ushers relocated us and other students to standing exactly opposite of the student section. The ushers explained that the student section was not always full for games first semester. As described earlier, it is difficult for students to attend games first semester. Football takes a lot of time out of students’ weekends, and the great season made us more invested. The end of the semester is also a busy time in the classroom. It seems safe to assume more students will come to games now. It is ridiculous that you sell seats in the student section, and thus limit the seats of the students who did come (many of whom actually purchased season tickets). And worse, you called it student appreciation night! We certainly did not feel appreciated.

This offense is combined with the recent $20 service fee for the BCS ticket lottery. What could you possibly use the approximately $2 million of fees for?  The lottery was computerized! (If you need, we have Computer Science friends who would love to design a better system for you for only $1 million.)

We will continue to support Notre Dame athletics due to our love for this University and the teams, but the recent treatment of fans and the heart of the University, the students, for the sake of money has made it difficult to do so.

 

Derek Wolf

senior

Siegfried Hall

Jan. 21

 

Danny Masse

senior

Siegfried Hall

Jan. 21

 

Pat Handy

senior

Siegfried Hall

Jan. 21

 

Eric Bens

senior

off campus

Jan. 21