Every single year we have complaints about teams saving seats at events, people pushing and shoving to get in the door and get there first, four people saving 80 seats etc.
Well I had an idea that I’d like to get some feedback on. For now, assume its for something like a Regional Event (I’m not sure its a solution for a Championship or small district), but at a reasonable sized area/venue.
If an event was able to provide:
- A dedicated scouting section with power & a good view for scouters with laptops/cameras.
- A Floor level section for teams in the current match to come down and watch “up close” and dance/cheer/etc.
- A Couple of very clearly marked Spectator Seating Areas (maybe 100-200 seats depending on the event?)
- A storage room for extra bags/boxes/coats that don’t fit in the pits or in the stands (maybe manned by a volunteer but not really a “bag check”, more of a “leave at you own risk”)
- A lottery that gave each team a block of 40 seats. These seats would be together, but would be “assigned”. The lottery would be random and would determine what section you got.
- A “Craigs List” where teams could post extra seats, trade sections, etc.
- A “Special Request” form ahead of the lottery for teams that might be interested in sitting together - think mentor/mentee team, sister teams, same sponsor teams, teams from the same school.
What would you think?
Every major concert or sporting event we go to and every plane that we get on (ok except Southwest), we have assigned seats. FIRST has thus relied on GP and people to organize themselves. What if we made it so teams didn’t have to get up at 4am and stand outside in the freezing cold?.. what if we made it so scouters could see and cheerers could cheer?.. what if we made it so the mean parents who don’t want to share don’t have something to be mean about? What if we could make it so that the only complaint was “bad luck in the lottery”?
Any Pros or Cons you can think of?
Anyone absolutely hate this and prefer the free for all?