Is BYU too company, too uncaring in its football ticket policy or completely right? You decide

The daughter of a longtime BYU fan not too long ago discovered that upon her father’s loss of life, she and her household have been additionally shedding their prime seats at LaVell Edwards Stadium for dwelling football video games, those her dad had held for 40 years.

“Not gonna lie… this one goes to harm for some time,” she wrote in a message she shared on social media.

She — the household — was not allowed to resume the season tickets and preserve them, successfully including to the burden that loss of life had introduced by blocking the sustaining of such fond decades-long reminiscences.


The tweet elicited many responses, most of them sympathetic to the lady’s plight and calling for BYU to alter a policy that prevented the passing alongside of sure tickets in a type of intergenerational transmission. Other BYU zealots absurdly ridiculed her.

Throwing the overlay of the passing of a cherished one on high of that prevention brought on one thing of an outcry. And on Friday, Jon McBride, a BYU affiliate athletic director, was busy in conferences and discussions about BYU’s methodology for dealing with circumstances such because the one described.

“It’s fairly anxious,” he mentioned.

The lady who wrote the unique tweet, contacted by The Tribune, mentioned in so many phrases that she did not wish to speak additional about it, including that she’s loyal to BYU and did not imply for her message to trigger any type of whirlwind .

Too late

And, man, did not McBride and different BYU officers comprehend it.

What to do? … What to do?

On the one hand, you might have the progeny of a loyal Cougar fan who jumped on the probability to safe season tickets in a candy location manner again in the day at a comparatively candy price, establishing a household custom of attending BYU video games.

On the opposite, you might have BYU, a college that’s getting ready for entry into the Big 12, searching for extra sources to help that endeavor wherever it could possibly legitimately discover them, with boosters and deep-pocketed followers who’re already donating massive sums of money to this system and who’re keen to donate extra. They need good seats, higher seats than they at the moment have.

Should Brother and Sister So-And-So, who supported BYU football again when this system wanted what it may get, be granted these prime season tickets in perpetuity, from technology to technology, from now ’til Kingdom Come?

And as a result of a member of the family bought these seats manner again when, ought to that household and solely that household have these most well-liked seats, disallowing different followers and their households from having the identical alternative?

In a world full of massive issues, this would possibly appear to be a tiny one, however bear in mind, we’re speaking football right here. Foot-freaking-ball.

And then, we’re speaking BYU foot-freaking-ball, which at all times has a point of non secular overtones to it, overtones this system itself, the college itself, emphasizes and embraces. So, when a brother’s household — any brother’s or sister’s household — is affected by a apply or policy like this, in the title of filthy lucre, then BYU is accused by a few of being hypocritical at greatest and uncaring and money-hungry at second- at greatest and the arm of not a faith, quite a devilish company enterprise at worst.

What do you say?

This is what BYU says (learn on and we’ll reconvene on the finish of 5 paragraphs):

“BYU Athletics and the BYU Ticket Office have long-standing insurance policies and practices associated to the renewal of LaVell Edwards Stadium football tickets.

“The stadium donor program was created in 1962, with the development of LaVell Edwards Stadium (Cougar Stadium on the time). With a donation then, people have been assured season tickets, in the seats they secured, for 2 generations. This was an ideal deal for Cougar followers and likewise an ideal profit to BYU Athletics as we seemed to construct and broaden our fan base at a time after we actually wanted it.

“Now, in 2023, we discover ourselves in a really completely different scenario. We have a stadium at most capability, now we have a few of the high applications in the nation enjoying us in LES, we’re heading into the Big 12 and we’re in a completely completely different provide/demand scenario than we have been 50 years in the past.

“BYU Athletics will proceed to honor our contracts for stadium donor seats in LES. Outside of stadium donor tickets, different season ticket agreements shouldn’t have those self same contracts related to them, that permit for transferring tickets past deceased events. This is a typical apply for a lot of faculties {and professional} ticketing entities.

“Moving ahead, we might be adjusting and transitioning our practices. We are going to work onerous to deal with those that have helped us get to the place we at the moment are and with these seeking to safe tickets at LaVell Edwards Stadium into the longer term.”

Remember, legacy followers in a scenario just like the one described above aren’t completely booted out of the stadium, solely reassigned completely different seats.

This is a type of instances the place there are colliding truths from each instructions. You can bounce on no matter facet you would like, however every is comprehensible. Families of longtime season ticket holders who lose a cherished one and wish to proceed on with a cool custom, and a program that has a ready record of different followers and their households hungry for football and desperate to pay appreciable quantities to have prime seats.

It’s a scenario loads of football applications take care of, not simply the one in Provo. It’s simply that the one in Provo says a stadium-wide prayer earlier than kickoffs and plenty of of its followers pay tithing to the church that owns the college.


Should cash, then, at all times win out? Well… cash secured the seats in the primary place. Should loyalty win the day? Well…how is that loyalty outlined? Should one fan and his household be allowed to carry onto nice seats yesterday, immediately, tomorrow, the day after tomorrow, the day after 10,000 tomorrows? Well… different followers and households would really like an opportunity to look at BYU video games from a spot apart from the nosebleeds. And… BYU needs — wants? — more cash.

What’s the reply? BYU has given its reply. What’s yours?

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