UCLA one step closer to shade at Rose Bowl

UCLA's student section could be moving to new seats this season. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

UCLA’s student section could be moving to new seats this season. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

After positive results from a student survey, the UCLA football team could be moving from the sunny side of the Rose Bowl sooner rather than later.

Of 1,342 respondents in a survey conducted by The Den and UCLA athletics in November, 61 percent of said they would prefer moving student seating at the Rose Bowl for UCLA football games to the north end zone from its current position in the northeast corner of the field. Seventy-five percent of respondents also indicated that they would be as likely or more likely to attend games if the student section was moved.

In the current set up at the Rose Bowl, the UCLA football team is required to use the sun-drenched east sideline due to a Pac-12 rule prohibiting student sections from being behind opposing benches. Moving The Den to the north end zone (between sections 8H and 15L in the lower bowl) would then free the football team to move to the shadier west sideline as early as this upcoming season.

Courtesy: The Den

Courtesy: The Den

Courtesy: The Den

Courtesy: The Den

There are still many moving parts before the proposal can be finalized, a UCLA spokesperson said. Some season ticket holders could be displaced with the change and UCLA athletics is reaching out to season ticket holders about the possible relocation.

If the teams change sidelines, they will likely also change locker rooms and tunnels to prevent players from crossing paths while running on to the field. UCLA would have to rebrand the home locker room if the teams switch, but it could come at a convenient time as the school is making the transition to Under Armour from Adidas for the 2017 season.

The athletic department will have to sort out all the logistics before Jan. 27 when season ticket renewal starts.

The proposed Den seating also moves the majority of the students to the lower bowl with the intention of creating a more energized atmosphere at the Rose Bowl. According to the survey, 61 percent of respondents said they would feel more “engaged and connected” to the game with the changed set up. Sections 13H to 15L in the upper bowl would also be reserved for overflow student seating.

“The students in the upper sections felt a little distant,” said Jeff Kohl, a UCLA junior and The Den president who added that the results were “encouraging signs.”

Two years ago, UCLA moved student section seating in Pauley Pavilion for men’s basketball games with a similar goal of creating a more raucous crowd.

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  • PVBruin17

    This is long overdue. I’ve seen the effect the sun has in youth baseball/softball. When one team is roasting and looking into the sun and the other is in the cool shade, it has a significant impact.

    • TK Bruin

      Yeah — I never understood the current configuration. It positively BAKES on the sunny side. And it’s harder to see with the sun in your eyes. It can’t help those big guys in pads sweating in the sun, while the competition is cooling down sitting in the shade.

      • TK Bruin

        And I like how the new plan gets the end zone super-loud for those goal line stands.

        • gotroy22

          Only if you are defending the north end zone. Meanwhile you hapless students will have no idea what is happening on the other end of the field with those lousy seats.

    • tabguy2

      Terry Donahue and Bob Toledo seemed to do just fine in the sun. Maybe they had higher quality players and/or coaching who were better conditioned.

      • PVBruin17

        They were good, but may have been better. In a game of inches, every advantage helps.

        • PVBruin17

          And I don’t remember either one of those coaches winning a national championship.

          • gotroy22

            USC seems to win national championship with our players on the sunny side of the Coliseum. That poll must be more of what Sore Loserman Hillary calls fake news. There is no way the students want to be moved to crummy end zone seats.

          • 88 Straight

            The Coliseum runs East/West, so both sides are in the sun. Pretty simple stuff you won’t find on Breitbart.

            Do you need further explanation about how the sun rises in the East and sets in the West!

          • gotroy22

            But you would know the press box side of the Coliseum gets less sun since it is north facing. Oh wait you get your fake news from the USA Today, PMSNBC and the Clinton News Network.

          • 88 Straight

            Hardly the same as the east side of the Rose Bowl in the afternoon. Press box at Coliseum in the afternoon not providing much shade, but spin all you want.

          • gotroy22

            Why don’t you watch copes of the old show Northern Exposure and then enlightenment might come to your brain that has been pickled with lib propaganda so much it can’t function..

    • gotroy22

      You poor Snowflakes melt.

  • tabguy2

    The real benefit to UCLA is it frees up valuable 35 yard line seats by moving the students to the end zone. Can’t imagine any student that could sit on the 35 yard line would ever vote to move behind the goal posts. This poll must have been given to students who never attended a game.

    • derek06

      student section is around the 10-15 yard line. not the 35 yard line

      • gotroy22

        It used to be, the greedly leftist ruin administrators have been gradually moving the students to worse and worse seats and then wonder why student attendance is down. The big secret is the student athletes are given seats on the 50 yard line down low and most of them leave before halftime. Back when the ruins played in the Coliseum the student section started at the 50 yard line, on the sunny side of course.

    • gotroy22

      It’s that Fake News everyone is talking about.

  • Sam Bam

    Darnay Holmes is leaning to USC but Daddy Holmes is trying his hardest to get him to UCLA. C’mon Dad. Let him live his own life!!!!

    • 88 Straight

      Maybe his dad wants him to graduate!

      • Sam Bam

        Maybe his dad has his own agenda

  • j metaphor

    Does anyone else notice how the noise level and frequency is down significantly since Geoff Strand “retired”?
    Dead at that end.
    He may have seemed somewhat goofy to some, but he knew the game and made it loud when opposing teams were at that end of the field.
    Without Strand and his predecessor, Engineer Jeff, we lose some significant home field advantage.
    On to basketball!

    • Luis Wuence

      I couldn’t agree more with this, he was awesome and had great energy that was contagious. I NEED EVERY MAN, WOMAN, AND CHILD ON THEIR FEET… guy was legit.

    • gotroy22

      Please remind us again why he was removed by Dan Guerrero.