New Pauley Pavilion Seating Threatens Traditional UCLA Student Section

About a month ago, the UCLA Bruins athletic department sent out a press release on some so-called enhancements being done to the student section at Pauley Pavilion. Bruins Nation, SB Nation's UCLA community, immediately smelled a rat, breaking down the proposed new seating arrangement, digging up the survey that admins used to justify the move and calling for the school to investigate the "cooked" survey.

As it is, students are split up into two locations: behind one goal and along one sideline. The new plan would bunch them all behind that basket, replacing that sideline student section with older alumni, which would damage Pauley's noise potential and thus home court advantage, according to Bruins Nation.

Like a pack of ... well, bears, Bruins Nation has stayed on the case for a solid week now. They've shared comments from students who feel the higher-ups misled them about the nature of the renovation campaign, started a vigorous social media campaign and responded to a voice of dissent from within student leadership (and within Bruins Nation's own community!).

The arguments for relocating the student section, as contributed by bkbruin, include suffering attendance, the difficulty of coordinating fan involvement activities such as chants and the benefits of having a single, dedicated place in the arena for students to call home. 

For more on the Pauley controversy, visit Bruins Nation.

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