Is BYU too corporate, too inconsiderate with its football ticket policy or is it just right? It’s your decision

The daughter of a longtime BYU fan discovered that after her father’s death, she and her family were also losing their home seats at LaVell Edwards Stadium for home football games, the ones her father had held for 40 years.

“I’m not going to lie… this is going to hurt for a while,” she wrote in a message she posted on social media.

She – the family – was not allowed to renew and keep season tickets, effectively adding to the burden the death brought by preventing such cherished, decades-long memories from being preserved.


The tweet prompted many responses, most of them sympathetic to the women’s plight and calling for BYU to change the policy that prevented certain tickets from being passed on in some kind of generational transmission. Other BYU fanatics mocked her absurdly.

Throwing the cover of a loved one’s death on top of this ban caused some outrage. And on Friday, John McBride, BYU’s associate athletic director, was busy with meetings and discussions about BYU’s way of handling conditions like the one described.

“It’s very stressful,” he said.

Contacted by The Tribune, the woman who wrote the original tweet said in so many words that she did not want to talk about it further, adding that she is a BYU loyalist and did not mean her letter to cause any kind of whirlwind. .

Too late.

And oh man, didn’t McBride and other BYU officials know him.

what should be done? … what should be done?

On the other hand, you have the offspring of a loyal cougar fan who jumped at the chance to pick up season tickets at a sweet spot way back in the day at a relatively sweet cost, creating a family tradition of attending BYU games.

On the other hand, you have BYU, A school preparing to enter the Big 12, looking for additional resources to support this endeavor wherever it can legitimately find them, with wealthy boosters and fans already donating large amounts of cash to the program and who are willing to donate even more. They want good seats, better seats than they currently have.

Brother and sister must so and so, who supported BYU Football Back when the show needed what it could get, prime-season tickets forever, from generation to generation, from now until Kingdom Come?

And because one family member got those seats backwards, when should only that family have those preferred seats, preventing other fans and their families from getting the same opportunity?

In a world full of big problems, this may seem like a small problem, but remember, we’re talking about football here. Freaking football.

And then, we’re talking messed up BYU football, which always has a certain degree of religious overtones to it, and affects the program itself, the school itself, and affirms and embraces. Therefore, when a brother’s family – the family of any brother or sister – is affected by a practice or policy like this, in the name of filthy profit, BYU is accused by some of being hypocritical at best and uncaring and money-hungry in the second place – benevolence and arm not religion, but rather legitimate Devilish company at worst.

what you say?

Here’s what BYU says (read on and we’ll come back at the end of five paragraphs):

BYU Athletics and the BYU ticket office had longstanding policies and practices regarding ticket renewals for LaVell Edwards Stadium.

The stadium donor program was established in 1962, with the construction of LaVell Edwards Stadium (Cougar stadium at the time). With a donation thereafter, individuals were guaranteed season tickets, in the seats they were given, for two generations. This was a great thing for Cougar fans and also a benefit Big for BYU Athletics as we were looking to build and expand our fan base at a time when we really needed it.

“Now, in 2023, we find ourselves in a very different situation. We have a stadium at maximum capacity, we have some of the best programs in the country playing for us at the LES, we are heading into the Big 12 and we are in a very different supply/demand situation than we were 50 years ago.” .

“BYU Athletics will continue to honor our contracts for stadium donor seating at the LES. Outside of stadium donor tickets, other season ticket agreements do not have the same contracts attached to them, which allow tickets to be transferred beyond deceased parties. This is standard practice for many ticketing entities.” .

“Going forward, we will adjust and transition our practices. We will work hard to nurture those who have helped get us where we are now and with those looking to secure tickets at LaVell Edwards Stadium in the future.”

Remember that old fans in a situation like the one described above are not completely evicted from the stadium, but only reassigned to different seats.

This is one of those cases where there are conflicting facts on both sides. You can jump to any side you want, but every side is understandable. Families of longtime season ticket holders who have lost loved ones and want to carry on a great tradition, and a program that has a waiting list of other football-hungry fans and their families who are eager to shell out big bucks for prime seats.

It’s a situation that a lot of football programs deal with, and not just Provo’s. It’s just that the person in Provo says a stadium-wide prayer before kickoff and many fans pay tithes to the church that owns the school.


Should money always win? Well…the money secured the seats in the first place. Should loyalty win today? Hmm…how is that loyalty defined? Should a fan and his family be allowed to hold big seats yesterday, today, tomorrow, the day after tomorrow, the day after 10,000 tomorrow? Well… other fans and families would love to have a chance to watch BYU games from somewhere other than a nosebleed. And … BYU wants – needs? – More money.

what is the answer? BYU gave its response. Which one is yours?

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