But did the reseating also play a major role?
"We don't think reseating had anything to do with the 4,000 attendance figures," Borman said. "The total of Mountaineer Athletic Club gifts from those that purchased men's basketball season tickets last season was $8,079,240. The total from this year was $9,706,320.
"Last year, we had 1,186 MAC members purchase men's basketball tickets. This year, we had 1,218."
So, while overall season-ticket sales dropped by 1,633, it's easy to understand why administrators believe it wasn't because of the reseating plan. The number of those donating - and mostly affected by the plan - went up by 33, and the school actually raised $1,627,080 more this year than last.
"To say we raised more money but sold less overall season tickets sounds negative, but it's not," Borman said. "We just had a situation where certain individuals owned a large number of tickets and seats. We were hoping by implementing the plan we'd encourage people to join the MAC and buy season tickets with a more fair and equitable process.
"We had a retention rate on MAC season-ticket holders of 78 percent. We had 294 new MAC season-ticket holders buying 766 tickets. From those numbers, I'd say, no, the reseating plan hasn't hurt us."
Change, though, is rarely embraced in these parts.
"Feedback was all over the board," Borman said. "Some were upset they were being moved. But some were glad we were putting in a process that rewarded them with seats that represented the type of donations they were giving."
In short, the process limits the number of people who can piggyback or bogart off wealthier donors. The big-money donors, of course, still get primo seats. But for a $25,000 donation they are limited to four VIP seats and a total of 10 lower-level seats. A $6,500 donation allows one to secure four lower-level seats.
You can, of course, still get lower-level seats without the donations, but nothing is guaranteed and won't be held.
By the way, if you want to know how common reseating plans are, do the easiest bit of research possible: Google the words. I quickly found schools like Purdue, Memphis, Michigan State and Minnesota reseat - but also schools like Rhode Island, Old Dominion, Wyoming and James Madison. Marquette does so every two years.
It has, though, been a change, and that change is a bit difficult to understand. The bottom line, though, is the reseating plan probably really hasn't had much of an effect on WVU attendance.
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