Mama_Bull Posted September 18, 2008 Group: Member Topic Count: 0 Content Count: 18,470 Reputation: 899 Days Won: 44 Joined: 10/14/2003 Share Posted September 18, 2008 Portion of an Oracle article:Wristband woesAnother factor that could be indirectly attributed to some of Fridayâ€™s arrests and ejections was the elimination of wristbands in the student section. To get into the 100 level seating area, students used to have to wear a wristband, which would make them easily identifiable to ushers guarding the areaâ€™s entry.This move was intended to eliminate the 10-20 minutes students spent waiting for a wristband, as well as the trip to the Sun Dome to pick it up, said Megan Latchford, student marketing head, in an interview before the Kansas game.This tradeoff has come with its downsides, however, as students printed multiple copies of their tickets and employed other tactics to sneak friends into the 100 level, causing the end zone to fill up before some students with 100 level seats could get there, Casey said.Junior Brian Rosegger spent part of his evening in the Orient Road Jail after getting into a dispute with an usher and a police officer over where he should sit. Rosegger had a 100 level ticket, but since the 100 level was already full he was instructed to go to the 200 level, where the usher denied him because he had a 100 level ticket, he said.â€œI went back to the usher and I said, â€˜Either you guys arenâ€™t doing your job or USF is giving out too many tickets and I donâ€™t think itâ€™s the latter,â€™â€ he said. â€œHe didnâ€™t take too kindly to that.â€As the argument grew heated, Rosegger was arrested on charges of battery on a law enforcement officer and obstructing or opposing an officer.Should other students have similar seating problems, Casey recommends they use the stadiumâ€™s text messaging service, which can be reached at 813-277-6501, or call 813-350-6501 if they cannot receive text messages. Students must list their exact location so a stadium representative can meet with them and sort out the issue.â€œHow you handle the issue is a big factor in (whether you get arrested, ejected or left alone),â€ Casey said, adding that officers typically give guests a warning before taking action against them, unless the guests are fighting.TSA and USF officials acknowledged that the system may need changing before the next home game against Pittsburgh in two weeks. TSA, the Tampa Police Department and USF Athletics will meet Friday and discuss what changes they can make to create a more enjoyable experience for those attending Bulls games.â€œThere is a consideration of bringing the wristbands back because some people arenâ€™t doing what theyâ€™re supposed to be doing and itâ€™s making the game less enjoyable for others,â€ Casey said.http://www.usforacle.com/more_people_arrested_at_bulls_game_than_at_bucs Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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