Top of the Morning, April 9, 2014
Faraway C Section seats weren't always the best place to watch a basketball game at State Farm Center.
In the mancave, however, they'd be ideal.
That's the kind of response the UI received when it surveyed season-ticket holders about the possible sale of seats removed during renovation currently underway.
"We did a questionnaire to ask what the interest level would be," Illinois SID Kent Brown said. "The feedback was really, really positive."
So as soon as today Illinois will make about 650 sets of C Section seats — two in each — available for $325 plus a $99 shipping charge. They are the cushioned seats from the center west side of State Farm Center, touched up by S&S Seating so as to stand upright — orange legs and commemorative plaque included — in the spot of your choosing.
S&S also worked with the UI to sell sections of bleachers after Memorial Stadium was fixed up a few years ago. That project went over well.
"We'd like to think with the history of basketball here, there'd be a similar demand," UI assistant AD Marty Kaufmann said.
Proceeds will be funneled to the renovation project, Kaufmann said.
"We have heard from fans who said they wanted something to remember the Assembly Hall/State Farm Center before the renovation," Kaufmann said. "We also have fans who want to help with the project but aren't fiscally able to with premium seating and things like that."
Delivery will take up to eight weeks.
If sales are strong, the UI might consider offering seats from A and B sections in 2015.