The man, the myth, the
legend future Locks-of-Loved onor Kyle Tucker sat down with Mitch Barnhart as well, along with Gentleman John Clay. Mitch apparently made it known that he’d prefer a renovation of Commonwealth Stadium to include less seating. This seems counter-productive in its face, and not the norm for SEC schools. However, could it make more sense? There is an argument to be made that a focus on aesthetic and functionality of the stadium trumps the sheer number of people you can fit in.
We’ve gone back-and-forth on this subject regarding a renovated Rupp Arena fitting less people, and vanity tells us that we want more seats so we can be #1 on the list of biggest arena, biggest attendance, etc. However, there is a very compelling argument that that improvements (i.e. corporate, luxury boxes) would outweigh the negatives. And now we have reached a similar talking point about the future of UK football’s home field.
I’m a bit torn. I want to have more numbers and more attendance, but that requires a demand for more seating and for fans to fill the seats again. Also, what benefits are there to the improvements that force less seating? That’s something to be addressed. Is the aesthetic of the stadium more for the fans for the players? Do recruits want to see more butts in seats or a nicer stadium? That’s a question I can’t answer, but I am very curious as to how Commonwealth’s future plays out.
What say you?