Northwestern moves students, could result in better TV look

Northwestern moves students, could result in better TV look
February 7, 2014, 10:45 am
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Vinnie Duber

Northwestern is moving its student section to the other side of the field.

And while seating-location jostling at Ryan Field is hardly the most breaking of news, an outcome of the switch is actually pretty interesting.

If you've watched a Northwestern home game on TV — let's say, for example, that game last October against Ohio State — you might have wondered where all the Wildcats fans are. That's because the TV cameras point away from the season-ticket holders, marching band and student section. All the Northwestern supporters sit behind the cameras, while the traveling fans purchase tickets on the other side of the field, in direct sight of the cameras.

It makes Ryan Field look road fan-heavy

The move of the student section could work to change that. And student complaints had something to do with it, too.

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From a report from The Daily Northwestern:

The changes came after talks with Associated Student Government and focus groups with students, athletic department spokesman Paul Kennedy told The Daily. Kennedy said students called their seats "some of the worst in the building" and complained they were unable to see the video board from their seats and were not visible on television. Moving Wildside was the logical solution, he said.

"We can't move the video board and we can't move the TV, unfortunately, so we moved the student section and the band," Kennedy said.

In another change, Pat Fitzgerald's team will also get to choose which sideline it uses on a game-by-game basis.