But I did sign in and took a look around. Here are the seat availabilities by section as of 9PM tonight (3/28/11.)
The percentages at the bottom are calculated as follows:
TOTAL -- this is the number of available seats on the site divided by the listed capacity of Beaver Stadium from the Beaver Stadium Pictorial (107,282.) Basically, of the 107,282 seats in the stadium, 13% are currently unassigned to anybody. When was the last time you can remember that many available seats in a single season? The number of non-renewers is at an all-time high methinks. And it appears that a large proportion of them were in higher end seats.
The second set of percentages is NOT based on total seat capactiy, but on total available seats. So at the $100 level, 1645 is 12% of 13,975. 12% of the available seats are at the $100 level.
A number of people already selected before I could log on. The total number of seats though is probably about the same, as they would have given up seats to get the new ones, although I suppose you could add seats to your account at this time as well. I'm not sure about that. If so, the total number of available seats could have been a little higher.
The results are slightly skewed toward the higher end seats because the majority of open seats were in the relocated student section (EB-ED.) Most of these are $400-600 seats, and the lone $100 section, EB and EBU only have 80 seats between them left, compared to thousands of $400-600 seats. In other words, of the available seats from the student section moving, most of the $100 seats are gone. Most of the higher priced seats remain.
I am not surprised by this. The vast majority of fans have gravitated to the lower end seats ($100.) Of course, as the process continues, there will presumably be more lower end seats open up as people upgrade along the way. I just don't see the numbers shifting that dramatically, though. There is probably a portion of the people left to pick--probably at the end with lower NLC point totals, who will downgrade if they can.
I do wonder what the University is going to do with a large chunk of higher end seats that could go untaken at the end of the process. Anyone who is on a "waiting list" from other years is on that list because they failed to donate enough money to get off that list. Are they really going to pony up $600-2000 per seat per year to now finally get seats?
We shall see.
I would be interested in seeing some responses from people who have gone through this process, will be going through it, or have chosen not to renew. Let's hear from you!