To be honest, I'm not sure why they split this process into two phases. I imagine there are a number of folks who had grandfathered in to 50-yard line seats and do not want to now pay $600 a seat per year to keep them. If they decided to retain at all (assuming they weren't thoroughly disgusted and already released those tickets, choosing not to renew) then those "prime" seats are now going to open up in the next phase--but the upgraders have already chosen, and perhaps would have wanted those seats had they known they would become available. I'm not sure why there simply wasn't a process from start to finish--choose up or down--based on your points. You could risk taking seats later if you chose to see if some of those prime seats would become available.
Who am I kidding? The only FAIR way to have done this would have been to reseat everyone based on point totals. That didn't happen. So no matter how they did it, there would be some inequity.
NOW THAT I HAVE WRITTEN THIS, I went back to the PSU website to check the details. I was under the wrong impression . . . I thought anyone could retain their seats so long as they had made the donation to qualify for that seat this year. But those who chose to downgrade had to forfeit their seats as per the STEP FAQs page:
If you declare that you are interested in moving to a zone that requires a lower Seat Equity donation, you must first RELEASE your current ticket, then you may participate in the seat selection process. However, there can be no guaranteed offered as availability will be unknown ahead of time. Therefore, there is some risk with this choice.So that explains why there are almost 14,000 seats available. I wasn't aware that some people had to give up their seats. Again, it doesn't seem fair that people who are looking to upgrade can shop around but still keep their seats if they choose, but people looking to downgrade can't. It is also clear that some of the people upgrading these past few weeks have at least made lateral moves since there have been some $100 seats taken. On the other hand, doing it this way did open up those potential higher value seats for folks that wanted to upgrade.
In the next phase of things, we should start to see the total number of available seats drop, as these folks have already given up their seats. Of course, some may be disappointed in what is left and simply choose no seats. I'm really curious to see how many seats are left and how the University tries to sell those.
My head hurts now.
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