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Question #90030 posted on 07/09/2017 10:56 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

I bought a ROC pass last year but, with so much chaos going on in my life, I didn't really take advantage of it. I probably lent it out to people more times than I actually used it. In fact, when it came to school events overall, I was basically a no-show. So I'm thinking about buying another one when school starts again, with the intent of not being lame and to experience the best of what BYU offers. I am, however, sort of skeptic of whether or not the ROC pass would be worth it.

For example, at the UCLA game last year, so many students showed up that there was no room in the ROC section for my friends and I; while I'm sure security could've easily found us a place nearby, they basically left us high and dry...they neither showed us where to go, nor did they offer suggestions (I'll add that we were early to the game). Without any help, we decided to go to the opposite end zone and sit at the top to watch. Fortunately, no one bought those seats previous to our stealing them, but I still couldn't help but be a little upset because of the situation: BYU had clearly sold more ROC passes than it could manage, and they didn't have a solution.
I went to the Mississippi State game later, making sure to be there especially early. I got a decent seat (near the middle), but I wonder how the people who didn't show up two hours early like I did fared. I imagine they had to find other seats outside of the ROC section as well.

Can anyone attest to this? Is this a problem among all sporting events, or just football? If it is a problem, does the school know there are more ROC passes than seats? What can be done?

-'Don't Go Chasing Line Passes'


Dear TLC,

Well, according to BYU marketing coordinator Kevin Kindred in this Daily Universe article, BYU doesn't have a minimum number of ROC passes to sell. On the main webpage for the ROC pass it's stated that the ROC pass does not guarantee admission to the games, and that is because they do in fact have more ROC passes than seats. That has been BYU's intention all along, because if they only sold as many ROC passes as they have seats, they'd never have a full student section. I've experienced this first hand many times at packed sporting events. Sadly for those of us who don't want to camp out a bit for every exciting game, BYU probably won't be changing their policy soon.

Keep it real,
Sherpa Dave