FAYETTEVILLE — In an effort to accommodate the University of Arkansas’ record enrollment, growing student support and enhance the overall fan atmosphere at basketball games, additional courtside seats for students are being added at Bud Walton Arena.
The installation of bench seating, similar to that used in The Trough, a student section on the south side of the playing floor, will allow 175 additional students to sit near the court behind the east basketball goal adjacent to the Razorback Band. Construction is under way to transform the area into an extension of the existing student section. The new student seating will be available for the beginning of the 2013-14 basketball seasons. No basketball season ticket holders will be impacted by the change.
Last February, the Associated Student Government passed a resolution supporting an increase in student seating nearer the Bud Walton Arena court.
Student leaders believe the access to more courtside seats will further increase student attendance and encourage student participation at basketball games.
“We have a tremendous student tradition here at the University of Arkansas,” head men’s basketball coach Mike Anderson said. “With the style of basketball we play, crowd involvement is critical to our success and that enthusiasm starts with our students. They asked for more seats closer to the court and our administration worked to make that happen. So now students, let’s really make Bud Walton Arena one of the toughest places to play in college basketball.”