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Student organizations lose reserved seating at football game

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The student section at the University of Alabama home football game verse Tennessee will look a little different.

The Student Government Association decided to revoke reserved block seating for about twenty student organizations. 

This decision comes after the student section was mostly empty after last week's game against Arkansas.  

Cheering their hearts out, is what some believe is lacking come the second half of home football games in the Alabama student section.

Philip Costa an UA sophomore said, "I feel like they just get bored with the game, and there are so many just Greek associations that leave so early to start partying and everybody just follows them and leaves."    

Because many students left early last week, about 20 organizations had their privileged block seating revoked.

UA student Marc Gonzalez said, "That would happen if the team left early? Then we would lose a game. So I feel like if the team stays and plays their hearts out the whole game, then the fans should stay the whole game and watch." 

According to the UA SGA student handbook, individual organizations can be penalized for what's considered unacceptable behavior, like throwing items on their field, arriving late, or leaving early.    

But some students don't agree with removing the block seating for some organizations. UA Sophomore Robert Stevenson said, "I don't think that is the greatest idea. I think because we want to leave early, it shouldn't matter because I mean it's up to us." 

Head football coach Nick Saban weighed in on the debate. He said, "In some kind of way everybody that chooses to go to the game should stay there and support the team you know for the game." 

Some students said a ticket is a ticket and students should support their team no matter what the score is.

"Roll Tide. You've got to suffer through it," Claire Turner as UA freshman added. 

Open rows in student section will be marked as "open seating" on the bleachers.

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