Four myths of the BYU ROC Pass debunked

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There are some commonly held beliefs about BYU’s all-sports access card, the BYU ROC Pass, but not all of them are true. Here are a few points of view on some of these myths.

Myth: The ROC Pass will eventually sell out.

This myth arises from the logic that since their are a limited number of seats in LaVell Edwards Stadium and the Marriott Center, BYU has a limited number of passes it can sell.

The reality is that ROC Passes will never sell out.

“We will sell ROC Passes to the entire student body if they want,” BYU marketing coordinator Kevin Kindred said. “You don’t ever have to worry about that.”

Myth: You have to camp out in order to get a good seat.

“This depends on the game,” said Peter Schleede, a junior student studying mechanical engineering. “You may not get the absolute best seat at a Utah game, but if you just go early and wait in line, you can still get pretty good seats.”

Camping out will ensure that you get the seats closest to the field or court, but good seats can be had without pitching a tent.

Students in the ROC section cheer on the Cougars as they take on Boise State. ROC Passes get students in to every NCAA regular season event and are on sale at BYUtickets.com. (Maddi Dayton)
Students in the ROC section cheer on the Cougars as they take on Boise State. ROC Passes get students in to every NCAA regular season event and are on sale at BYUtickets.com. (Maddi Dayton)

BYU student marketing and promotions assistant Brian Fagan said because it is such a long student section, those who camp out will only take up the first three or four rows, and rows four to 36 are filled up by those who come an hour or so before the game.

Myth: Rotating assigned seats made the student section better.

“Nah, having everyone together and less spread is better because you feel good because everyone around you is just as pumped up as you are,” Schleede said.

The move of the student section to general admission and in the corner of the end zone was modeled after Penn State. As Kindred explained, this change creates an opposing atmosphere for opponents where students show up early and stay for the duration of the event with the “most passionate fans up front.”

Myth: Cougars can’t roar.

“Have you heard the student section?” Alicia Vielstich, a junior studying recreation management, said. “Students can roar.”

A real cougar may not roar but that is not the intended point.

“Roar is a common word when describing noise. The roar of a car, the roar of a plane, the roar of a crowd,” said Fagan.

BYU has dedicated fans who love their sports.

“You can see that BYU fans are passionate because we have a ton of people at football, we set records all the time at women’s soccer, we have the highest attending average for men’s volleyball — we have a great student section,” said Kindred. “Anybody who hasn’t experienced it yet should come and check it out.”

Students can purchase ROC Passes for admission to every BYU NCAA-sponsored home game throughout the year. ROC Passes are still on sale at BYUtickets.com.

 

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