USC football: Pat Haden addresses Coliseum issues with fans

Following up on a survey about Coliseum renovations that raised the possibility of implementation of personal licenses for some seats, USC Athletic Director Pat Haden said in an email to fans that no decisions have been made.

Last month, USC sent the survey to season ticket holders and others last month.

Among other topics, the survey included references to "premium seat interest," possible "new premium seating areas" and "capital gifts." It cited capital gifts associated with recently renovated stadiums at Tennessee, Baylor, Texas A&M and Kansas State.

On Wednesday, in his monthly "State of Troy," Haden posed and addressed seven questions related to the survey and renovation of the Coliseum.

One of the questions read: "Are fans going to lose their seats or be forced to buy a personal seat license to protect them?"

Haden wrote, "no decisions have been made."

"There has been a range of opinions, both positive and negative, and those ideas will be considered at every step in the process, including how to honor and recognize previous commitments should seat licenses be imposed in some of the stadium," Haden wrote. "At the same time, we need to be cognizant that not every long-time USC fan wants a premium option and we need to provide an affordable experience for those fans."

Haden also noted that, "Since 2000, every Pac-12 school has spent between $32 million and $313 million more on stadium improvements than USC. Nationally, schools such as Notre Dame, Texas A&M and Baylor are taking on $100 million to $500 million projects."


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