Officials lowered the stage from four feet to two feet for the NCAA wrestling national finals at Chesapeake Energy Arena, doubling the number of fans on the floor from 400 to 800.
“You have a more intimate feel,” said Monte Hart of Spring, Texas, who paid $75, the face value of a floor ticket. “With the stage higher you can see more of the action, but the big screen is pretty good so it kind of evens out to some degree.”
Rick Dopps and Max Fisher, of Wichita, Kan., paid $85 each for their floor seats near the back row to support Oklahoma State’s Tyler Caldwell.
“You have to stand up (to see),” Fisher said. “As long as they allow you to stand up, there’s no problem.”
Dopps added: “Getting that close was way worth it.”
RAMOS’ BROTHER COMES PREPARED
Copying team champions that have pre-printed shirts and hats to wear during postgame celebrations, Iowa’s Tony Ramos’ brother handed his sibling an NCAA championship hat to wear after he won the 133-pound title.
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