NCAA Wrestling notebook: Added floor seats have fans close to action

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.
by Ed Godfrey and Michael Baldwin Published: March 22, 2014

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.”

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by Ed Godfrey
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Ed Godfrey was born in Muskogee and raised in Stigler. He has worked at The Oklahoman for 25 years. During that time, he has worked a myriad of beats for The Oklahoman including both the federal and county courthouse in Oklahoma City for more...
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by Michael Baldwin
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Mike Baldwin has been a sports reporter for The Oklahoman since 1982. Mike graduated from Okmulgee High School in 1974 and attended Oklahoma Christian University, graduating with a journalism degree in 1978. Mike's first job was sports editor...
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