It was a pleasure to read in today's Crimson of the resolution sent by, the class of 1920 to the H.A.A. urging that season tickets, instead of being sole to the general public should be here after sold only to graduates upon application, and that the west side of the Stadium be reserved for Crimson supporters. The above solution of the seating difficulty at football games is generally held and advocated throughout the undergraduate bode. The section is, will the H.A.A. act to remedy the problem? This is a natural question to ask in view of the many years that the present conditions have existed at the Stadium with no effort initiated by the H.A.A. to apply the obvious remedy proposed by the class of 1920.
There may be objections to the plan advocated above but they can be met, and it is certain that the student body will not be satisfied with anything except a thorough reorganization of the seating arrangements next year. Financial considerations of the Athletic Association may outweigh the need for solidarity of Harvard supporters, and dictate that they must sell a number of season tickets to those who dwell nearby but who have nom connection with University and no sympathy with its supporters. If this is true a season ticket, at the same price as a season ticket restricted to Harvard gradates, Amy be sold to outsiders, this new season ticket having a different colored cover and admitting only to a certain section of the Stadium. This section for holders of season tickets who come to football games to see Harvard beaten if possible could be placed on the east side, in the bowl, in the wooden stands, or if absolutely necessary on the west side, but roped off from the Harvard A. A. and season ticket sections. This would solve any financial problem connected with the necessity for the sale of a number of low price season tickets to those outside the University, and would prevent the mixing of these outsiders with Harvard men in the stands.
It would also present a solution for Mr. Hallowell who has told us lately in the Crimson that many gradates of other schools now in the Harvard graduate schools prefer to roof for the opposing team. Under this plan when a graduate bought his season ticket he would be advised that for the same price he could all in either of two sections. If he came to the game to "see a thrilling battle" with sympathy on neither side, or if he came to voice his support for the other team against Harvard then he would no doubt find if more pleasant in the season ticket section provided for this case. On the other hand if he really wished to be one with undergraduate and graduate Harvard men, he might purchase a ticket in the sections reserved for them.
The plan as briefly outlined provides for a clear cut and sharply defined division of the Stadium into two groups: one containing those who are not for Harvard because of their sympathy for the opponent or because of their coral balance of in cling the other only real Harvard men. I believe that only some even scaling arrangement in the Stadium will satisfy the student body.
November 4, 1921