Adults, of course, have long known of this proclivity and prefer not to be seated right beside or behind the student section. Not if they want to see what’s going on down on the field or the floor. I recall in the early days of the now-vacated Wigwam, press row was in the middle of the last row of the lower section, right behind the students. Writers and broadcasters found themselves having to stand to see the last minutes of close games. That in part explains why press row was relocated to the end of the court.
The big-name Friday and Saturday night sports, of course, pay the freight for high school athletics. Crowds number in the thousands, thanks in part to the opportunity for students to schmooze while their elders enjoy the game. And why crowds at other sports are mostly the parents of the participants.
Jim Bailey’s column appears on Thursday. He can be reached by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.