If you happen to check in on the game between Rice and UAB on Fox Sports 1 on Thursday night, you might be treated to what appears to be a full stadium.
But don’t be deceived.
UAB is asking all fans to sit on the east side of its stadium – the side in direct view of cameras – in order to make the stadium look fuller for the national television audience.
UAB also is moving its bench from the west side to the east side and taking the student section with it.
"We are hopeful of a good turnout for the Rice game," UAB athletics director Brian Mackin said in a release. "With the television broadcast of the game, we want to fill the east side of the stadium and are asking our fans to assist in this effort by sitting on the east side of Legion Field. It is our intent to present a positive image to all the viewers who will be watching that night.
"Moving our team to the east side will allow our fans to continue to sit behind our bench to support our players and coaches. The move will also allow us to have both benches on the same side of the field as the teams' locker rooms."
UAB has averaged about 13,508 fans during its three home games this season in a stadium that seats 72,000. The Blazers’ total attendance ranks 127th out of 128 FBS teams, landing just in front of Eastern Michigan.
The Blazers are 2-8 this season.
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