Carolina Athletic Association President Reid Chaney is working this summer to keep his campaign promise to improve basketball ticket distribution policy.
One of Chaney's platform goals in last year's campaign was to relocate distributions from the Dean Smith Center to a more accessible place, like the Pit.
But due to limited space and a large student body, Chaney and his administration decided to revise their original plan. "We're looking at Kenan Stadium," Chaney said. "We don't know if we can use Kenan because it's used as a parking lot throughout the year."
Chaney said UNC ONE Cards will also play a new role in the process.
"We've been in touch with Mike Freeman with UNC One Cards, looking at a way to scan One Cards for distribution," he said. "The scanner is what a lot of the students wanted, so we're working really hard."
When a student's One Card is scanned, the student will receive one numbered bracelet. Chaney said he hopes the One Card scans will both diminish future problems and dispel accusations of cheating the system, which the CAA has faced in the past.
"We'll be able to scan your card and know if it's been denied or not," Chaney said. "It's a way to filter people in and out."
Current One Card provisions come into play as a result of a bill passed last year by Student Congress. The new rule places careful watch on CAA ticket activity in the wake of allegations that the group provided privileged treatment to cabinet members and other groups in the distribution process.
Basketball ticket distribution, however, is not the only thing CAA officials are trying to improve upon for the upcoming year. Mike Kuhn, director of CAA ticket distribution, said that other athletic and student needs are also being examined.
"We're still debating some other changes in riser format and in making the lottery pool more public," Kuhn said.
Though finalized plans are in negotiations, Kuhn said that the results should be apparent by basketball season.
"Sometime in August or September, [the CAA] will be posting an ad revealing the new plans," Kuhn said.
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