Best seat in the house

Who's sitting pretty in one of the best college basketball arenas anywhere

WRITTEN BY JOE STUMPE | CONTRIBUTING WRITER CHAD PHILLIPS

Cleo Littleton

Cleo Littleton

It’s an interesting question: If Koch Arena ranks as one of the ten best college basketball arenas in the country (No. 7, according to EPSN), then what are the best seats in the arena itself? Turns out a lot of people think they’ve got the answer.

Shocker legend Cleo Littleton, who set the still-standing career points record in WSU history from 1951-1955, likes his seats for personal reasons. Littleton’s season tickets are located above the hall entrance in the southwest corner of the arena.

“I like these seats because I have bad knees and my wife has bad knees and as you can see, we’ve got space here. These are really pretty nice seats,” said Littleton, as he stretched out his legs.

Littleton’s bad knees also limit him from standing. Because of the location of his seats, he can still see the court without rising to his feet. He appreciates that the four fans in front of him, who happen to be SPLURGE!’s season ticket holders, respect his needs. As a former player, Littleton watches the game differently than the average fan by paying more attention to detail.

“I look for the things the referees should call and the things the players should be doing that they’re not doing,” Littleton said. “I see a lot of it.”

Cleo Littleton

Former Wichita State University basketball player
Best seat in the house: Above the hall entrance in the southwest corner
Best part about that seat: Being able to stretch his legs out

David Gonzales and Brianna Allen

Wichita State University seniors
Best seat in the house: Front row student section
Best part about that seat: Taunting the other team & coaches

David Gonzalez and Brianna Allen

David Gonzalez and Brianna Allen

David Gonzalez and Brianna Allen are two Wichita State seniors and rabid Shocker basketball fans who get front-row seats in the student section for most games. How? By lining up hours before tip-off (as early as 7 p.m. the night before for this year’s home game against Creighton), then sprinting to those seats as soon as the doors open.

Against Missouri State last month, they arrived breathless in those seats a few minutes after 5 p.m., then explained why it’s worth the trouble. The main reason seems to be proximity to the opposing team’s bench, which they do their best to distract.

“We like to taunt the players — the coaches,” said Allen, who looks too nice to taunt anyone. “They like to look over here. We can talk to them.”

 
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