From a perspective of a not too long former student.
I remember in my first two year, the student tickets were the following: You were in lower one night, and then the next night you were in upper. I think in my junior year, that was switched so that it allowed for students to be in lower both nights, if they got there in time. While this was great for the die-hards, it did lead to a few new problems, such as the crush that happens whenever the doors open, the booing that happens when a group of students show up 20 minutes before and cutting ahead because two people saved their spot. There might be people who think, well I can't get lower... why bother going. I don't want to stand in line for 3 hours just to get lower and I really don't want to stand in upper. I don't know if they want to go back to that or how they can do that, but perhaps they need to explore going back to that idea.
Priority line was a stroke of genius by UND, they need more of these type of ideas.
Student section needs to be better organized, new traditions need to be created along with the old ones (or phase one or two out). No one wants to step up and be a leader in that department.
I've been a firm advocate of moving the student section to the end where UND shoots twice. I'd rather chirp at the goalie for 40 minutes instead of the guy in the box for 2. Plus, they can stand and not have people whine when they do. I'm sure that if the people in power want to make it work, they can. *My last few games as a student were full of people in the next section whining that the students were standing too soon, or not sitting down soon enough after a goal, etc.
I think people might be underestimating this: Might students not really care about Western Michigan and Miami? Omaha?