My response from Brooks (kudos to him for promptness):
I would be curious to know your thoughts about the open if you could have heard the audio. From our research, people are ready for a change. People like (some love) the old open but there are significantly more that were ready for something new. Please give it a chance (when you can hear the audio) and let me know what you think in May.
I had mentioned that we couldn't hear the stadium audio very well from where we were sitting. In any case, it sounds like that new intro is here to stay, which is a real disappointment.