- Student football season tickets are now on sale. The cost is $200 for the tickets and, as usual, $10 for a student shirt, which looks like this for the 2009 season:
- The front of the shirt isn’t all that bad, but how cheesy is “The Big House Pledge?” I wish we could just go back to something like the first version of the student shirt where the back was just a list of Michigan’s accomplishments. Of course, we couldn’t list the bowl streak anymore, but something like that is much better than a paragraph-long pledge.
- The University of Michigan reversed a policy that gave Ann Arbor students higher priority than Flint and Dearborn students for football tickets. The new policy implemented last year caused an uproar on the Flint and Dearborn campuses, and as a result, it no longer exists. I don’t agree with the decision, but I’ll get to that in a second. Here is what one UM-Flint student had to say about the policy:
“Students at all of the campuses agreed that a Michigan student is a Michigan student,” said UM-Flint graduate student Wade Merrill, 30, who served on an advisory committee representing all three campuses that formed to address the policy.
I already shared my thoughts on this last year when the policy was announced, so I’m not going to go into great detail and rehash this argument. All I will say is that a Michigan-Flint/Dearborn student is not the same as a student on the main campus. It’s got nothing to do with intelligence or anything like that; the fact of the matter is that Ann Arbor students pay a considerably higher tuition than Flint/Dearborn students. If people that go to UM-Flint or UM-Dearborn want equal priority for football tickets, then they should have to pay the same tuition.
- Staying on the tickets theme, student basketball season tickets can now be purchased along with football tickets for the first time ever. The advantage of purchasing the tickets now is that they cost less ($99 now, $125 in the fall).
- The student basketball season tickets system has been altered for next season. There was some talk a couple months ago about implementing a new system with higher demand anticipated in the future, and now that demand will definitely go up for next season, that system has been put into place.
Basically, the new system will reward people that get to the games early, and for premium games, reward people that go to the other games. Rather than receive an actual ticket, students that buy the package will get a voucher for each game. That voucher, presented with a student’s M-card, will be redeemed for a ticket to the game you are attending when you enter Crisler Arena. On a first-come, first-served basis, students will sit in the bleachers, behind the band, or in the upper deck. This is the part of the system that encourages people to get to the game early. The earlier you get to Crisler, the better chance you have of getting to sit in the bleachers.
For premium games (Ohio State, Michigan State, high-profile non-conference teams, etc.), students’ seat locations will not be on a first-come, first-served basis. Tickets will be assigned based on how many games the student has attended. The priority goes from attending all games to attending all but one and so on. This gives people incentive to go to all games (such as the mid-week matchups against crappy non-conference teams), as they will run the risk of not getting to sit in the bleachers against a Michigan State or Ohio State if they don’t show up to other games. This is a great way to keep attendance up no matter who the opponent is, and it rewards the fans that do go to every game.
I’m sure there will be some issues with this new system in the beginning, but it definitely sounds like a good way to deal with the increased demand that is expected for next season. Ticket sales were already going to be much better than this past season once people realized Michigan was decent. Now that they are in the second-round of the NCAA tournament, the bandwagon is quickly filling up. It helps that the football team sucked last season, as many people that couldn’t have cared less about the basketball team a year ago are suddenly huge fans. And that’s not a bad thing at all. Hopefully the team continues to improve and someday the student bleachers will have to expand to deal with the large demand for tickets.
- David Wohlberg is the CCHA Rookie of the Year, and Tim Miller is the CCHA’s Best Defensive Forward.
- Louie Caporusso is one of ten finalists for the Hobey Baker Award. Michigan’s Kevin Porter won the award last year.