alternate headline: man does job
Troubled times in student-ticket land. Michigan is not the only school trying to figure it out. The Wall Street Journal ($paywall) article cites a number of newer data-points that say bathrooms and concessions trumps wi-fi. No mention of where jumbo-trons rank, however. The former athletic department regime's pursuit of "super bowl" experiences, "cutting edge" halftimes, and a rawk music driven festival atmosphere, all seem to have been mildly to wildly off track.
The piece leads with a pic of an embarassingly few Michigan students standing in a sea of empty seats at the Indiana game. I don't have the pic posting skill to put that image up, perhaps someone can oblige?
I haven't seen this posted so:
2,000 fewer tickets were bought by students, so Brandon decided to sell the tickets in the rows above row 70 of sections 31-34 to the public. An increasing lack of interest in student ticket purchasing is not unique to Michigan and is not a good trend.
I was one of the fortunate people who paid over $200 per ticket, thanks to dynamic pricing, to sit in these seats. The cycle of life is complete.
Student ticket holders just got this email:
Welcome back to campus, we hope you had a great summer! Thanks for signing up for your Hockey Student Season Tickets and making the student section at Yost Ice Arena the best in college hockey! The season will be here before you know it, the first game is Tuesday, October 9 vs. Windsor at 7:35 p.m. and with that in mind, we wanted to share with you some important news, dates and updates to your season tickets for this season:New and most importantly this year is the fact that your Michigan Hockey Tickets will be on your MCards. Similar to the basketball student ticketing process, all hockey Student Tickets will be first come, first serve seating in the student sections (no pre-reserved seating or printed season tickets will be used). This change was made to make it more convenient for you, and to create an early exciting atmosphere at Yost. Just show up to the games where you will swipe your MCard and ticket takers will give you a ticket voucher for a student section seat. Make sure to get there early to get the best seats!With the tickets on your MCard, you can now easily and electronically transfer your tickets to someone else if you're unable to make a game. Use of the ticket is free for other UM students (MCard student ID must be presented with ticket at game), and if you transfer your ticket to a non-student they must pay a $20 validation fee at Yost to gain admittance. Transferred tickets will be emailed to the recipient as a pdf Print at Home ticket. Transfer instructions will be sent to you in late September.Yost Ice Arena has been renovated! The new changes include:New bench seating on the east, west and south sides of the arenaReplacing the historic Yost windows to allow natural light into the facilityImprovements in the audio capabilities within Yost through cutting edge technologyUpgraded concession stands and concourseWe hope to open up Yost before October 9th for you to see these changes for yourself and once we have solidified a date, we will let you know.We will update you on when and where you can pick up your FREE student section t-shirt.If you have any questions regarding your tickets, call us at 734.764.0247 or email [email protected]. Be sure to include your student ID number.Look for some more updates over the next few weeks but until then, thanks again for being a season ticket holder and Go Blue!
I am going to take a class at UM next year, and as part of that I am going to get a UM student ID. This will allow me to get into any game in the student section, so long as I have student tickets. I'm planning on asking a student to buy some for me, but I need to know a few things first.
1. When do student tickets become available?
2. When do student tickets sell out?
Specifically, I think it would be amazing to have my first game in the student section be the first night game in UM history vs ND. Is this possible, or just a pipe dream?
Thanks for any advice
So I'm about to enter my junior year and 3rd year of having student season football tickets. I just got them in the mail. While I'm not horribly upset about the location (Sec. 29, Row 43), it still isn't as good as I expected.
This has been a trend, and maybe I'm just a little ignorant and haven't tried to remedy it yet. Each year, I get involved with a large group of friends that decides to get a seating group together. Each year we have been kind of badly placed (I understand freshmen being high up in the section, but our soph. year we were still in the upper 80's). This year the group is smaller than the last couple years, but it's still between 7-9 people (I'm not sure the exact number).
We all have junior status, and most of us have more credits than our peers anyway. I guess I will ask the mgoblog community, as you all know a lot more about these matters than I do. Does the size of a seating group matter? I would think they would place us high up wherever they have space left. They say it's just based on credits, but it seems like we still would get screwed with a big group.
I vowed that if we were placed too high, I would only go in a group with no more than 4 people for my senior year. There's no way I'm getting screwed out of senior tickets near the field. I know, I know, sight lines are actually better higher up. But that's not what I care about.
Again, I'm not (really) bitching about this. I just want to know the policy, so I can correct it for next year. Row 43 is by no means the end of the world for me, so it's not that I'm upset. Though I am upset about the Big Chill thing... but that's an entirely different topic to be bitched about elsewhere.