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Michigan Athletics Announces Ticket Prices for 2012 Football Season
ANN ARBOR – The University of Michigan Athletic Department announced Friday (March 30) the ticket pricing levels for the 2012 football season. The six-game home slate will cost $390 per ticket.
“We appreciate the contribution our fans make to our football program and Michigan Athletics through their commitment every Saturday at the Big House,” said Dave Brandon, the Donald R. Shepherd Director of Athletics. “The financial support we receive from our fans provides us with critical resources we need to create outstanding academic and athletic experiences for our student-athletes across all of our 29 sports. Our fans passion for Michigan Football is unparalleled.”
Individual game tickets will be priced at $75 per ticket for games against Air Force (Sept. 8), Massachusetts (Sept. 15), Illinois (Oct. 13), Northwestern (Nov. 10) and Iowa (Nov. 17). The Michigan State game on Oct. 20 has been designated as a premium game and individual tickets for that contest will be priced at $95 per seat.
This is the second straight year that Michigan has moderately increased season ticket prices after keeping prices constant for the seven years prior to the 2011 season.
The athletic department will also offer ticket packs to accommodate fan interest in partial season ticket packages. Ticket packs and individual game tickets will go on sale in July.
Season ticket renewal packages will be available in early April.
It seems to me there are two divergent camps here: The people who will be paying full price for these tickets (often with PSD's), and those who depend on these people taking a hit to sell off tickets to lesser games.
And, at the end of the day, it all boils down to the fact that Dave Brandon doesn't care either way. He's going to get a cut from both the ticket sale and the StubHub sale. The Athletic Department will announce another year in the black. And ticket prices will go up again next year with another corporate-speak blurb about "industry standards." Nothing will ever change.
Frankly, the cost for the season doesn't bother me that much. It is just the content. I mean, the schedule is just not that good. If the Pizza Man is worried about the revenue loss of a home and home, just increase the prices. Most season ticket holders would gladly pay 500+ per seat for a 6 or 7 game season of quality than 390 for a season highlighted by Sparty, Iowa and Air Force.
Man, if that Alabama game was at the Big House, I think I could have tolerated $450-$475 for the season. NOT this sched with Neb, NOT this sched with OSU, NOT this sched with PSU. Alabama.
Clearly a ploy to price the MSU bubbas out of the market so they can't afford to buy tickets with their delivery tips.
His initials aren't DB by accident
Here is a link to an inflation calculator:
The $95 ticket to see little brother would have cost 75.07 in 2002 and $58,54 in 1992. If someone knows what they paid for tickets in any given year, it would be interesting to see if ticket prices have been going up faster than th rate of inflation.
Ticket prices are getting a little outa hand. My first Michigan game was against BGSU in 2000 n i think they were $40 a ticket. $75 for UMASS??? Not that it matters every person complaining will still be there on saturday
That was my first game too!!! I think I've been to 56 now!
The only down-side of being a Michigan fan, ticket prices. killer
How much are standing room tickets going to sell for? Anyone know? I have season tickets and plan on going.
Would like to know
It seems to me that this is less than last year. $390 / 6 = $65. $65 per game is definitely less than what the cost was last year
Why does it say $390 when 75*5 + 95= 470?