As Brian wryly commented yesterday about phase two of the Crisler renovations
The renovations will be completed just in time for no one to be able to afford tickets.
There are some details over at the Detroit News on this (Link:) coming Crisler highway robbery at the hands of evil genius Dave Brandon.
The headline says it all:
Michigan fans to pay more for prime seats at Crisler Center
Some of the details:
Season-ticket holders looking to reserve seats in the lower bowl and eastern and western portions of the upper bowl facing center court will have to pay anywhere from $50-$7,500 per seat in what athletic department officials call a "personal seat donation" to secure their spot for the 2012-13 season and earn points for priority seating.
Points are given on a matrix of factors, including alumni status, varsity letter status, donations to the university, and consecutive years of holding season tickets.
However, it doesn't take a rocket scientist to see that heavy hitters in donations will basically snap up all lower bowl and sideline seats not given to students. And they only go back in years of season tickets to 1992-1993 (ironically, the middle of the Fab Five era/debacle.) Held tickets since the 80's or before? That's nice . . . so what.
A bone is thrown to those who can't afford a "personal seat donation:"
There are several sections in Crisler exempt from the new policy: Sections 201, 202, 208 through 220, 226 and 227.
And just where might those sections be, you ask? You don't have to be a genius to figure out that those sections are upper bowl seats behind the baskets.
I don't know what to say. I'll always be a Michigan fan, but pretty much from more and more of a distance.