I like buying them on the street before the games.
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I like buying them on the street before the games.
And I like being friends with someone who's dad was the captain during a Rose Bowl winning year.
I got offered yesterday as well. However, I am not going to buy them as a recent physics education grad in search of employment (anyone know of a physics/math/biology teacher position in the Ann Arbor/Detroit area at a great district or private school?), we cannot afford to buy two tickets for an entire season at the moment. I am probably going to piece together a season from game to game this year. As per how many victors club points I have to receive an offer, I have 11. I have held hockey season tickets in the past.
I did the same thing once upon a time and it took me three years to get the chance again. You may wish to consider getting the tickets then reselling them as the odds are (usually) that you'll get all your money back.
Big mistake... Borrow some cash and sell them later
Agreed, and the lesser games make great presents for family and friends... just a suggestion.
you will make almost half of your money back just on the msu game. the rest is rolling the dice but good odds.
I'm keeping these tickets forever. If they get too expensive, I'll just sell them and find a cheaper way to get in.
I would rather save the money and work on coming up with a decent down payment on my first house right now. Right now grown up responsibilities are more important than football games. My priorities are not on Michigan football, but starting my teaching career and family with my wife. I will continue to hold Michigan hockey season tickets though.
+1 for having your priorities straight.
You are telling me you can't make a profit on the tickets? Then next years Ohio game make a g note?
-1 for the slightly snooty judgement on those who prioritize Michigan football.
+1 prioritizing on adult goals. Will cheerfully admit have not been back to a Michigan game since we moved out of the Midwest. Passed on a $1000 trip to the Sugar Bowl, $1000 for UTL (although I wish I pulled the trigger) to save for our new house.
you had hockey season tickets too. That does make it pricey to keep both and I can appreciate your priorities. On the other hand, it is relatively easy to sell the tickets and make your money back (or more) while also accumulating points for being a season ticket holder.
Good luck either way!
There was a lengthy discussion a while back about the season ticket price increase:
In that discussion, I noted that I didn't get face value for anything but ND/UTL, at least not by using the University's partnership through StubHub.
However, when you factor in the "discount" that you get for buying season tickets (average ~$65/game this year), I just barely broke even. They key is getting as much as you can for the MSU game.
Otherwise, like someone else said, football tickets make good gifts!
You guys make some good points. I have until June 1 to purchase the tickets. I will do my work and see if I can split the tickets with a friend/family member. I agree that having the tickets in my name is the most important as opposed to the actual tickets.
I'm about to be a senior this year, and I considered not buying the tickets. Call me unloyal or whatever you will, but we aught to have no trouble rolling through our home slate, and if there are any truly epic moments at Michigan stadium this year (save MSU) it will be a disappointment. Save yourself the cash and put it towards an MSU ticket, because that's the only game worth paying top dollar for.
In a few years you will highly regret not having these tickets. p No experience compares to M football games in the Big House. It has nothing to do with who we play.
If you are a student, there is no excuse to not buy tickets (and frankly, I think it's stupid if you don't). They are incredibly cheap (about $30-$40 bucks a game),and you can easily make money by selling them.
If you want to only go to the MSU game, you are probably going to end up paying about $150-$200. That's almost the cost of all 6 tickets combined. You are not 'saving yourself some cash' if you don't buy student tickets. It's a money making opportunity, if anything. Not to mention that you will have the time of your life every Saturday.
1. I found the most important reason to get in sooner rather than later is to get your seat assignment and start moving it (if you need to). I had terrible seats my first year -- row 7 in the SE corner. Had to stand the entire game and still couldn't see over many people in front of me (due to the shallower grade at lower rows). My son would've had no fun at all, had I brought him to a game. Obviously, seating preference is subjective, but I don't enjoy the lower rows (unless it's row 1). I like to see plays develop from a higher perspective.
So once you know where you sit, you can consider a relocation request. Maybe you have friends you'd like to sit near. But you can't do that until you're "in."
2. This year, the total price is reduced due to the fact we only have 7 home games (and only one true "premium" game). Last year, I believe I paid $980/pair; this year, only $780/pair (or something like that). So even though the schedule blows, at least you're not paying as much for it this year. It'll be much harder (and more expensive) next year when we have ND, Neb, and OSU at home.
Greenhills (private school in Ann Arbor) has a math opening for next year. Check their website.
Where is the private messaging feature when you need it....
ETA: I realize this is really off topic but cut me some slack, it's a tough economy and worth a post to give a fellow Michigan fan a job lead. Particularly since when he's hired I'll bet he'll give me his MSU tickets as thanks. j/k
Thanks for the tip! I will definitely apply. I was at Roeper yesterday interviewing.
I went to Roeper for 5th and 6th grade until the 82 recession and dad lost his job. Skipped 7th grade and went straight to 8th at Waterford public schools. Not a fun year 8th grade. Anyways, hope you get that gig, Roeper was awesome. My first memories are taking Greek Mythology in 5th grade in one of the domes with 5 others and the teacher and some epic capture the flag games. 6th grade I moved to the Birmingham building and ate lunch at Peabodys(?) everyday on a fellow rich kids tab.
(Although this may not apply to you, since you received a ticket offer)
My calculation of my priority points did NOT match the University's initial calculation. Not only did they not credit me with a degree (which I specified when I joined the waiting list), but they don't credit you for having past season tickets in football/hockey/basketball unless you've continued to pay for them to date.
In summary, be sure their calculation is correct when you get your first statement.
Completely agree with this post. My victor club points was not correct because my degree was not listed. I emailed them about the mistake and received a correction later that afternoon.
Ran to the mailbox and found my offer too! Christmas in May
I donated $500 in December (?) and that was enough to be offered 2 tickets.
Received my letter today as well. I have 25 points, also offered two. Processed the order about 30 seconds after I opened the letter...
I feel another stadium expansion is coming by the end of the decade.
capacity 120k which really means like 125k
Do you have a source for that? I want that to be true quite badly. I think someone should donate a lot of money for an expansion on the condition that they not pipe in canned music.
has already said they are exploring the possibility/design of adding 7,000 on to the South Endzone. Then the North a few years later to meet demand.
Yeah. I only want to expand if the seats are going to be filled up every game. i hated looking at the top of the stands last year and seeing a bunch of empty seats.
This is my 4th year coming up as a season ticket holder and Im only 26. I also did you not attend here, I went to Lawrence Tech, but that first year I donated the necessary amount for the seating zone I wanted. Well I got the current seats I have now at the time. I actually have an extra two tickets now because I requested two more for a friend and at this moment, have 15 points, for 4 seats. I got very lucky, but have donated alot to a school I did not attend, and it was worth every penny. Congrats on the tickets, and I recommend the seat cushions just so people know that those are your seats and to back the fuck off.
The point system is bullshit.
How so? It's pretty equitable - tons of points for being an alum and even more for being a former letterman. Yes, you can buy in, but look at the number of points people have who are getting tickets. High single digits points is possible with only a couple hundred dollar donation as you get 5 points for being an alum (and if other alums are in your other seats, you get 5 points for each of them too).
WE MGOBLOGGERS DO NOT TALK ABOUT POINTS!
... wait a minute.
I won't be getting season tickets this season. Not crazy about the rasing prices. Paying $85 for EMU game was crazy enough. And no you won't make your money back on most unless its the big names. Last seasons home games were so crazy good I could put with terrible EMU and WMU prices. Not so much this year.
And even tickets for the Nebraska game last year were going below face on Stubhub.
I bet those same tickets were $200 each four months before the game. Everyone was complaining about the Bama game prices. They are dropping fast. Down to two hundered now.
if you were a season ticket holder last year you didn't pay $85 for EMU. Season tickets were $480 per ticket, or $65 per game (plus PSD, of course). If you'd paid the sum of the face values listed on each ticket, you'd have paid around $650.
and I sold it for $75 on Stubhub.
I couldn't justify buying season tickets this year with the home scheduled at hand. The only good game is MSU. I could get tickets elsewhere and still get great seats for a much lower price. Next year and every other year after is pretty amazing.
Too late for this year I think, but it's probably going to be difficult to get season tickets going forward if we have continued success. So, buying into a bad home schedule season may make things much easier because there will be plenty of people with your current line of thought. And then once you have the tickets in your name they're yours for as long as you keep renewing.
Let me rephrase myself. We bought the tickets but sold them as a whole package to someone.
Congrats on becoming a season ticket holder!
Michigan Stadium is my Mecca. There is no price tag I could put on my two seats. The memories I have while sitting in them are priceless. I'd take a second job to keep them. I'll will them to my children... uh, can I do that?
The Baby Seal games are.... less than magnificent, and the weak home schedule every other year chafes....but Michigan Stadium is one of my favorite places on this earth. Any day I can go in there and watch my team play football is a good day.
My Thoughts exactly! Last year was my first year with season tickets and the memories that I've shared in the Big House with my Dad and Friends are priceless! The UTL game was the most exciting live sporting event I've ever experienced! I've watched the replay on my 92" HD projection screen and it doesn't even come close in comparison to being in that stadium that night. So yes, amen to your comment! GO BLUE!
To the OP: I had 6 points last year when I was offered 2 tickets. I now have 8 points and requested 2 additionals for this season. Congrats on getting the offer! I'll never forget getting that envelope in the mail! Just wait until you get the 2 uncut sheets of tickets in the mail! Talk about excitment! Go Blue, BEAT BAMA!
"I'll will them to my children... uh, can I do that?"
No, you can't. Can be bequeathed to your surviving spouse, but once he/she goes, they're back on the open market. There would be very few "new" season ticket holders each year if the tickets could stay in the family.
I only had 7 points and got 2 tickets. I know the schedule isn't great this year, but I can give the tickets I can't use to Motts or a family member (I live in Nashville now). I already will be in Dallas and was planning on the State game, but I think I will try to make it for AF now too.
I could be wrong but I don't believe you need any points to get tickets. There are seats in the endzone and corners where you don't have to have Victor Club points to renew, You just wait out your time on the waiting list. If you have made contributions and have some points you might get tickets quicker than someone that doesn't because seats in the preferred sections open up.
The seats in the end zone require points but no PSD
a PSD ($50/ seat) is now required in the endzone if you became a season ticket holder after 2006.
First Time Season Ticket Holder - Just got the offer today and purchased them. Can you make a PSD in your first year to get better seats?
I would definately call the Victors Club. The points for next year start after July 1st, so any additional donation before should help your position. Call first though, I don't want to see anyone waste their money.
I just graduated this year and am still looking for a job (hopefully getting one soon), and would like some advice as to what to do in the future. Obviously the ticket deadline has passed for this season, but starting next year I'd like to be a life-long season ticket holder. I plan to get basketball season tickets starting this year and lasting until I can no longer see, but I don't know exactly how to accumulate these so-called "points". I understand I already have five(?) for being an alum and will probably garner more if I hold basketball season tickets. What moves do I then have to make to become a football season ticket holder in the future?
Give Dave Brandon lots of money ($100 per 1 point)
All you need to know about the priority point program for becoming a season ticket holder and Victors Club member.
Does ticket loyalty count for my years at Michigan too? For example, I held football and basketball season tickets all four years, does that give me eight additional points?
I am looking to go from 2 to 4 season tix (we have had a pair since 07-08). My kid is going off to college in the fall so I want my nephews family to come along instead.
I slung some $$ Brandonwards but have not heard about these extra tix. Anyone else in a similar situation?