StubHub looks to be having quite the fire sale on UCONN tickets...they're down to ~$74 apiece with a decent handful available.
Anyone travelling to the game with knowledge of the Michigan sections? (My guess: "all of them".)
Road teams are usually stuck in the corner of the end zone. Just find a seat on the 50 and enjoy the view...
I believe the disconnected chunk of sections in the end zone that stubhub has labelled EZ 1 through EZ 8 are the temporary bleachers for the away fans.
I've been surfing the UConn blog and they're sort of bristling at the suggestion that Michigan fans will make up a sizeable minority (or even more than that) at the game... I guess we'll see.
I believe someone in the thread regarding travelling to the UConn said something about how seats in one or two of the sections which are being added will have their view partially blocked by the scoreboard too. Hopefully, it is possible to get better seats if that is the case.
Stay away from section EZ4 and EZ5. If you are in the seats closest to the scoreboard you only see half the field. I unfortunately have one of these seats. The guy I bought them from asked if we could be moved. Fingers crossed.
Your guess was my guess as well.
And it is a maize out
fwiw, I have a bunch of seats form the athletic dept and they are in sections 134 and 235. One would assume those are our sections.
Hope that helps.
I purchased 8 seats through the athletic department and they are all in 235 as well.
I am betting on a 40 to 60 percent showing of UM fans.
Got tickets through the Athletic Department and are in EZ 7 - hope we can see the field.
UCONN fan here. Can't wait for Saturday! I will say I'm not really sure why Michigan people think you will have anywhere CLOSE to 60% of the stadium Saturday. Yea, it's a down year, but we get up for games.
But anyway, if you're coming, have a safe trip. Most of us are cordial.
For fans coming to the game, this might be helpful:
Tailgating atmosphere is going to be something I don't think Michigan fans will expect to see at UCONN.
Night games at The Rent tend to get rowdy. RG3 I think summed it up best after he concluded his college career.
"When we played at UConn my freshman year, that was the loudest place I've ever been as a football player," Griffin continued. "The stands are right next to the field, it was packed, and everyone was yelling. That was probably the coolest place for me to play at aside from Texas, Texas A&M and Nebraska."
If anyone going needs advice on what to do on gameday, where to go/etc just ask.
There's quite a diaspora of UM alumni and a fairly high concentration in the east. I think you'll be surprised by how many are there. It's a lot easier than heading back to Ann Arbor (which a lot of us do anyway).
Agreed, just don't think more than 6,000 will be there. We have about 10 Michigan fans coming to our our tailgate, including friends that grew up in CT. Also two people flying in that work for UM so should be fun.
Just hoping the team doesn't embarass themselves on national television. Talent is there, coaching is NOT.
The embarrassment sentiment is shared after last week's performance against an Akron squad that has won three games in the last three years (or something horrible like that). Welcome to the blog.
Grumble grumble. :(
It probably has something to do with the fact that they added end zone tickets specifically for michigan fans, plus the normal visiting fans sections, and the fact that most of the available tickets on stub hub are probably being bought by Michigan fans (this part is just conjecture, but I personally know a bunch doing this). All those seats combined probably make up somewhere to between 40%-60% of the crowd, but obviously we will see come game time. Looking forward to it.
First thanks for stopping by today. Here's why I think UM will get to at least 40% and possibly a lot more. We bought every ticket UConn provided us. Then you added 2,200 to 2,300 more seats that all went to UM. In addition, many of us have bought your season tickets just to get seats for this one game. Finally, we have been eating up the secondary market for tickets and your fans have sold seats to UM alumni and fans. Last but not least, our NYC Alumni base is coming to the game in force. An example is the way UM takes over Northwestern's stadium. Don't be surprised if it is close to 50/50. Last, Good luck Saturday and enjoy the game. Oh, and we are at the Aero Club tailgating I hear it is pretty good. What time can we really expect to get in?
Aero Club opens up at 330, but if you get there earlier the attendants will just walk over to collect the money when they show. 3 should be more than realistic. Rentschler has a 4 hour tailgating policy that they like to enforce since the stadium is pretty much on the outskirts of a neighborhood. However, if there are lines of people waiting to get in to the main parking lots, they will start parking cars to prevent traffic back ups. Aero Club is easy in, easy out so good choice there. It's across the street from the stadium but very convenient.
I will try to shoot for 3 or 3:30 then. Thanks for the tip! By the way, does your team have any major injuries heading into this week's game? For the most part UM is at full strength minus Jake Ryan (LB).
Shakim Philips (WR) pulled his hamstring at the end of his 75 yard TD in the 4th last week. He said he's playing though.
Our starting right tackle Kevin Friend has been in and out with concussion issues. His loss ruins our blocking/protection.
Our blog is http://the-boneyard.com/forums/uconn-football.2/
Here's a UCONN preview of the game: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m1_sUhqzKlM
The fact that the stadium was about empty in the 4th QTR of the Towson game is most likely the other reason.
Which is worse? Empty at the end of a blowout or empty at the beginning of a presumed blowout?
Section 127! FTW
UConn website has a seating chart. The side with the press box is the side that should have Michigan's bench. Between gates A and B. Unless the benches are on the same side.
We know their priorities.
So sections 100-141 and 200-242 is what we're predicting? (And where's 1-41.....are they saving those number for expansion on the field?)
I bought a ticket through UConn when they went on sale last Tuesday and am in section 103. I am nearly certain that I will be in a sea of UConn fans all by my lonesome, though I will hold out hope that there may be some Michigan fans not too far away from me... And also that the game is much higher quality than last week...
Where is the official MGoBlog Tailgate? According to the local U of M Alumni Club the place is the Pratty & Whitney Aircraft Club (http://www.aircraftclub.net/).
Our local sources have guided that there's a very convenient parking lot just north of Rentschler Field which is at the Pratt & Whitney Aircraft Club. The Pratt & Whitney Aviation club lot is normally open to the public on gamedays, with a daily fee for parking. This lot also has indoor bathrooms and very easy access back to I-84. This lot, as with the official Rentschler lots, opens 4 hours prior to kickoff, however does have less stringent tailgating rules once the lot is open. If looking on a map, the area is north of the field between Silver Lane, Clement Road, Simmons Road and Gold St. The U of M Hartford Spirit Club has prepared some detailed parking tips and instructions on how to reach the Pratt & Whitney Aviation club lot. Click here: http://alumni.umich.edu/clubs/hartford/uconn-parking-tipsAlumni from the U of M Westchester Club, U of M Club of Northern New Jersey and U of M Fairfield County Club are planning on joining the Hartford Spirit Club at the Pratt/Whitney lot. There are approximately 7 softball fields worth of parking in the Pratt/Whitney lot area - the earlier you get there the better (but no earlier than 4 hours prior to kickoff). Any cars unable to park in this lot would likely be directed to the Red lots.
Those are some of the crappiest rules ever.
Don't listen to the rules. Rules are just rules. No one cares what you do in the lots. Open flame may be the only issue you would run into.
those coming via bus will be tailgating in the grass area around the brown lot.
full info (excerpted above) from the NYC alumni club here: http://alumni.umich.edu/clubs/nyc/uconn-tailgating-information
also, now sounds like the pratt/whitney area will open up at 3pm, not 4pm.
How do you grill (permitted) without an open flame? Even gas grills have flames. No charcoal? Are they heathens?
And how the hell do you even enforce "you have to leave for the game 30 minutes before kickoff" thing? I think Brandon just got an idea....
I think they just mean grilling's limited to the little propane grills that take camping fuel cannisters (or at least I hope so b/c that's what I'm bringing.
I think its pretty obvious, the scoops come:
Endzones. From pylon to pylon. Every square inch of them.
Oh, the seats? No idea.
Personally I think the pratt and Whitney air strip sucks cause it's further away than the lettered lots. However might be in your best interest because you'll prob have more room + away from the students
I don't know that the Red Lots are any better. Check out how far most of them are from the stadium. Unless you have a parking pass it is going to be the same walk.
We are all sticking to the Aero Club. It's not much further away.
Just make sure you get there early enough or you'll be WAY back in the Pratt and Whitney lot. Also in terms of grills: the only thing you can't have is Charcoal, any size propane grill is fine. All you can't have is a keg technically but my friends and I often have them in the back of a car and we're fine. Other than that its pretty much free reign. If you have any more questions I'll be happy to answer them.
What would you consider late for getting to the Pratt & Whitney lot? I was planning on 5 but that's starting to sound late.
No no no no no no parking is allowed on the upper field.
Where do they plan on putting in those temporary 2,000 extra seats for Michigan fans? The end zones are already closed in.
Gotta love the flag poles coming up right through the middle of the bleachers
Guess it depends on whether there are strippers or not.
Someone has to bring them!
That would be awesome
Someone above mentioned that they had heard the scoreboard may block viewing lines for some bleacher seats, so I'm guessing they're going in to the left and right of the scoreboard on the concourse
The Michigan Ticket Office sent out this picture of the obstructed view. Can be pretty bad for some seats.
I can only guess as to the number of Michigan fans that make it to the game, but UCONN's crappy three year nightmare under Pasqualoni has soured a very young and fragile fanbase.
I'm taking a guess that there will be 6-8k fans. Your school allotment (obviously) was used up with no returns, but I think above 10k is overestimating it. You are Michigan after all, so even abused UCONN fans want to see the specatacle.
Every year since the upgrade was getting better until our Chairman of the Bd of Trustees hired his personal friend Paul Pasqualoni who is from Chesire, Conn. In turn Pasqualoni hired the universally disliked offensive coordinator George Deleone. Deleone was relieved of OC duties and booted upstairs to an assoc. head coach position. Sadly for UCONN, this is the EXACT same scenario that unfolded at Syracuse in Pasqualoni's final years before he the duo were eventually fired.
On playing Michigan right now at the inevitable end of the three year nightmare? It's like winning a drawing for a date with Kate Upton, and right before you leave to pick her up she texts you that she's on her period.
But it is what it is.
A word of warning about saturday night fan games. There are a lot of UCONN fans that aren't alums or students who are very blue collar. Think Jersey Shore without the orange glow or whacked accent. It makes for a raucous environment, and for the most part the behavior doesn't veer too far from civilized norms, but it does happen. The tailigating is legitmate. I've been to ACC venues, Big Ten, SEC, Pac, the big bowls, and UCONN tailgating hangs in there.
It should be a great environment. Hopefully it provides fans a competitive and entertaining game.
Kate Upton is going on a date with you, and the way she's acted lately she might put out, but you can't get it up.
That is a better analogy.
I've been over to the boneyard and there is a mix of excitement, resentment and despair on their boards. I really hope we're not going to put out for UCONN.
We looked kinda easy against Akron, but cock blocked at the last second.
It's definitely getting creative today between this and the STAEE skywriting photoshop.
So the "no longer than 90mm" rule for camera lenses means that I can bring a DSLR that can get up to 89mm with no worries of someone going "sorry not allowed"?
The 8 pm kick off was a terrible idea. NYC and Boston alums are dropping in droves from attending due having a 2 hour drive home at midnight.
Disagree. I can't say I'm happy about driving back to NYC after the game and getting home at 2am but that isn't disuading me or any of my friends. Maybe a few peope who were bringing their young kids dropped but saying they are dropping in droves is quite an exaggeration.
In case the drive back is dissuading anyone, there are lots of inexpensive hotel rooms available on hotels.com for Hartford. I got one in a sheraton 10 miles south of the stadium for $90.
Its the 2 kids under 3 at home, not the lack of hotel rooms or cost, that is causing me to drive home after the game
I totally feel you. It's the two six year olds that are going to the game that have us getting the hotel room.
The new seats are around the scoreboard and enclosed the end of the stadium's second level seen on the right hadn side of the picture.
Why was the stadium built in East Hartford and not on campus? Seems like a strange decision to me.
It seems that Pratt & Whitney donated a bunch of land (an old airfield) to the state so the land acquisition was free (minus a bunch of tax write offs, I'm sure).
The stadium seems to have been built (by the state not the university) to be a kind of multi-use venue to attract events to central CT with UConn as a core tenant. I know there have been a number of USMNT soccer games there.
Correct, but also access...can you imagine bringing this kind of crowd into Storrs?
Is Storrs really that tiny that it could never accommodate a 40,000-seat stadium?
There's plenty of room for a stadium but the access roads in couldn't reasonably support it. The area is fairly rural with a couple of long two-lane roads leading in. East Hartford by contrast has excellent access by both air and car.
If you look at Rentschler it is built for the option of expansion - plenty of room around it - they could start by filling in the end zones and easily get to 60,000 or more someday if the program took off.
My group is making the trip from Boston and Providence so I don't think a late evening drive is going to detur any of us since it is only 1.5 hours back.
We are sitting in Section 102.....
The buses are parking at the brown lot? The parking map shows the brown lot as a non-alcohol area.
what map are you looking at?