UConn adding 2000 seats for Michigan game
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Haha I hate you UConn. I hope you lose by 70 for not playing in a bigger stadium.
Texas high schools add more than 2000 temporary stands for big games. That is embarrassing.
You're going to be frequently disappointed if you use Texas as your expectation for national football fandom. Especially in comparison to Connecticut. Now women's basketball on the other hand. . .
That will be paying slightly more from our athletic department per ticket, than the UConn fans do per ticket. Just like away games at other BIG schools.
...after they start playing the The America 12?
I don't understand why they won't let Michigan buy out the contract and all money they would have made and play at somewhere like the Meadowlands. They already know the game will sell out, so why not make more money and give your game more national apppeal? I know that they have to approve it at the state level, but they're literally turning down free money at this point.
Worst tickets on Stubhub are already $100 for the Michigan game. I'm close to splurging on some of the better tickets for $300 each and at this point it seems like it's too late to switch venues and such as season ticket packages are already being sold.
and we are still a long way out. You may have just answered my question about temporary seats. Ticket demand may not be as high as I thought. The stubhub price may get to face value as the game gets closer (like most other events).
They bus their students from campus to the stadium and there is a much larger population/fan base in the Hartford area as opposed to storrs which is basically the middle of nowhere.
worst seats leave you a little less than half way up the bowl in the Big House. How bad can the worst seats be?
It's not just about the AD's bottom line. Hosting a big event is also an economic boost to the community (all the hotels, restaurants, shops) and this game probably ranks as a rare event for Uconn that will bring in outsiders and give the school & community some excellent added exposure. Connecticut is a small state that doesn't have a huge natural fanbase like Michigan or Ohio and there is also a lot of competition in that part of the country for sports entertainment dollars.
Why give away all of that added value (to the Meadowlands & northern New Jersey for example) just for a few extra dollars upfront? In fact, it's even a bit worse than that because if you play the game off campus you are also sending your students & fans on a road trip to spend their money elsewhere while turning your own home into something of a ghostown.
in your outlook, but their normal stadium is already 25 miles off campus and, by the looks of it, the fourth town over from UConn campus in Storrs.
And one I didn't realize -- the Uconn Stadium is in East Hartford -- decent car drive from Storrs. This really makes no sense then. Mayeb they should have looked at the Yale Bowl..It is about an hour from Storrs (as opposed to 25 miles), and seats 65,000.
I don't think Yale has any interest in renting their stadium out. It doesn't need the money and there was an incident last year or the year before when one or two students died while tailgating for the Harvard game (think they were run over by a truck while drunk).
I think it all has to do with the fact that the stadium was built with financial support from the State of Connecticut. As such, the legislature's made a big deal about UConn playing their games at Rentschler so that all the associated income and tax revenue (hotel taxes, sales taxes, etc) remains in the state.
The community money does not go directly into uconn coffers like an upfront at the meadowlands might.
Here is the situation:
UConn is a state school.
UConn has to deal with the state legislature for its funding.
The state legislature underwrote the Rentschler Stadium with state dollars.
The state legislature wants all UConn games to be played in the stadium that it paid for so that Connecticut's citizens can reap the associated tourism revenues.
Ergo, UConn will not play the game in New Jersey.
I'm no math whiz but that's 42,000 instead of 40,000, right? Underwhelming either way.
Not necessarily a drop in the bucket in UConn dollars.
Gonna be quite weird seeing Michigan play a non conference road game other than notre dame. It's certainly been awhile. Last one was in 2003 right? 10 years.
Yup Oregon...man was that game a heartbreaker
The next week. Didn't we have 3 punts blocked in two weeks?
Those were a rough few weeks for the team. It wasn't really until the fourth quarter of the Minnesota game that they got their heads on straight again.
The Iowa loss you could blame more on Lloyd, as we kept doing that roll out punt all day and every time Iowa got closer and closer to blocking it. The commentators on TV even asked why we kept using that punt and sure enough, the Hawks blocked it and it set up an easy TD. Even so, our receivers were wide open on almost every play during our last drive and Navarre overthrew them every time.
The Oregon game was nothing more than a clusterfuck of special teams distaters. The Ducks blocked a punt for a TD, returned a punt for a TD and a couple other stupid things happened as well, I don't have the heart to look it up.
But that Oregon team was mediocre at best. After that game against us, they lost their next 3 games by scores of 55-16, 20-6 and 59-14. Then 2 weeks later, they lost 42-10.
was very similar to the @ Washington game in '02 or '01. Another special teams cluster with, at a minimum, a blocked FG going for a TD the other way IIRC. Of course, despite all the mistakes, we were in both games with a chance to win. Typical Michigan!
That was such a downer. UM was up something like 12-6, had to put together a nice 4th quarter drive and was attempting a FG to go up 2 scores. Washington blocks the FG and returns it for a TD. One or two plays after the kickoff Navarre throws a pass to Perry out in the flat. It bounces off of Perry's hands and is intercepted and returned for a TD. Within a matter of minutes (and probably less than a minute on the game clock) UM went from possibly being up 15-6 to being down 20-12.
UGH!!!!!!!!! I just relived it.
The irony is I was excited on that field goal attempt. We make it, and the game is all but done. Washington couldn't do crap against our defense. A 15-6 lead in the 4th quarter in that game would have been no different than a 42-6 lead.
Even on the radio, Beckman and Brandstatter were commenting on how tired the Washington players looked, breathing heavy and looking like they had no fight left in them. Then the punt was blocked, returned all the way, and a little of me died inside.
The irony is Oregon drove down the field on their first possession but stalled. They attempted a FG, which UM blocked and ran back for a TD. After that it was all Oregon on special teams.
I went to that Oregon game, if memory serves me correct I think we were trying a fake punt and we fumbled, like on our 20yd line. They scored easily on the ensuing drive. The first half was a comedy of errors. The only redeeming factor for me was that you could leave the stadium and they sold beer in the field house directly next door. We outplayed them the second half it was too little too late though, they held us on a game winning drive attempt and proceeded to run out the clock.
Iowa was two weeks later. There was a home game against Indiana in between that I was at but can't remember any part of. Did Breaston run a punt back?
Oh, Jim Boccher...
I remember Dan Fouts going absolutely apeshit over a one yard run on third down that was ruled to not be a TD that replay indicated probably broke the plane, and UM blocking the following FG attempt and running it back for a TD. Dan Fouts was going ballistic on the non-TD call and Kieth Jackson had to talk him down. "Easy buddy that's the alumni talking." I have never liked Dan Fouts since then and take great pleasure in all those AFC championship games he lost.
Unless they start selling single game tickets, I don't think this makes a difference. Forcing people to buy season tickets if they want access to the UM game is just being stubborn
not going to lie, I've thought about sucking it up and buying season tickets just to ensure that I get a good seat for the game.
A really silly idea man
Oh, you mean like when you want to see MSU, OSU or Indiana at Crisler?
Although, our OL will probably grate them as well.
I just bought 4 tickets for the family...I have been waiting for tickets to become available.
I think the opposite...prices are only going up. As we get closer, tickets will be scarce for this event. The reason they are keeping the game in Storrs is that they want the event on campus, and everyone will want to be there. And it will be an event...I bet it will be described as the biggest football game ever played in Connecticut. Draw on Uconn fans, New York and Boston crowds. And in a small stadium.
I didn't even know the tickets were on Stub Hub -- I have been looking at Craigslist periodically and haven't seen it listed. As we get closer to September, I am guessing the tickets will be some student tickets, and few decent seats. UConn fanbase has been waiting for this game for years. And face value? Hmm...you can only get this game as part of season ticket package, so the face is actually skewed for all the other games you don't want (I actually looked into buying UConn season tickets too.)
Anyways, I have 4 tickets, now, and if I overpaid by $100 a seat or whatever, small price to pay for certainty for me and kids.
the stadium is not in storrs. it's 24 miles away in east hartford.
I just went to UConn season ticket window, and i basically paid for season tickets. Literally, I could order season tickets (even with the required seat donation) and paid same amount as I just did on Stub Hub. I suppose, if I wanted to go long Uconn football tickets and try to sell the other gamesd for $10 or $20/ticket (maybe), I could have come ahead.
So, if you are looking now, definitely check out the season ticket option. If I had not just bought them, I would have bought seasaon tickets to ensure delivery, authenticity, etc.
This is ridiculous. Great UConn, you increased your capcity by 2000. Tickets will still be ridiculously expensive, Michigan alums will fill up way more than 50% of the available seats, and the stadium still wont be on your campus.
There is, however, a perfectly viable 80,000 seat venue similarly off campus that would be able to accomodate the demand. But that would make too much sense.
Yeah, it's really too bad that UConn isn't willing to move a home game in their stadium to a larger location that is farther from their fanbase and campus in order to appease all the vistor's fans.
They have a nice, pretty new stadium that is located near the heart of their fanbase in East Hartford. Sorry to have to break this news to you but people in CT don't care about football as much and there's no need for them to have a larger stadium. They bus their students to the game so off campus isn't as much of an issue.
Would hate to have them make about double the revenue for their program.
Doubling revenue by moving the game to either Boston or NY is a moot point since they increase their own costs and the state loses out on increased sales and use taxes. Playing the game at Yale Bowl only adds about 25k tickets while also adding the cost to rent out the stadium and probably decreasing revenues from consession since I'm pretty sure they don't sell beer there. Also, since New Haven is easy to get to by train from NYC I doubt many of those people would be coming and staying the night before/after in a hotel which also hurts tax revenue.
Could they increase the money from playing the game some place else? Probably. The point is that there are very few UConn fans who are clammoring for them to move a marque game away from their home stadium. There's a lot whining that goes on on these boards about Dave Brandon and the B1G doing things solely for the purpose of increasing revenues at the expense of the fan experience and tradition. Maybe people should take a step back and see that UConn is doing something to treat their fans to a better experience at the expense of revenues and quit their complaining. This is not Michigan's game to control, it's UConns if you didn't want to play the game in CT you shouldn't have signed the contract.
Obligatory tailgating advice from our hosts in Connecticut goes here:
In 1991, our season opener (and Desmond Howard's Heisman campaign) began with a road game at Boston College, which was played at Chestnut Hill in a stadium that barely held 30,000.
I was just a little kid then. So can anyone remember if there were similar complaints then to this current thing with UConn? Or was money just not as big if an issue back then?
and bloggers were really pissed back then too.
How many bloggers were there in 1991?
Not that I wouldn't have been upset about playing in a tiny stadium...
Was at that game and as far as I can recall there were no complaints. Things were different then - we routinely played out of conference road games. We were also pulling a fair number of players from the New England area at that time (e.g. McMurtry) which may have been an influence.
I think Desmond Howard returned the second half kickoff for a touchdown to turn that game - he was running right towards me.
Memories like that are what get me pumped about going to this game in East Hartford.
I live in Southern CT and have been to all the stadiums in the area many times. Putting aside the issue of who gets what revenue, for anyone going to the game the preference by far should be UConn's stadium in East Hartford - it isn't even close. Why anyone would prefer to fight their way to the Meadowlands or Foxboro is beyond comprehension. Rentschler has easy access by both car and plane, is a relatively new, nice facility, and at 40,000 a great place to see a game.
The reason they put it there was for the access - I can't understand wanting to see this game anyplace else. Anyone going that hasn't been there before is going to love it.
Besides, I'm not convinced they could sell 70-80,000 seats. For starters a lot of people in CT would stay home and watch on TV rather than endure the nightmare travel.
It's easier for you. It's far less easy than the Meadowlands for people who live in New York (I don't know from Foxboro, I've heard that's a mess even if you live in Boston). But in general, a lot of people wish this game was played at either of those places because a lot of people live a lot closer to those places than East Hartford.
I'd prefer to fight my way to the Meadowlands. Of course, it's like 7 miles away from where I'm sitting right now vs. 120 miles to East Hartford.
That said, I think UConn should do what it wants to do to accomodate its fans and its own political needs, which is to play it in East Hartford.
2,000 additional seats sounds way lame.
I like "NOW WITH 5% MOAR SEATS!!"
I would have to say with the decision to stay at home it isn't really about the money anymore. Crazy I know.
I live in CT and have been to a number of games there. There are a number of things UCONN has going against them. First, college football is not big in the NY/NJ/CT/MA area. Everyone follows the Patriots, Jets, and Giants. No one pays any attention to college football. I am originally from Ann Arbor, so I am obviously a fan of UM sports, football in particular, but no one else gets it in the Northeast. There just aren't any programs here like a UM here. The closest thing is PSU which is pretty far away. State college is probably a 6 hour drive from UCONN. Second, the stadium is a good 45 minutes off campus. It's not like it's right on campus. So, there isn't a ton of student or school pride in that stadium. It's a nice stadium and new, but it's not a part of campus, it's more correlated with Hartford than UCONN. Next, football is still pretty new to UCONN in being Division IA/FBS. It just hasn't grown the fanbase of a powerhouse. Also, UCONN doesn't really have any rivals for football. I've seen them play Louisville, WVU, and Pitt there and people just don't show up to see UCONN. I expect a good turnout for UM, but because it's UM not because of UCONN. Also, this stadium is already pretty new. I don't know if there are regulations or anything, but they have to really build a program and be a little more estabilished I'd think before they expand an already new stadium. Anyways, college football is just not a part of the culture of this part of the country. I've 6 tickets and I'm going with some friends and will be rocking my MGoBlue shirt and rooting on the good guys.