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- Student/Alum/Did not attend: Alums (5 generations)
- Number of previous seasons you purchased season tickets, as student or not, excluding 2014: every year since Michigan Stadium opened in 1927.
- Number of tickets renewed for 2014: 4
- Number of tickets NOT renewed for 2014: 0
- Bonus question: Did the Nuss hire or the Penn State night game announcement sway your decision? NO.
|1 day 14 hours ago||TCF Bank Stadium||
In Minneapolis, iirc.
|2 days 11 hours ago||Is your local Carl's Jr. on||
Is your local Carl's Jr. on Artesia Blvd in Redondo? Because that's my local (6 blocks away), and it ripped down to the studs a couple of weeks ago.
|1 week 2 days ago||Tarkanian nailed it a long time ago...||
"The NCAA is so mad at Kentucky they're going to give Cleveland State another year of probation." - Jerry Tarkanian
|3 weeks 22 hours ago||Better than the M plates...||
...Available from the State of Michigan.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||To my recollection, it's||
To my recollection, it's always been said that Washington invented it, but Michigan perfected it.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||I am not a number. I am a||
I am not a number. I am a free man.
I will not make any deals with you. I've resigned. I will not be pushed, filed, stamped, indexed, briefed, debriefed or numbered. My life is my own. I resign.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||Our 3 best potential returnees from 2012-2013 team...||
Either went pro or missed the bulk of the season with injuries.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||Smith, not Gee. Gee isn't||
Smith, not Gee.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||Mmm...sourdough excellence.||
|4 weeks 5 days ago||It's what plants crave.||
It's what plants crave.
|5 weeks 17 hours ago||However, NW Ohio is filled||
However, NW Ohio is filled with overt and covert Michigan sympathizers still seething over the corrupt administration that allowed Ohio to steal the Toledo Strip from the Territory of Michigania, and our forces will be multiplied by their numbers as we march on Columbus.
|5 weeks 17 hours ago||This absolutely needs to||
This absolutely needs to happen.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||4 seats in Section 24,||
Ticket holders every year Michigan Stadium has existed.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||Does every team also spell||
Does every team also spell American "Amercian"?
|8 weeks 13 hours ago||I'm better at Russian, but...||
|10 weeks 1 day ago||And that worked out well for the Blues.||
They fired a guy 1 year removed from winning the Adams trophy, and then...splat.
Next Blues coach to have a record in St. Louis better than Red was Joel Quenneville, from 1997-2004.
Basically, they fired Red, and it took 15 years to get a guy who produced equal or better results.
|10 weeks 2 days ago||Jordan||
|10 weeks 2 days ago||As Hunter "Lochdog" Lochman said...||
...it's all about creating an experience that brings casual fans - the family of four from Grand Rapids - to Ann Arbor for the game.
I always thought the big selling point of watching Michigan football in Michigan Stadium was watching Michigan play football in Michigan Stadium. Perhaps Dave Brandon's concern is that watching Michigan play football in Michigan Stadium these days is not a very rewarding experience.
My oldest child (the 2 younger ones are not quite ready for football) does not require a mascot, a noodle, WiFi, Special K, etc. to love Michigan football, and neither did the last generation.
|10 weeks 2 days ago||I thoroughly agree...||
...with your point. I was simply noting that there has always been a significant financial motivation to Michigan football. The issue, as you rightly note, is that we appear to have crossed the line from "great thing I'm happy to support financially and that I have sincere and longstanding emotional ties to" to "mediocre, commoditized marketing blitz wrapped around that thing I love like a throbbing leech." I still love that thing I love, but I desperately want to remove the leech.
I'm a fifth generation grad with a family that has owned tickets in Michigan Stadium every year it has been open. Literally.
Both my grandfathers and my dad were varsity athletes at Michigan. One of those grandfathers made at least 1 home game at UM every year from 1918-2008 (age 6 to age 96).
I attended my first UM football game at age 2.5, and attended religiously until I moved a long plane flight away, and even then, I made at least 2 games per year, even when I lived in London.
I guess what I'm saying is that our family reasonably qualifies as "fans" rather than simply customers.
That said, I have to agree with your point re the corporate POV costing you "customers," if my own family is any indication over the past 2 years:
1. I've personally had season tickets since 2000 (5 years out of undergrad, when I finally got off the waitlist - that thing that no longer exists), and in the past 2 seasons, cut my season ticket purchase from 6 to 2.
2. My brother gave up his 2 season tickets.
3. My dad cut his season tickets from 2 to 4.
All told, our family went from 12 to 4 tickets in 2013.
Our development officer in the athletic department called us 24 hours after the deadline to ask what was up, and we gave him an earful about value for money, gouging the ticketholders and the "brand experience" destroying the uniqueness of attending a Michigan football game. It feels more contrived and less authentic every year.
We then turned around and gave our PSD money to (1) the Engineering school (Dad's degrees); (2) the Ed School (mom's 2nd degree); (3) LS&A (my BA, mom's BA, brother's BA); (4) the business school (my MBA); and (5) the debate program.
We made quite clear that our money (beyond our remaining 4 tix) isn't coming back to the AD until they stop gouging for inferior experience. Said we'd be quite happy spending our money on the secondary market to acquire tickets for games we'd actually like to see, but that, in essence, our loyalty to Michigan football was being commoditized, exploited, and taken for granted.
I have 3 kids. I would love for them to grow up with the same sort of Michigan athletics experience I had as a kid, but it doesn't really exist anymore.
|10 weeks 2 days ago||Not really an issue...||
In September/nonconference portion of season.
|10 weeks 3 days ago||Fielding Yost, In describing Michigan Stadium:||
Said something to the effect that 90,000 people paid $X for their seats. And that the best part was that they left their seats behind when they exited the stadium.
|10 weeks 6 days ago||I'll just reference the||
I'll just reference the family ticket pool, of which I'm a part owner...
6. Number of tickets renewed for 2013: 4;
7. Number of tickets not renewed for 2013: 8
We did our big cull in 2013. Our development officer in the athletic department called us 24 hours after the deadline to ask what was up, and we gave him an earful about value for money and gouging the ticketholders. We then turned around and gave our PSD money to (1) the Engineering school (Dad's degrees); (2) the Ed School (mom's 2nd degree); (3) LS&A (my BA, mom's BA, brother's BA); (4) the business school (my MBA); and (5) the debate program. Made quite clear that our money (beyond our remaining 4 tix) isn't coming back to the AD until they stop gouging for inferior experience. Said we'd be quite happy spending our money on the secondary market to acquire tickets for games we'd actually like to see.
|11 weeks 11 hours ago||No, but I've||
been to Memento Park in Budapest. http://www.mementopark.hu/
Back in the late 1990s, they sold CDs of "Communism's Greatest Hits."
|11 weeks 1 day ago||ESPN GamePlan||
It was available on the west coast on ESPN GamePlan for $24.99 for a single game.
It was an abomination on the field with crappy resolution on the screen. Miserable.
When I lived in London I streamed games off ESPN for less money with better resolution.
|14 weeks 4 days ago||Given our Rose Bowl record...||
unfortunately, I'd have to agree.
|15 weeks 21 hours ago||He probably did that right||
He probably did that right after a therapy session dealing with Nik's frustration from people consistently misspelling the last name Stauskas.
|15 weeks 1 day ago||Jalen : Izzo to the Pistons||
Jalen : Izzo to the Pistons :: Herbstreit : Miles to Michigan
|15 weeks 2 days ago||Pretty sure that 342 of those||
Pretty sure that 342 of those 200 wins over ranked teams were on the road.
|15 weeks 3 days ago||Love this:||
"The great basketball mind that [sic] of Rick Barnes..."
|16 weeks 7 hours ago||East Lansing HS. Class of||
East Lansing HS. Class of 1994 I believe.