Hoke was top notch at this aspect of his job.
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|34 weeks 10 hours ago||The lack of a waitlist also||
The lack of a waitlist also has something to do with it. When there were 18,000 people waiting to get your seats, there was no way you'd give them up if you had any possible interest in going again in the future. Now, you can cancel knowing that they'll practically beg you to sign up again. Brandon has already dropped the waitlist "donation" from $500 to $150 (of course, before Brandon arrived it only cost $10 to get on the waitlist), which is less than the PSD for most season ticket holders. So you can cancel now, wait a few years while buying cheap tickets on the secondary market, and then request season tickets again without having to go to the back of the line because there's no line anymore.
Having season tickets used to feel like you had something unique that not just anyone off the street could get. Now they're literally offering season tickets for next year to anyone who bought single-game tickets this year. I kept my 2 seats this year (stupid me) and got an email a few months ago asking if I'd please order 2 more.
|34 weeks 10 hours ago||They DID make part of the||
They DID make part of the area above the student section into a "Kids Zone" this year, with $40 tickets all season except Penn State, and it still hasn't worked. (Of course, this year $40 is still more than tickets to most of the games are worth.)
Introducing The Michigan Stadium Kids Zone: As a Kids Go Blue Club member, you can take advantage of specially $40 priced tickets for all games (excluding Penn State) to sit with fellow KidsGo Blue Club members inside Michigan Stadium this season. Please note Kids Zone seating will be located in section 30 and tickets are limited. To purchase, click here and enter promotional code KIDSZONE. Offer available online only, while supplies last.
|39 weeks 4 days ago||My were so excited to be||
My were so excited to be there and had a great time, but I spent over a half hour in line for food because the concessions people were totally unprepared for what was really a very small crowd. I waited in line with my son for 20 minutes before the movie started only to find that they had already run out of hot dogs, brats and pretzels (everything besides candy and drinks). They wouldn't go get anything from another line for me, and they weren't warning anyone behind me not to waste their time. So then I had to take my son back to the field and run all the way back up the stairs again and go back to the end of another line to get actual food. If you're going to ban outside food, you'd better be able to handle the demand you create, especially with so many kids who don't understand being told there's no food for them. On the plus side, the fact that the tickets (which were never checked by anyone) were free and the food was half the normal price was nice, especially given the feeling during football games that they're squeezing us for every penny they can. I know this was the first time for this, so hopefully they will be more prepared next time, though I assume the crowd will be larger next time, too, because more people will know about it and they'll probably give more than a week's notice.
|1 year 15 weeks ago||I called and asked what would||
I called and asked what would happen if I didn't pay the PSD but wanted to get tickets in the future. I was told I'd have to pay the $500 they now charge to join the "season ticket interest list" again and would basically start from the beginning again. I didn't ask about my points, but I don't see any reason I'd lose any beyond possibly the ones for consecutive season ticket purchases. I finally decided to just keep paying Brandon's ransom fee and try not to think about it any more until my tickets for Appalachian State arrive and I get angry again.
|1 year 15 weeks ago||I had finally decided to suck||
I had finally decided to suck it up and renew this week, though I went back and forth for a long time and it was a really tough decision. The Gibbons thing didn't really factor in for me, but it did make me feel dirty sending hundreds of dollars to the athletic department after knowing what happened. I kind of feel like I need to donate to SAPAC just to balance it out a little.
And tthe fact that when you pay the PSD online, a window pops up asking if you'd like to donate EVEN MORE to the scholarship fund just added to my hatred for Brandon.
|1 year 25 weeks ago||Actually, water is $4.50 this||
Actually, water is $4.50 this year. The Absopure people just added some duct tape with ".50" handwritten next to the 4 on all of their banners before the CMU game.
|1 year 36 weeks ago||It's been a problem almost||
It's been a problem almost every single game since the new boards went up in 2011. Even when they have worked, the person inputting the data has often been wrong -- there were a few games last year when the boards kept saying it was 1st and 6, for example, from the team's own 6 yard line (as in 94 yards away from a touchdown, not 1st and goal). There's no excuse, with as much as tickets cost and as much as those boards cost, to have them operated so poorly during games. I like having big video boards, but as scoreboards they are complete failures so far. I had seats low in the south endzone on Saturday, so for most of the game I had no idea what yardline the ball was on because the scoreboards never showed it correctly until the 4th quarter. For a long stretch of the first quarter (after the boards showed the score as 100-100 at one point) they just turned the scoreboard/stats part of the screen off completely.
|1 year 37 weeks ago||So it was a "gameday||
So it was a "gameday destination" despite no intention of having it there on an actual, you know, gameday.
Sounds to me like, as with the seat-cushion ban, they got inundated by complaints and were so caught off guard that they had to back off to avoid a revolt. Two miscalculations as Dave Brandon tries anything to make a buck, and the season hasn't even started yet.
|2 years 35 weeks ago||I have season tickets in the||
I have season tickets in the Blue section, which cost $980 this year ($790 for the tickets and $250 for the PSD, ignoring tax deductions). Partly because I wasn't sure if I'd be able to go to the UMass game, and partly because I knew I'd be able to find cheap tickets if I did go, I sold my tickets to Saturday's game in July. Thanks to the U-M partnership with Stubhub, I was able to sell them even before my physical tickets arrived, and before U-M began selling individual UMass tickets to the public. I got face value ($75 each, or $123 for the pair after the fees they take out). Then when I found that I would be able to go, I bought a new pair on Stubhub the night before the game for $25 each, plus $10 in fees. Seeing how well that worked, I may do it again for the various UMass/Akron/etc. games.
As weak as this year's home schedule is, the MSU game is what makes it hard to come out ahead buying individual seats vs. season tickets in the endzone ($50/seat PSD). MSU tickets have a face value of $95 and are going for $200+ on Stubhub but cost season ticketholders only $65. each, Assuming you pay $200 on Stubhub for MSU, you'd have to buy the other 5 games for an average of $49 or less (including the 10% buyers fee and ridiculous $4.95 "electronic delivery fee"). It would be all but impossible to do better individually in 2013 and other odd-numbered years when there are at least 3 big home games. Plus there's no way I'd ever give up my lifetime renewable season-ticket rights just because I might pay slightly more than market value in a particular year.
|3 years 29 weeks ago||posted from iPhone||
The reason you can't hear the "C" when everyone spells Michigan is because of where you sit, not how loud they say it. Having sat in all four corners at various times, I have noticed that it is always impossible to hear whichever letter is on the same sideline on the other side of the 50. Students can't hear the C. My season tickets are in the opposite corner, so I can't hear the A. The people in the NE corner can't hear the G. Etc. So before you call out the "alumni" for being unable to say one letter, try sitting somewhere else and you'll realize that's simply wrong.
|3 years 36 weeks ago||The text is way too small for||
The text is way too small for everything except the score. The board should have been designed so that the quarter is shown next to the game clock (instead of wasting that space with a fourth block M). That would free up a little more space on the board to make everything else bigger -- maybe put down and distance on one line and "ball on" on a second line, rather than cramming all three onto one line.
Also, they should put "TOL" in the center with the number of time outs on either side in each team's column so that the numbers could be bigger, just like they did for the words between the yardage stats. And don't waste space putting borders around the yardage numbers. Just make the numbers fill that space. The boards themselves are plenty big, it's just still a very inefficient use of the space they have.
|3 years 36 weeks ago||Get on I-94 westbound from||
Get on I-94 westbound from either AA-Saline or Jackson Rd (which is Huron St downtown). Take that to US-127 north to Lansing and then get on I-96 to GR.
Avoid Main St and US-23 northbound at all costs.
|3 years 37 weeks ago||I also contacted Brandon||
I also contacted Brandon because I stood in line at the concession stand near Section 6 to ask for water before the game started, and the woman looked at me like I asked for magical unicorn stew. She informed me that they certainly did not offer free cups of water, but I could buy a bottle for $4, though eventually I was offered an extremely small cup with several ice cubes so that I could wait for them to melt and become water.
In addition, I discovered that it's impossible to hear the PA announcements from just outside Section 6, because I missed the restart of play after the 1st delay and then later on had no idea that the stadium was actually being evacuated (as opposed to just another delay) until an usher came up and started yelling that we needed to leave.
|3 years 37 weeks ago||Take 127 south from Lansing||
I'd suggest taking US-127 south from Lansing down to I-94 and then east to Ann Arbor. It's 7 miles longer than I-96/US-23, but mostly likely faster because US-23 southbound from Brighton to Ann Arbor is usually miserable on game days. Then you can get into and out of AA via Ann Arbor-Saline Rd like you have in the past and park where you usually do. In my experience, coming and going from the west is so much easier than from the north or northeast.
|3 years 37 weeks ago||Sure, but I wouldn't consider||
Sure, but I wouldn't consider the usual group of scalpers -- not real ticketholders selling 1 or 2 extras, but the people there every week who spend the day buying and reselling -- to be part of our "fanbase." Just saying it's probably a good idea to be even more careful than in the past about who you buy from, especially if they seem to be offering a particularly good deal.
|3 years 37 weeks ago||These aren't tickets given||
These aren't tickets given back by WMU. They've been for sale ever since single games went on sale. This is the one game that the AD has never claimed to be sold out or down to "single seats only."
On a related topic, I'm wondering if the new partnership with StubHub is going to create issues with people getting screwed by shady ticket scalpers this year, especially for big games like Notre Dame. Now that you can deliver tickets electronically, it's possible to sell a ticket via StubHub and then turn around and sell the physical ticket as well, even though the barcode on it will no longer scan at the gate. It would make me nervous about buying tickets from someone on the street now, because there's no way to be sure that someone else didn't already buy the "working" tickets for those seats off of StubHub until you try to go in the stadium.
|3 years 38 weeks ago||I'm not concerned about||
I'm not concerned about getting pushed off of my specific seat number so much as getting squeezed from both sides so that my 18 inches of space ends up being about 8-10 inches. The permanent cushions make for an easy way to maintain the full seat, especially later in the season when people have heavy coats and and also so your seat doesn't disappear when you leave for a few minutes to get food.
That said, I didn't get them because I'm only using my season tickets for half of the season and didn't think it was worth the cost.
|3 years 39 weeks ago||corner row 20-40||
I'm a fan of seats in the corners, probably 20-40 rows up.
I've seen dozens of games from my parents' seats, in the NE corner in row 26 (hence my screenname), and think that's about the right height to be close to the action but high enough to actually see the whole field.
I've sat on the 50 a number of times, and while the view is great, I feel like I might as well be home watching the same view on TV for free. The crowd in those sections is so quiet that it really loses the excitement of being there in the stadium. I've also sat in both endzones, including in row A for the MSU game last year, and while that provides a very different perspective it's also hard to know whether a play has gone for 2 yards or 12 yards especially when it's on the opposite side of the 50.
I now have season tickets in the SW corner in row 86. I love the corner view and I don't mind being high up (except for the game last year when someone in the front row of the club seats above me knocked a full cup of pop off the ledge and it hit me in the back) but think being lower just makes you feel like a part of the action more.
|3 years 40 weeks ago||Let's go one step further||
Now your computer screen is showing an image of a screen on one end of the stadium showing an image of the screen on the other end of the stadium showing a test pattern.
|3 years 49 weeks ago||June 27 for Victors Club members||
As of this morning, mgoblue.com says this:
Ticket packages will be offered as follows:
June 27 - Victors Club members
If available, remaining individual game tickets will go on sale July 18.
I assume that means you won't be able to buy tickets to any of the good games without picking up equal numbers to EMU etc.
|4 years 17 weeks ago||I got a pair of renewable||
I got a pair of renewable season tickets in the Blue section starting last year with just 1 priority point. I actually should have had 12 points, from my degree and my wife's degree and a past donation not to the athletic department, but I found out later that they weren't entered into my account properly. I don't know if there was more availability last year as the suites opened up and some ticketholders moved up there, but I would guess that it still wouldn't take more than a few hundred dollars -- or for alumni, maybe even just $100 which would activate the account and give you 6 points -- to get offered season tickets somewhere.
|4 years 26 weeks ago||Once you're on the waiting||
Once you're on the waiting list, the only way you actually get offered season tickets is if you donate at least $100 to join the Victors Club. Then, depending on how many "priority points" you have, you may get the chance to buy tickets. I was offered a pair of renewable tickets in the Blue section -- one category better than endzone, basically in the corner -- last year with just 1 priority point (I should have had 12, but they screwed up my account). Unless a lot more people are trying to get tickets for next year, the threshold may still be low enough that a $100 donation will be enough.
|4 years 28 weeks ago||A writer for the Champaign||
A writer for the Champaign News-Gazette actually had the gall to congratulate Illinois' defense for knocking Denard out of the game because it preserved Juice Williams' yardage record from the '08 game.
Later in the same column, he says the hit on Robinson shouldn't have even been a penalty.
Anyone here care to set him straight?
|4 years 33 weeks ago||I've only used it during the||
I've only used it during the UConn game so far, but I thought it was great to have access to replays even when the scoreboard doesn't show one. I'm also excited to have video feeds from other games, though none of the games available that day were even remotely of interest. My biggest complaint is that when you watch a replay, the live audio from the game cuts off, even though there's no audio with the replay. So you have to choose whether you want to watch the replay or else hear what Beckmann and Brandstatter had to say about the play but not both.
|4 years 37 weeks ago||UPS delivered a box this||
UPS delivered a box this afternoon that said "Enclosed is your new FanVision compliments of the University of Michigan Wolverines," and then about 20 minutes later I got the email explaining what it is. I'm excited to try it out at the game, but their planning seems pretty haphazard. Getting a strange box at the door, with no instructions inside, then a cryptic email, and having it all be 2 days before the first game seems amateurish. They even had to send out a follow-up email 15 minutes later explaining that these things would be delivered to your home. And no explanation of whether this is for season-ticket holders, Victors Club members or what.
|4 years 40 weeks ago||No, Maynard is public. All||
No, Maynard is public. All public garages around campus are accessible on game days, and cost about $5 to park for the length of time you'll be there. It's a longer walk, but worth the savings, I think, if you're not planning to tailgate. Some do fill up though (particularly the one at Main and William, which is closest to the stadium) and they can take forever to get out of after the game.
University garages are closed during the day unless you have a Blue Lot pass.
|4 years 41 weeks ago||I'm 6'1" and on our 2nd Mini||
I'm 6'1" and on our 2nd Mini Cooper. Minis have a ton of front head and leg room, more than most bigger cars do. The back seat, not so much.
Unfortunately neither of the ones I've owned look like this.
|4 years 42 weeks ago||Counterclockwise. When you||
Counterclockwise. When you sit facing the field, 1 is on the left of every section. So If you are in Section 1, Seat 1, you are on the border between sections 1 and 2.
|4 years 50 weeks ago||I got two renewable Blue||
I got two renewable Blue season tickets this year for the first time, after donating just $100 to activate my points. As best I can tell, I have 12 points: 5 for my degree, 5 for my wife's, 1 point for the $100 this year and 1 point for $1,000 in past giving to U-M (non-athletics). I also got the All-In pack last year and my wife and I each had student tickets for 4 years, but I don't know if those count. Before last year, I had never even been offered the chance to buy any tickets outside of the regular public sale. I'm planning to sell probably half of my tickets this year (Massachusetts and Bowling Green, anyone?) because I can't go to all of them, but it's worth losing a little money on those for the chance to have them every year from here on out.
Also, for anyone else who got the Blue offer and lives in Michigan, the $250/year PSD donation works out to only about $100 after state and federal tax deductions, since Michigan gives you a credit worth half of a donation to a public university (to a certain limit), and PSD donations are 80% tax deductible.
|5 years 2 weeks ago||I got the same offer as||
I got the same offer as mgoblue7 yesterday -- 2 renewable seats in the Blue tier -- but I only donated $100. That was the first time I had donated anything, but I figured this year given the down economy down, the team's record and the fact that a lot of longtime season-ticket holders would be giving up their seats to move up to the skyboxes, I would try it this year. My wife and I are both alumni, so I don't know if the points we get for those helped at all, too.
I got the All-In offer on Friday and was disappointed they weren't renewable, but fortunately I hadn't sent that back before the season-ticket offer arrived yesterday. I was so excited that I submitted my application online before I even realized they were offering me Blue seats -- I saw the description "10 yard line to back of endzone" and interpreted that to mean endzone seats. I'll take those this year, since they don't make you pay a PSD for the first year of tickets, but then depending on what seats they give me, I may switch to endzone for next year to save some money.