Football Ticket Prices Increase Again

Football Ticket Prices Increase Again

Submitted by Brian on March 30th, 2012 at 4:56 PM

[press release]

Michigan Athletics Announces Ticket Prices for 2012 Football Season

ANN ARBOR – The University of Michigan Athletic Department announced Friday (March 30) the ticket pricing levels for the 2012 football season. The six-game home slate will cost $390 per ticket.

“We appreciate the contribution our fans make to our football program and Michigan Athletics through their commitment every Saturday at the Big House,” said Dave Brandon, the Donald R. Shepherd Director of Athletics. “The financial support we receive from our fans provides us with critical resources we need to create outstanding academic and athletic experiences for our student-athletes across all of our 29 sports. Our fans passion for Michigan Football is unparalleled.”

Individual game tickets will be priced at $75 per ticket for games against Air Force (Sept. 8), Massachusetts (Sept. 15), Illinois (Oct. 13), Northwestern (Nov. 10) and Iowa (Nov. 17). The Michigan State game on Oct. 20 has been designated as a premium game and individual tickets for that contest will be priced at $95 per seat.

This is the second straight year that Michigan has moderately increased season ticket prices after keeping prices constant for the seven years prior to the 2011 season.

“We benchmarked our ticket prices against our peers and other comparable football venues and we have concluded that these prices will bring us closer to current industry standards,” said Brandon.

The athletic department will also offer ticket packs to accommodate fan interest in partial season ticket packages. Ticket packs and individual game tickets will go on sale in July.

To purchase a wheelchair accessible football season ticket, please email the ticket office at [email protected] or call (734) 764-0247 or (866) 296-MTIX (6849).

Season ticket renewal packages will be available in early April.

Release: Permanent Lights to be Installed at Michigan Stadium

Release: Permanent Lights to be Installed at Michigan Stadium

Submitted by Brian on September 16th, 2010 at 5:29 PM

[release]

ANN ARBOR – The University of Michigan Board of Regents approved today (Sept. 16) the request for permanent lighting at Michigan Stadium. The athletic department will have the lights installed prior to the playing of the Big Chill at the Big House, an outdoor hockey game between Michigan and Michigan State, on Saturday, Dec. 11, 2010.

“The addition of permanent lights will improve the quality of viewing experience for our fans,” said Athletic Director Dave Brandon. “We take great pride in having the best game day experience in college football and this will further enhance that position.

“Short term there will be a cost savings on the rental fee associated with bringing in lights for the Big Chill and long-term it eliminates the need for lights to be brought in every time we play a 3:30 p.m. football game,” added Brandon.

The permanent lights will allow the Michigan Athletic Department to have the lights already in place for 3:30 p.m. games. It will eliminate the need for shutting down lanes of traffic on Main Street to utilize rented cranes to hoist lights unto the facility and gets rid of the generator along the concourse, thus improving the foot traffic and parking issues in and around the stadium.

In addition, the lights will allow the football team to practice at the Big House in the late afternoons and early evenings during the months of October and November. They can also practice at the venue in preparation for road night games.

The total cost of the project is $1.8 million. Funding will be provided from Athletic Department resources.

Michigan will play its first-ever night game at the Big House against Notre Dame on Sept. 10, 2011. The Wolverines have never played a prime-time game at home in the history of the program. All 33 previous night games have been played on the road or at a neutral site.

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10 U-M Student-Athletes Earn NSCA All-American Honors

10 U-M Student-Athletes Earn NSCA All-American Honors

Submitted by Brian on April 8th, 2010 at 3:04 PM

Press release

COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO. – Eight University of Michigan football players from the 2009-10 season, one baseball player and one men’s track and field athlete were named All-American Strength and Conditioning Athlete of the Year Award recipients from the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) on March 31.

Former football players Stevie Brown (Columbus, Ind./Columbus East) and Brandon Graham (Detroit, Mich./Crockett Technical) were joined on the list by senior Steve Schilling (Bellevue, Wash./Bellevue), juniors David Molk (Lemont, Ill./Lemont Township), Brandon Herron (Stafford, Texas/Dulles), Mike Martin (Redford, Mich./Catholic Central), Junior Hemingway (Conway, S.C./Conway), sophomore Mike Cox (Dorchester, Mass./Avon Old Farms),  fifth-year senior Nick Urban (Whitehall, Mich./Whitehall) from baseball and junior Frank Shotwell (Medina, Ohio/Medina) from men’s track and field.

“The advantages of strength training and conditioning cannot be denied in collegiate athletics,” said Robert Jursnick, executive director of the NSCA. “These student-athletes attest to this understanding, and are to be applauded for their hard work and dedication.”

The honor recognizes the student-athletes’ dedication to strength training and conditioning. This year, the NSCA awarded 232 collegiate athletes from 106 schools with the honor. The NSCA All-American Athlete of the Year Award program is in its 32nd year.

The NSCA All-American Strength and Conditioning Athletes of the Year program recognizes collegiate athletes whose athletic accomplishments, in the opinion of the strength coach, reflect their dedication to strength training and conditioning. These athletes are also recognized for their academic and personal accomplishments as well as their integrity as student athletes.

This is the first year in which athletes from Michigan have received the award.

Quotes from U-M Strength Coaches on the Student-Athletes

Strength Coach Cassandra Baier on Stevie Brown… “Stevie possesses great physical ability and a very competitive nature, both of which make him a winner and a physical specimen. With this combination, Stevie is due for success.”

Strength Coach Parker Whiteman on Mike Cox… “Mike is an animal in the weight room. He always wants to do more and is consistently looking for ways to make himself better. He enjoys what he does day in and day out.”

Strength Coach Mike Barwis on Brandon Graham… “Brandon is a born competitor. He comes into the weight room every day with a great attitude and work ethic. This makes him one of the top defensive ends in the country.”

Strength Coach Chris Allen on Junior Hemingway… “Junior is a great kid that works consistently hard and is very disciplined. Every day his attitude is to be better than the day before.”

Strength Coach Jim Plocki on Brandon Herron… “Brandon’s work ethic and determination is hard to match. His speed and strength have not only made him a physical specimen in the weight room, but a force at defensive end.”

Strength Coach Jesse Miller on Mike Martin… “Mike, a freshman All-American, has an incredible work ethic. He sees every day as an opportunity to get better. The way he works influences others around him to reach new heights and set higher goals.”

Strength Coach Kentaro Tamura on David Molk… “David is an extremely hard worker. He sets out everyday to be the best he can be. I am confident that his achievements will continue to grow throughout his career. He was named to the Rimington Award Watch List, which is awarded yearly to the best center in the nation.”

Strength Coach Dennis Murray on Steve Schilling… “Steve Schilling is a tempo-setter. He comes in every day with the mentality to get better. He is the first one in the weight room and the last one to leave. This is why he is such a great leader, not only on the field but in the weight room as well.”

Strength Coach Mike Favre on Frank Shotwell… “Frank’s dedication, consistency and effort have not only raised the level of his own performance, but that of his teammates as well. His leadership has been, and continues to be, an asset to the success of the University of Michigan men’s track and field program.”

Strength Coach Jason Cole on Nick Urban… “Nick is a very diligent worker. He raises the intensity to the benefit of those around him. Nick is a consummate team player.”

Mesko Named Finalist for Ray Guy Award

Mesko Named Finalist for Ray Guy Award

Submitted by Brian on November 23rd, 2009 at 3:16 PM

[Press release.]

AUGUSTA, Ga. – ESPN and The Augusta Sports Council announced today (Monday, Nov. 23) that University of Michigan fifth-year senior punter Zoltan Mesko (Twinsburg, Ohio/Twinsburg HS) is one of three finalists for the 2009 Ray Guy Award, presented annually to the nation’s top collegiate punter. Mesko is joined as a finalist by Georgia’s Drew Butler and Florida’s Chaz Henry.

Mesko is the second Wolverine to be named a finalist for the award. Hayden Epstein was a finalist during the award’s inaugural season (2000). Mesko was a semifinalist last season. He looks to become the fourth punter in Big Ten history to win the award, joining Wisconsin’s Kevin Stemke (2000), Purdue’s Travis Dorsch (2001) and Ohio State’s B.J. Sanders (2003).

A preseason first-team All-American, Mesko is sixth nationally in punting with a U-M season record 44.5-yard average. He has helped the Wolverines list second nationally in net punting with a 40.9-yard average. Mesko has been extremely proficient in all phases, with 17 punts over 50 yards, 18 fair caught, three touchbacks and 15 downed inside the opposition’s 20-yard line. He has punted 52 times for 2,312 yards, including a 66-yard season-long punt against Western Michigan.

Mesko has already been named to the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team and is a finalist for the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award and the Danny Wuerffel Trophy. He was a semifinalist for the William V. Campbell Trophy, presented by the National Football Foundation, and is a candidate for Academic All-America honors after being selected CoSIDA Academic All-District IV first team earlier this month.

The 10th annual award will be announced live on ESPN during the Home Depot ESPNU College Football Awards Show on Thursday, Dec. 10. The 2009 winner of the Ray Guy Award will be honored at a banquet by the Augusta Sports Council and The Augusta Chronicle in late January 2010.

Mesko Named Semifinalist for Ray Guy Award, Emperor Of Space

Mesko Named Semifinalist for Ray Guy Award, Emperor Of Space

Submitted by Brian on November 13th, 2009 at 11:38 AM

[Press release.]

AUGUSTA, Ga. –The Augusta Sports Council announced today that University of Michigan fifth-year senior punter Zoltan Mesko (Twinsburg, Ohio/Twinsburg HS) is one of 10 semifinalists for the 2009 Ray Guy Award, presented annually to the nation’s top collegiate punter. This is the second straight season that Mesko has been selected as a semifinalist for the award.

Mesko and Iowa’s Ryan Donahue are the only representatives from the Big Ten Conference. Following are the other semifinalists: Drew Butler (Georgia), Peter Caldwell (Utah State), Desi Cullen (Connecticut), Johnny Hekker (Oregon State), Chas Henry (Florida), Jeff Locke (UCLA), Rob Long (Syracuse) and Matt Reagan (Memphis). Mesko, Donahue and Henry are the only returning semifinalists from last season.

Mesko leads the Big Ten and is sixth nationally in punting with a U-M season record 45-yard average. He has helped the Wolverines lead the conference and list second nationally in net punting (42.4 avg.). Mesko has been extremely proficient in all phases, with 15 punts over 50 yards, 15 fair caught and 13 downed inside the opposition’s 20-yard line. He has punted 43 times for 1,934 yards, including a 66-yard season long punt against Western Michigan.

Mesko has already been named to the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team and is a finalist for the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award and the Danny Wuerffel Trophy. He was a semifinalist for the William V. Campbell Trophy, presented by the National Football Foundation, and is a candidate for Academic All-America honors after being selected CoSIDA Academic All-District IV first team last week.

A national voting panel will trim the list to three finalists, who will be named on Nov. 23. The 10th annual award will be presented live on ESPN during the Home Depot ESPNU College Football Awards Show on Thursday, Dec. 10. The winner will be honored at a banquet by the Augusta Sports Council and The Augusta Chronicle in late January 2010.

New Year's Day To Feature Memphis-Northwestern

New Year's Day To Feature Memphis-Northwestern

Submitted by Brian on November 4th, 2009 at 2:32 PM

Press release below; I've replaced the headline with my own snark.

Key takeaway: #6 Big Ten team gets either the #7 Big 12 Team or a CUSA team in a really terrible NYD bowl game. Another game in which the Big Ten has a theoretical matchup advantage. I don't like playing CUSA. I'd rather play a mediocre B12 team than some random CUSA team. Kansas State or Texas A&M is more interesting than Houston to me.

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COTTON BOWL STADIUM TO SORT OF CONTINUE NEW YEAR’S DAY BOWL TRADITION

DALLAS, TEXAS – Cotton Bowl Stadium, second only to the famed Rose Bowl Stadium in hosting [sic] more college bowl games than any other football arena in history, will once again be the home to a New Year’s Day intercollegiate post-season football game – the Dallas Football Classic [sic] -- following next year’s regular season.

                “The promise of a new bowl game helps ensure that the Cotton Bowl remains a premier [sic] venue for college football,” said Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert.  “The renovated stadium is a great site for games, as well as an affordable and accessible [sic] option for teams and fans.  We are excited to continue the bowl tradition at the Cotton Bowl and Fair Park.”

                The nation’s newest bowl, the Dallas Football Classic will utilize a unique rotation system involving three major conferences.  The Big 12 Conference, the Big Ten Conference, and Conference USA have all added the Dallas Football Classic to their future bowl line-ups, with all three agreements running through the 2013 regular season.

                Following is the four-year schedule (selection placement shown for the Big Ten and Big 12 excludes BCS selections):

January 1, 2011 – Big 12 (#7) vs. Big Ten (#6)
January 1, 2012 – Conference USA vs. Big Ten (#6)
January 1, 2013 – Big 12 (#7) vs. Big Ten (#6)
January 1, 2014 – Conference USA vs. Big Ten (#6)          

                (Should an “at-large” selection be required, Conference USA will provide a back-up team in years 2011 and 2013, and the Big 12 will provide a back-up team in years 2012 and 2014.)

                “Obviously we are honored that the Big 12, Big Ten, and Conference USA had the confidence to sign with us as we head into our inaugural season next year; they provide the key ingredients,” said bowl President Tom Starr.  “In addition, we felt it was very important to land the New Year’s Day berth, because that has always been the traditional date for college bowl games [that weren't terrible].  We have outstanding conferences, the best game date possible, and a beautifully refurbished stadium filled with heritage and tradition; I couldn’t be more pleased.”

                The game will become official after receiving its licensing from the NCAA at the annual post-season bowl meetings next April.

Big 12 Commissioner Dan Beebe:  “The Big 12 is pleased to have finalized its partnership with the Dallas Football Classic.  This is a great location for our players, coaches, and fans.  We also are excited about the match-up with a quality opponent from the Big Ten.”  

Big Ten Commissioner James Delany:  “The Big Ten looks forward to taking part in the inaugural Dallas Football Classic on New Year’s Day in 2011, the start of a four-year agreement to play in historic Cotton Bowl Stadium against a team from the Big 12 or Conference USA.  The Big Ten has played at least one post-season game in the state of Texas in every season since 1995.  With the number of Big Ten alumni in Texas, playing a post-season game in the City of Dallas is a natural fit and should provide an outstanding experience for our student-athletes, coaches, and fans.”   

Conference USA Commissioner Britton Banowsky:  “For decades, college football fans have gathered at historic Cotton Bowl Stadium on New Year’s Day.  We are so pleased that the tradition will continue.  It is a special venue in a dynamic city.  We are excited to be a part of it.”

Transcript: Beilein @ Media Day

Transcript: Beilein @ Media Day

Submitted by Brian on October 30th, 2009 at 3:00 PM

THE MODERATOR: Next up, Michigan head coach John Beilein. He welcomes back four starters from last year's squad, including Pre-Season All-Big Ten selection Manny Harris. Coach, we'll start with an opening statement and then open the floor for questions.

COACH BEILEIN: We're excited to get the season going. I think we're really playing an attractive schedule that will be demanding out of conference, and then when we have the 18 Big Ten games now and the depth of talent in returning players in the Big Ten, it may be one of the most challenging schedules I personally have ever played and maybe Michigan's ever played in a long time.

But we're going after it. And we're excited about it.

THE MODERATOR: Questions.

Q. You've been able to rebuild the program just by letting the guys know they can trust in you. They talk about your influence on them and several Michigan high school coaches have talked about that. Would you talk about the trust factor that you've built back at Michigan?

COACH BEILEIN: I think it's the way we've tried to coach for a long time that really if you have a relationship, really strong relationships with your players, that they will, they'll usually -- adds a lot of credibility.

You use those old adages. I hate to use the cliches, but they don't care how much they know until they know how much you care. Rules without relationships equals rebellion. Those are two that we use all the time. But you have to build those relationships and then you have that trust. So it's just the thing that we've always done as a coach. And hopefully it's one of the things that can make our program special. And I don't think we're alone in this. I think a lot of coaches, successful coaches do the same thing.

Q. One of the kids on your team, Zack Novak, could you talk about his development from when he came on campus. He was suspended one game and all that just talk about how he's developed not only on the court but as a person.

COACH BEILEIN: First of all, he's in the business school. He's been admitted to the business school at the University of Michigan, which is a great honor to him.

He is a wonderful kid whose body has really changed from probably being a 225-pound probably just slightly overweight, small forward, whatever position is, he's sort of a hybrid of doing a lot of things. He played the two-man and four-man for us last year. Not too many people get to do those two tasks.

And he's really just -- he's done a great job of being a leader. As a sophomore I would say he's one of our leaders, and it gives us a great combination of a kid who can shoot and a kid who can really do a lot of the glue-type of things to keep a team going.

He dives on the floor probably more than anybody. Takes charges as much as anybody. Those are winning plays that win games. Everybody looks at the scores and the rebounds and all those type of things. Sometimes there's a lot of winning plays in there that separate us from the other team.

Q. You obviously have this program turning in the right direction. There's a lot of positives, a lot of high expectations this year. Because of the recent past and the struggles this program went through to get to this point, have you told the kids: You know, let's not get too high on this thing, let's be a little cautious going into this season?

COACH BEILEIN: You know, I wrote them a letter at the beginning of the year or just before we got here about how this was -- we're still hunting. Until we can get Michigan to point where they're in the NCAA tournament, this is normal to be in the NCAA tournament, we haven't turned anything around yet. I think that's where Michigan belongs. If you're in the tournament every year, dang it, you've got a chance of winning it.

That's where we want to go, sustain the program. So this is the second year with a very aggressive schedule, that's what we have to do. So I don't think we've lost that hunger or anybody's thinking about last year as much as saying, hey, hopefully we have a good team and we're going to be playing with the big boys all year long and let's see what we can do.

Q. With the ethics committee stuff and the board of directors voting today, kind of what's your take on what has initially been proposed?

COACH BEILEIN: Boy, there's so many things. Overall, I was in favor of many of the things that they're going to vote about today, but I can't be too specific. But I think we're making progress in some pretty significant areas, I think, according to what we'll see what happens to that.

Q. You played a tough schedule last year with UCLA and Duke. Could you just talk about the value of playing some of those tough teams in the non conference portion of the schedule?

COACH BEILEIN: I think when you have the right team, there's great value in it. When you don't have the right team, it can really ruin the confidence of your team. I think teams have to be very careful about when they do schedule like this.

And it usually comes down to the last couple of games who you're going to play. Are you going to bring in a guaranteed game or are you going to take on another difficult team? And really one of the reasons we do it to make sure that we get -- we've had UCLA at Crisler. Duke at Crisler. Now it's UConn at Crisler and the following year it will be Kansas at Crisler.

That's the back end of things. And in the meantime you have to go to Allen Fieldhouse and try to get a W. But I think we have enough of those games that it gives our kids a great taste. It's just difficult that we've had to space one in the second semester.

It looks like we may continue to do that. But we've got to be very careful of that because of how tough the Big Ten schedule is in the second semester.

Q. Do you worry about the NBA talk with Manny Harris and a little bit with DeShawn Sims being a distraction? Or have those guys handled that stuff well?

COACH BEILEIN: I think if you frame that correctly it could be a great motivator for them that you want to -- we want our guys, if they're going to be going to the NBA want to have careers in the NBA. In order to have careers in the NBA there's a lot of things that you need to be able to do, whether it's getting all your assignments in on time and doing all the tests that you have to do off the court of handling your personal business is a big thing.

So you use that as part of this. This is going to help you if you're fortunate enough to have that opportunity. So we try to use it as a positive there. And some days you want them to practice like there's NBA scouts all over your practice. But, then again, in games you may want them to play like there is no NBA.

This is your only opportunity to play basketball, make the most of it because it's right here and right now is really what's most important.

Q. Can you talk about what you feel the conference schedule is like right now? Is there too many games? Too few games with the 18-game schedule?

COACH BEILEIN: It's been difficult for us, because we have -- the opportunity to be on CBS TV with a big game in the second semester has really cramped ours together. I particularly am not in favor of the times where you play. I think this year we have -- let me see how does it go again.

It starts on a Sunday and then it's a Wednesday, then it's a Saturday, and then it's a Tuesday. There's like five games in a row. And it's very difficult to go through those stretches with the amount of travel that we have to do.

At the same time, everybody's doing it. And everybody has -- you know sometimes when you're playing somebody, it's not who you're playing, it's where you're playing them and when you're playing them that really will make a difference in some games.

So it is difficult. But thank goodness we have -- I was with Gene Keady last night and they're talking about playing a Thursday-Saturday game, leaving on Wednesday and coming back Sunday. So those are tough days, too.

It's part of this league with the footprint that we have that there's a lot of travel involved. We're very fortunate to be able to do it mostly with charter planes and quick bus trips.

Ticket Packets Set for 2009-10 Men's Basketball Season

Ticket Packets Set for 2009-10 Men's Basketball Season

Submitted by Brian on October 23rd, 2009 at 4:41 PM

Press release. Note: it cracks me up that Mitch Albom gets these.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – The University of Michigan Athletic Ticket Department has announced today (Friday, Oct. 23) four ticket pack options, as well as the dates for single game ticket sales for the 2009-10 men's basketball season.

Beginning Tuesday (Oct. 27) at 8:30 a.m. the following ticket packages will be available:

Go Blue Pack -- This pack is a five game package, along with FREE tickets to the Coppin State game (Tuesday, Dec. 22) for $80 in the upper level gold seating. Games featured in this exclusive package include Ohio State (Sunday, Jan 3); Michigan State (Tuesday, Jan. 26); Wisconsin, (Saturday, Feb. 6); Illinois (Tuesday, Feb. 23) and Minnesota (Tue or Wed, March 2 or 3). Purchasers of this pack will be given FREE tickets to the Coppin State game equal to the number of packs purchased.

Weekend Pack -- This pack is a four game package for $40 in the upper level gold seating. Games featured in this exclusive pack include Connecticut (Sunday, Jan 17); Northwestern (Sunday, Jan 10); Iowa (Saturday, Jan 30); and Penn State (Saturday, Feb. 20).

Buy 2, Get 2 Free -- With this pack, fans who buy two or more upper level gold tickets to Indiana (Thursday, Jan. 14) will receive two FREE upper level gold tickets to Minnesota (Tue or Wed, March 2 or 3).

Family Pack -- With this pack, fans must purchase a minimum of four upper-level gold tickets for $40 for the Big Ten games and $20 for the non-conference games. For each ticket purchased, fans will receive a coupon for a free drink and hot dog. Games featured in this pack include Arkansas-Pine Bluff (Saturday, Dec. 5); University of Detroit (Sunday, Dec. 13); Northwestern (Sunday, Jan 10); Iowa (Saturday, Jan 30) and Penn State (Saturday, Feb. 20). 

Beginning Tuesday (Oct. 27) at 8:30 a.m. single game tickets for all non-conference games (except Connecticut) will be available. Ticket prices range from $5-$22. To order group tickets (10-or-more), please call the Athletic Ticket Office.

Beginning Tuesday (Dec. 15), single game tickets for Big Ten games (except Ohio State and Michigan State) and Connecticut will go on sale. Single game prices range from $10-$22. To order group tickets (10-or-more), please call the Athletic Ticket Office. There will be no group orders for Ohio State, Connecticut and Michigan State games.

There will be no public sale of tickets for Ohio State (Sunday, Jan. 3) or Michigan State (Tuesday, Jan 26) games, but these games are included in various packages.

To order tickets, call the Michigan Athletic Ticket Office at (866) 296-MTIX or (734) 764-0247,  log on to mgoblue.com/tickets, or visit the U-M Ticket Office located in the Hartwig Building at 1000 South State Street, Ann Arbor. The U-M Ticket Office is open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

U-M Men's Basketball Ticket Packages

Starting Tuesday, October 27 at 8:30 a.m.

Go Blue Pack -- $80

Ohio State (Sunday, Jan 3)

Michigan State (Tuesday, Jan. 26)

Wisconsin, (Saturday, Feb. 6)

Illinois (Tuesday, Feb. 23)

Minnesota (Tue or Wed, March 2 or 3)

FREE - Coppin State (Tuesday, Dec. 22)

Weekend Pack -- $40

Connecticut (Sunday, Jan 17)

Northwestern (Sunday, Jan 10)

Iowa (Saturday, Jan 30)

Penn State (Saturday, Feb. 20)

Family Pack -- $40/$20

Minimum 4 tickets purchased required & Coupon for Free Drink & Hot Dog

Arkansas-Pine Bluff (Saturday, Dec. 5)

University of Detroit (Sunday, Dec. 13)

Northwestern (Sunday, Jan 10)

Iowa (Saturday, Jan 30)

Penn State (Saturday, Feb. 20)

U-M Men’s Basketball Single Game Sales

Starting Tuesday, October 27 at 8:30 a.m.

Exhibition Games -- $11 Blue; $8/$5 Gold

Wayne State (Friday, Nov 6)                                              

Non-Conference Single Games -- $15/$22 Blue: $10/$5 Gold

Northern Michigan (Saturday, Nov. 14)

Houston Baptist (Friday, Nov. 20)

Boston College (Wednesday, Dec. 2)

Arkansas Pine-Bluff (Saturday, Dec. 5)

University of Detroit (Sunday, Dec. 13)

Non-Conference Student Break Game -- $15 Blue; $10/$5 Gold

Coppin State (Tuesday, Dec. 22)

U-M Men’s Basketball Big Ten Single Game Sales

Starting Tuesday, December 15 at 8:30 a.m.

Big Ten Games -- $22 Blue; $15/$10 Gold

(Except Ohio State and Michigan State)

Northwestern (Sunday, Jan. 10)

Indiana (Thursday, Jan. 14)

Iowa (Saturday, Jan. 30)

Wisconsin (Saturday, Feb. 5)

Penn State (Saturday, Feb. 20)

Illinois (Tuesday, Feb. 23)

Minnesota (Tue or Wed, March 2 or 3)

Athletic Ticket Department Contact: Marty Bodnar (734) 764-0247

Statements on Bill Martin’s retirement

Statements on Bill Martin’s retirement

Submitted by Brian on October 21st, 2009 at 4:41 PM

Press release

Michigan Head Coach John Beilein

On the announcement of Bill Martin’s retirement as Athletic Director ... "Bill's commitment and positive support for our program's transition since the day I arrived has been remarkable. The persistent dedication he has continued to show in getting our new Player Development Center off the ground has taken a tremendous effort and we are very appreciative for that. We are saddened with his announcement today, however we are truly happy he has reached this point in his life. He has accomplished so much in Ann Arbor, at the University of Michigan and throughout his career, we know he will enjoy this much deserved time with his family."

Senior Athletic Director and Former Head Football Coach Lloyd Carr

In 2000 when Bill Martin became the athletic director at Michigan, we were well behind our peers from a facilities standpoint. Today, we are at the forefront and the monumental changes that Bill and his team have orchestrated have positioned Michigan Athletics in excellent position for decades to come.

The athletic campus is not Bill’s only legacy but it will be an enduring legacy. Every coach and student-athlete who compete here in the future and all Michigan fans will benefit from Bill Martin’s vision and hard work. Personally, I have much admiration for the dramatic improvements at Michigan Stadium and the efforts in pushing forward on the Al Glick Field House. I join the many in expressing our appreciation and gratitude.

Additional Background Information on U-M team accomplishments during Martin’s tenure:

Since 2000-01, Martin’s first full academic year as director of athletics, through 2008-09, Michigan teams won 72 conference regular-season or tournament championships, with a high of 11 titles in 2003-04 and eight apiece in 2004-05 and 2007-08. The Wolverines recorded 35 top-five national finishes during that same span, highlighted by eight top-fives in 2003-04.

During Martin’s tenure, U-M claimed two national championships, with field hockey in 2001 earning the school’s first national title in a women’s team sport and softball winning the 2005 NCAA Women’s College World Series.

In case you need it, here’s the breakdown ...

57 conference championships

12 conference tournament titles

3 conference regular-season dual-meet titles (wrestling)