2011 Season Tix!

Submitted by strick23 on May 1st, 2011 at 7:06 AM

Received my "Congratulations" letter in the mail yesterday!  Finally a season ticket holder, and what a great year to get em!!!  Feels like Christmas in May!  Now to decide whether to get the pad attached to my seat locations.....  Eah, why not right?

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Maize and Blue…

May 1st, 2011 at 7:29 AM ^

State at their place two years ago.  I was talking to one of their fans who had chairbacks as part of their season ticket package.  They told me the thing they liked the best was that it guaranteed them their seat space. I can't count the number of times I've felt squished in my seat in the Big House. 

bluewave720

May 1st, 2011 at 7:40 AM ^

Congrats on getting the season tix.  Mine were made official a couple of years ago, and I still remember the evening I found out like it was yesterday.

I was also thinking about getting that cushion.  I don't want to be a poon, since it's not for my sore butt or anything.  But staking a claim to my actual seat location sounds very nice.  

Abe Froman

May 1st, 2011 at 3:01 PM ^

this is my first year with alumni tickets, and i just received my congrats letter yesterday as well.

 

i was so happy, my wife asked me if i was happier than the day i was accepted to michigan!!

 

to tell ya the truth, i was.  i knew id get accepted, but wasnt sure id get these tickets.  ;-)

 

 

mGrowOld

May 1st, 2011 at 8:39 AM ^

Welcome to the club!  I'm a 18 year season ticket holder who finally decided to try and upgrade my seats.  So i wrote a fairly fat check to pump up my points and requested an u better location (in section 5 right now).  Problem is they don't tell you if you've got them until August when the tickets actually arrive.  So you wait and hope.

mGrowOld

May 1st, 2011 at 8:47 AM ^

57 points going in and scrathed a 1,500 donation for my two seats in row 61 and 90 points and a $2,500 donation for my 4 in row 33.  Asked for any movement towards the 50 (section 5 is endzone - visitors) as long as I was above row 15.

Why...can you help?

MGoSoftball

May 1st, 2011 at 9:05 AM ^

It helps the rest of us.  Hoke has increased the level of tix interested especially on this board.  There are many new waitlisters who have a difficult time understanding the tix process.

If we all post our points/donations/time on wait list etc, it will help others where they have to be in order to obtain tix.

mlax27

May 1st, 2011 at 9:46 AM ^

There is a listing of the points on mgobue.com so you can see where you would rank. A lot of people donate near the minimum, so donating a little more beyond that can get you a nice movement. This will be my first year and I got two in the valiant section!

treetown

May 1st, 2011 at 10:07 AM ^

To expand on this: there are points given for donations to the Athletic Department, the University at Large, years of continuous support, degree(s) from the UM, and I think whether you were once a letterman on a sports team. It is pretty transparent, and I would second the advice posted elsewhere:

1. Giving above the minimum (even $100-$250) surprisingly helps because the difference between sitting at the 5 yard line and 30 yard line has a huge spread. Some of the people in the central zones have huge numbers of points, but that pool of supporters to some degree moved out by the opening of the boxes and the club and backed chairs, so there is room to expand.

2. As I get older, having a seat starts to matter more :)

Not sure how the pad bench seats would work; I guess it would be worth it if it helped you stake out your "posterior" space and means one less thing to carry into the stadium.

 

MGoSoftball

May 1st, 2011 at 10:49 AM ^

AD doesnt list how many points plus donation = XX number of seats in the YY section.

 

So, mlas27, if this is your first year and you got 2 in the valient section, how many points do you have and how much did you donate?

 

Treetown, the same question to you.  How many years on waitlist, how much did you donate this year and how many points do you have?

treetown

May 1st, 2011 at 1:21 PM ^

I was undergrad and grad school here so in the early days got tickets through that source. Later got tickets through the alumni association for about 5 years before taking the plunge and joined the Victors for the minimal amount. Ended up with a pair in Section 42, (roughly 5 yard line, the first straight section before the curve) and about half way down. So great sightlines when the action is at this end, not so good at the other end. Now those seats are up in section 44 which took about a $250 bump to reach the next tier. Added a pair of chair backs when they became available because I'm just getting too creaky in the knees and hips. It was initially daunting when I looked into the point totals but there have been a lot of people who've been season ticket holders for decades.

Current priority point total is 500 which might be discouraging but that is from about 20 years worth of effort so I'm helped by a long "past athletic donations" and "university donation" tail. Keep at it and gradually you'll accumulate points. Remember donations to the University also count, although not at the same rate as athletic donations, so giving to LSA or Engineering isn't ignored. The points are roughly:

1 point for current athletic donation (per $100), 1 point historical athletic donation (per $100), 1 point historical university donation (per $1000), 1 point ticket loyalty (consecutive season ticket holder), 5 points (UM degree), 10 points (UM letterwinner), 1 point marching band donation (per $100). Minimum of $100 to keep Victors Club active. I think there are some details and limits - so I don't think having a BS, MA and PhD gets you 15 points. Go to the UM athletic web site for more details.

 

Clearly there are advanges and disadvantages. Cons: takes time and patience, Pros: makes you appreciate long term excellence and not freak out as much for a single bad season, although the past three were pretty tough. Also rewards steady giving over time and while you can plop down a big donation, smaller amounts over time actually help you and allow you more flexibility. That stretch from Carr - Mo - Last half of Bo was pretty sweet in retrospect.

Never was wait listed - from my limited experience, I think if you take the plunge you won't be wait listed long, your initial seats just might not be that good. It could be in the endzone or curve. The advice listed about the tiers seems accurate - once you achieve a certain tier, you might be able to advance up a bit here and there, but the real improvements come from bumping into the next tier.

Hope this helps.

 

strick23

May 1st, 2011 at 8:55 AM ^

I was on the waitlist for about a year and a half...  Not an Alum, but the wife is...  Found out if I sent in my marriage license I'd be rewarded the 5 points for the degree.  I then donated $100 and was offered 2 in the endzone.  Now, I'm sorta wondering if I would've donated $200 I woul've been offered 4????  Gettin greedy aren't I?

MGoSoftball

May 1st, 2011 at 9:09 AM ^

your data.  I doubt another $100 would have been enough to get you 4.  I know that the required points seem to be about 4-6 for 2 in the enone. 

One poster gave $300 last year and received 2 in the Blue section.  So I am sure that the scale has slid up from last year with all the new energy injected into the program.

Did anyone else receive their "congrats" letter this weekend?  The more we share data the better we all can help each other.

A2MIKE

May 1st, 2011 at 9:16 AM ^

I have 4, 2 in section 6 and 2 in section 12.  I want to get to 6 total and have them together, so I really upped the donation this year to $2500.  I am still waiting to hear from the athletic dept. on this.  I received my renewals, but it said nothing about the new season tickets requested.  Did anyone else that currently has season tickets ask for additional seats?  How long does it take to find out, I assume I won't have to wait until August.

 

 

Uferisms

May 1st, 2011 at 10:45 AM ^

A2Mike,

I few years back I had 2 in the Southern End Zone and two in the Northern.  When I renewed my tickets I just wrote a note asking if it was possible to get all 4 together.  I did not make any additional donation.   When my tickets arrived in August I had 4 in section 36 (Northern end zone).

 

 

 

strick23

May 1st, 2011 at 10:29 AM ^

me sending in more than a $100 donation would've upset the wife a bit!  HA!  She's under the belief that because she's paid the University tens of thousands for her degree, that we should'nt have to donate more to be given the oppourtunity to purchase tickets!  Hey, it's a good thought, but wishful thinking on her part! 

ramverine79

May 1st, 2011 at 9:51 AM ^

An alum who finally decided to try to get off the wait list w/ a $2500 donation. First time making a donation as we had been content buying season tix from someone else.

FIngers crossed I guess. Hope it's enough. Hopefully it's in the mail in the next few days!

jcgary

May 1st, 2011 at 12:18 PM ^

I just received notice that I have 2 renewable season tickets as well.  Like the other one said it does feel like Christmas.  

I wanted to let you know that according to the letter inside my envelope they will offer you 4 tickets in the Valiant section with your donation.  I am sure you will see it in the mail soon.  

For the others wondering I put my name on the waitlist 7 month ago and donated for the first time this past December.  I gave $300 and received my tickets.  I know they were holding inventory for the past few seasons due to the construction so I am sure they had extra inventory this season to burn through the wait list.  

 

chrs5mr

May 1st, 2011 at 10:13 AM ^

I still have my 'Congrats' letter from 2009.

I did get the seat pads like everyone else said, just to hold the actual space of my seats.

chrs5mr

May 1st, 2011 at 11:15 AM ^

Cost is $32 per seat, but brochure did say that the price will go up (I think it said after Aug 1st).

I did check out IMG's website about seats and if I were to guess, I'd say they will eventually ban seat pads in the future because IMG does game day rentals at other stadiums.

mGrowOld

May 1st, 2011 at 10:40 AM ^

I'm going wait a year on the pads to see how this all works out.   Candidly I dont sit very much during the game so having a nice comfy pillow for my tush is pretty useless.

But I could see where the "down in front" crowd are going to LOVE them!

Shoelaces_Pfft

May 1st, 2011 at 11:16 AM ^

Does anyone know why when I log onto my account on mgoblue and hit the season renewals link it says application for new season football tickets? It says quantity 2 and additional items cushion lease. This was my first year donating and I haven't gotten anything in the mail. This doesn't mean i was offered renewable tickets right?

chrs5mr

May 1st, 2011 at 11:32 AM ^

not sure if the online application specifically says where your seats are.  If it does have a specific location, it should not matter when you renew.  If it does not, if could but I'm not positive.

I believe the deadline to complete is May 13th.

strick23

May 1st, 2011 at 11:44 AM ^

Thats the same thing I experienced....  I was sent the letter and "application" in the mail, and the letter stated that I had the option of taking care of everything online.  So yes, the application for season tickets you see online is stating that you've been offered the 2 seats.

MGoSoftball

May 1st, 2011 at 12:00 PM ^

based on your post, I checked my account and PRESTO, I was offered (what I think) is season tickets.  I went ahead and and placed the order and it went through.

So I think this is legit.  There was no seat location listed.  I donated $500 this year for the first time.  That gave me 5 points.

chrs5mr

May 1st, 2011 at 3:01 PM ^

Anyone can setup an account on MGoBlue.com, I had my account before I had season tickets.  Before you have season tix, you can click on renewals and nothing shows up.  Once I did get season tix, then that section would have something in there.

MGoSoftball

May 1st, 2011 at 3:42 PM ^

account from buying softball, hockey and basketball tickets.  I always bought my tix on the secondary market.  This way I could change up my seats for every game.  But I with all the changes (suites, asile widening, holding seats back, non-renewals due to RR) that this year is the best year to apply.

I suspect (but could be wrong) that the next few years will be difficult to get season tickets.  Then if Hoke wins a few keys games, almost impossible. 

I guessed correct.  Again, I waitlisted in Dec10 and donated $500 in Jan11.  I checked my account and it gave me the option to buy 2 renewables.  It does not show which section.  If I get in the Blue at about row 35 or so, I will be happy.  I did not receive a letter yet.

Although I have to say I pulled a hammy jumping with excitement.  Now Im sore. 

GoBlueMAGNUS

May 1st, 2011 at 11:45 AM ^

Everyone out there who's on the waitlist I can't stress enough that points don't matter as much as what tier you are in.
<br>The points are ranked based on the what giving tier you are in, NOT overall.
<br> If you are in a higher giving tier for that year ($500-$999 tier vs $100-$499 tier) you will get the better offer and the first offer. You could have 100 points but and give $100 and get beat by someone with 5 points who gave $500 or more to get Ina higher tier. GET IN A HIGHER TIER

M-Wolverine

May 1st, 2011 at 4:57 PM ^

Counting my blessings. I think I was in the last graduating class that just got tickets without being wait-listed if they wanted them (if not, it was the class after me). All the time, money and effort put into it now. I feel for y'all. Makes paying for my tickets a little less painful in this economy knowing my rationalization of an "investment" isn't such a rationalization.

mghorm

May 1st, 2011 at 7:01 PM ^

 I currently go to Carnegie Mellon but i grew up in ann arbor so i'm a maize and blue fanatic and lacking a real college team to root for (go tartans) i had to do something.So I got one of my friends to find someone who didn't want tickets (dumb) and offer them 300 for them. Then i gave one of my friends the money so he could get a new M card and he gave me his old one and voila for $325 i got season tickets in the best section possible. I think i'm only gonna make it back for three games (ND, Neb, OSU) so i'm gonna sell the rest.

p.s. just kidding i don't feel bad at all

Rico616

May 1st, 2011 at 9:54 PM ^

Holy shit getting season tickets sounds like homework! Congrats to you guys that get them.

Remember if you have any for sale come August...they'll get bought up quickly on mgoblog.