Wednesday, June 10, 2009
You can tell that times are tough in southeastern Michigan. Moments ago, the Alumni Association of the University of Michigan sent out a one time offer to buy tickets to every home football game in the Big House. They are not season tickets, insofar as one will not get the same seats for each game and there are no "annual renewable privileges", but they are tickets for the whole season.
The Athletic Department appreciates your support of the University as a member of the U-M alumni family. It is in that spirit that we are working with the Alumni Association to offer you the opportunity to purchase an "All In" ticket package for $400 consisting of a ticket for each of the 2009 Michigan football home games....
Please remember that this is a one-time ticket package for the 2009 Michigan football season without annual renewable privileges for 2010 or beyond. Any tickets purchased previously through the Alumni Association or the Athletic Ticket Office cannot be refunded or exchanged.
My guess is that the university has not sold its single game seats as usual, probably because Michigan's economy is so wretched. Indeed, I speculate that the waiting list for actual season tickets has moved with greater speed this year than in ordinary times.
You know people are hurting when they give up their Saturdays in Ann Arbor.
Am happy to report that a little further west, in Nebraska, there remains a fairly long waiting list for season tickets, and there is no such thing as single game tickets, except a very small allotment for the visiting team. The amusing thing is that "waiting" is apparently not enough, you must be a donor to clear the list. A donation of $3,500 per seat will functionally get you on the list for 50 yard line tickets... About $500 per seat will get you on the list for the worst seats in the house. All this, and they aren't even good... How about that for loyalty to mother U?