What To Do About Student Tickets

Dylan Burkhardt

There has been a lot of conflicting information floating around about student tickets this year. The last report we saw was that there would be $99 bleacher seats and free seats behind the band. This announcement raised the question: Who will buy $99 tickets when they can go for free?

The latest report from inside the Maize Rage is that the bleacher seats will be $99 and there will be no free option for tickets. However there will be free single-game tickets for three non-conference game (this has been done the last couple years).

Even freshman will not be able to attend games for free. This comes as a bit of a surprise after Beilein reportedly announced the new plan at Maize Craze the first week of school.

The band will be moved behind the basket where the visitors shoot in the second half. The section behind them will be “overflow” for the bleacher section. The AD is confident they will sell all of the bleacher tickets (around 500) at the newly reduced price. They may sell all the tickets but I am not sure there will be need for much overflow. Tickets will be on sale from 9/17-9/30 (I don’t know if this is just for students or all season tickets).

Right now the situation is a mess. Beilein is saying one thing while the AD is telling the Maize Rage something completely different. I think the best solution is to sell the $99 tickets to upperclassmen but allow freshman in for free. Other students who don’t want to buy tickets can still get in on the three free games but it also gives freshman a chance to be exposed to the basketball program.

How else are you going to get freshmen to Crisler? They are faced with the decision of buying tickets for basketball or hockey, if anything at all. Giving free tickets to freshmen would at least bring some kids to the game who might not have otherwise gone. After all what college student doesn’t like free stuff?

What do you think is the optimal student ticket policy? Let’s hear it in the comments.

  • Bluebufoon

    Here is an interview featuring U-M Coach Beilein
    on the state of Michigan basketball.


  • I really don’t think that you should have to pay to cheer on your own college team. However, something in the range of 75-80 dollars would be fine.

  • ummm

    Why should juniors and seniors who have bought season tickets for have to pay? Let the $*^%*$& freshmen pay and give upperclassmen free tix.

  • The way I see it is that free freshman tickets would be more of an investment in the hope that they would become fans after going to the games for free. They clearly want to sell some bleacher seats, and they aren’t going to sell any if you can go for free.

  • ummm

    If you’re not already a Michigan bball fan coming in, a game at Crisler usually won’t win you over. Reward the students who have stuck through this team through some tough (atrocious) times and a few wholly unenjoyable games

  • I’d be all for upperclassmen going to games for free. Just logistically I think it works out a lot better to do the freshman thing. Looks like we aren’t getting anything for free though right now.