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Personally I wish they would have left it as is but put in a time based rewards/punishment component. For example:
Showing up 15 minutes early: 3 points
Showing up 5 minutes early: 1 point
Showing up at kickoff: 0 points
Showing up 10 minutes late: -1 point
Showing up after the 1st quarter: -3 points
And then put something in the ticket packages that you need a certain threshold of points to be able to get tickets to the bigger games (OSU, MSU, etc.) as part of your season tickets (if you were below the threshold and couldn't get tickets to those games price would be prorated). Those tickets would then become available as individual student tickets for say $20 more.
You could then combine positive points with credits taken as a way of determining ticket locations.
They need a system that properly punishes/rewards showing up on time and not how long you can camp out. I don't think this change will have the desired outcome that they hope for.
"Isn't it amazing what somebody will do when he can't bunt." - Vin Scully
I would like to see something like this over general admission. I like the Alabama system that several people have been describing on other sites. Essentially, you don't get any points if you show up. However, you lose points if you show up late or miss games. If you show up late you get -1 and if you miss a game you get -2. I believe it's a 3 strike policy where if you get -3 you are punished. Not sure if it's inability to renew tickets or get tickets to a big game, but this punishes the exact people Michigan fans want to punish, the students that buy tickets and don't show up. General admission just punishes every student.
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As a rising senior, this sucks. There isn't really any other way to put it. I mean I could understand if for the first year they had a general block seating where seniors and juniors got priority to better seats, but just having an immediate change in policy like this is a terrible idea. It's not like you have a semi controlled environment like you do for the basketball games where everyone goes in through the same entrance and gets a ticket for a specific seat. You will literally have thousands of students all trying to get into the best possible seats with no way to prove who was actually there first or rightfully deserves to sit/stand there. I'm not even sure what I'm going to do the Notre Dame game. I feel like I'm going to have to get there by 3 just to get a seat below row 30. I had worse tickets this past season than I did my sophomore year and was looking forward to the experience of being around fellow seniors and upperclassman that have been in my seating group these past few years. I bet they'll make a killing off concessions now that students are forced to be there hours early just to get a seat. I've been tailgating (after the usual college tailgates) right next to the stadium as a last stop for food and drink and to see some older friends. Now I won't get to enjoy watching some of the other games going on or other tailgates because I will have be at the stadium well before (hours in some cases) before the games start.
I can see sort of a complaint for seniors (I know I'd be fuming if I was concerned) but in general it's a good call. I'd rather have people get the best seats who sacrifice a half day of partying for good seats.
Why force anyone to sacrifice anything?
Obviously because people who were entitled to seats before didn't support the team as much as they could or as others possibly could. And I don't want this to be a "students aren't enthusiastic enough" debate, but IF you want the student section to be the most fanatic, most hardcore part of the stadium - and it seems there is an element of pride in that - then obviously the student section needs to be full at all points of the games and ideally fully of students who are also real fans rather than guys/girls who are there solely because it's "a thing" (we've all known the type).
I guarantee half the people in the entire stadium are there because its "a thing". Why not accept that it is also a social event. If you pay for tickets you should be entitled to seats, regardless of your level of fanaticism.
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with hoke, borges, mattison, and funk, I don't think there will be any donuts left for the students. we got some big coaches.
Nobody is being denied seats
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Is this real? It took me a while to figure out the donut thing was legitimate, but is Krispy Kreme actually interested in sponsoring the "event"?
Could you imagine the field day opposing fan bases would have if Hoke were to be sponsored by Krispy Kreme?
I really want this to happen.
Yes, it's true.
Dave Brandon is a smart businessman and he's ahead of the curve.
He knows that corporate sponsors are the future of collegiate athletics. (Think EPL.)
(I'm glad that I have a big-time donor as a relative. He frequently gives me behind-the-scenes info on what's happening at Schembechler Hall.)
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