No matter what happens with Big Ten football, or college football in general in 2020, one of the best-attended venues in the sport will look much more barren this coming season.
Today the Michigan Wolverines announced major changes to the normal ticketing policy, and might still be banning attendance for the upcoming season all together.
As a result, the following policies will be in effect for the 2020 football season:
There will be no football season tickets. Status as a season ticket holder remains unchanged, and season ticket locations will be retained for the 2021 season.
If U-M is able to have fans at Michigan Stadium, all home games will be sold on an individual game basis, with sales limited to current season ticket holders and students. There will be no ticket sales to the general public.
For season ticket holders who elected to adjust their season ticket location/quantity during the June upgrade period, that new location/quantity will be retained for the 2021 season.
Details regarding a potential individual game sale will be communicated once a decision on playing with or without fans is finalized.
In the event that Michigan is able to have fans at any sporting event this season, all forms of ticketing will move to a mobile platform.
Block M is also allowing all required seat donations and ticket dollars to be rolled into 2021 if a season ticket holder chooses. The Ann Arbor campus led all of college football in attendance for the fifth consecutive year in 2019, with an average of 111,459 people per home game at The Big House.
This is the first in what is likely a series of these decisions that will come from athletic department leadership teams across America. The thought of having fans stacked on top of each other in a stadium is just untenable right now, and it’s another reason why pushing back the 2020 college football season seems more likely every day.
But for now, we can say it was a Michigan Man that has dropped the first season ticket holder shoe. And usually when Michigan season ticket holders are this sad, they’ve just played Ohio State.