August 14, 2014 at 9:11 am

Fans claim 26K free tickets to Michigan's scrimmage at the Big House

Michigan coach Brady Hoke said recently he wants the players to get acclimated to the night-game feel. (John T. Greilick / The Detroit News)

The Big House won't be a full house for Michigan's open football scrimmage, but the athletic department has had solid feedback.

Michigan fans had until Wednesday late afternoon to claim free tickets to the prime-time scrimmage Saturday night at Michigan Stadium.

There were 26,407 tickets claimed, according to an athletic department spokesman Thursday morning.

This is a departure for Michigan football, which does not open preseason camp to the public.

Michigan coach Brady Hoke said recently he wants the players to get acclimated to the night-game feel since the Wolverines are hosting one and are scheduled to play two road games at night.

The scrimmage begins at 8 p.m.

"It's good and healthy for our guys to get in front of people," Hoke said referring to his decision for an open practice. "It's going to be a good thing for our players, the guys in this program and hopefully the Michigan faithful."