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."