Remaining MSU season tickets won’t include UM game

Matt Charboneau
The Detroit News
Michigan running back De'Veon Smith is tackled by MSU players during last year's game in Ann Arbor, won by the Spartans, 27-23.

East Lansing – Fans can still get season tickets for Michigan State football games this fall, they just won’t include the Oct. 29 matchup with Michigan.

The full seven-game package has sold out of Michigan tickets, though packages including the remaining six games are still available.

“You can only sell what you have,” Michigan State athletic director Mark Hollis said.

Each team visiting Spartan Stadium receives a certain allotment of tickets, and Michigan and Ohio State both receive 5,000, a number that is much higher than other schools on the schedule. On top of that, the Michigan game is a big recruiting weekend and is popular with other groups on campus, putting another dent in the available tickets.

“We have higher demands for Michigan because there are lot of other activities beyond athletics,” Hollis said. “Generally it’s a high weekend of recruiting but it’s also a high weekend for governmental affairs and other activities that are going on on campus. That leads to 200, 300 tickets and it does have an impact on the ability that you have to sell on a season-ticket basis.”

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It does represent good news for Michigan State, which has received 2,400 new season-ticket requests for this season and has a renewal rate of around 92 percent, Hollis said.

“Oh, this is great,” Hollis said. “This is what you want. This is what every athletic department strives to be. But I also understand when a fan is waiting and all of the sudden … It’s kind of like when you try to buy an airline ticket and you see they’re for $300 for like five days in a row and you finally decide to buy it on the sixth day and it’s $689.

“But it’s a great thing for Spartan athletics. It’s what a program that has this kind of success -- you generally do not want to have an open sale of season tix. And yet we had 2,400 new orders this year, which was good.”

Hollis emphasized the Michigan tickets are only unavailable to the public sale of season tickets. Student season tickets will still include the Michigan game.

The Spartans have a solid home schedule, including a non-conference matchup with BYU as well as Big Ten games with Wisconsin, Michigan and Ohio State. Hollis said there is a chance Ohio State tickets could soon all be sold, as well, making season tickets just a five-game package.

“Ohio State is very close behind,” Hollis said.

MICHIGAN STATE 2016 SCHEDULE

Fri., Sept. 2, Furman, 7 p.m. (BTN)

Sat., Sept. 17, at Notre Dame, 7:30 p.m. (NBC)

Sat., Sept. 24, Wisconsin, time and TV TBA

Sat., Oct. 1, at Indiana, 8 p.m. (BTN)

Sat., Oct. 8, BYU, time and TV TBA

Sat., Oct. 15, Northwestern, 3:30 p.m. (TBA)

Sat., Oct. 22, at Maryland, 7:30 p.m. (BTN)

Sat., Oct. 29, Michigan, time and TV TBA

Sat., Nov. 5, at Illinois, time and TV TBA

Sat., Nov. 12, Rutgers, time and TV TBA

Sat., Nov. 19, Ohio State, time and TV TBA

Sat., Nov. 26, at Penn State, time and TV TBA