Michigan to lower student ticket prices for football

Angelique S. Chengelis
The Detroit News

Michigan will announce lower student ticket prices for football next season and athletic director Dave Brandon will have monthly meetings with students, according to a release from the athletic department Thursday night.

Earlier in the day at the monthly Regents meeting, Bobby Dishell, president of Michigan's central student government (CSG), said that he had been working with Brandon and the athletic department regarding student tickets and that prices will be lowered next season.

Michigan student ticket sales dropped this season, in part because of the high price — $295, highest in the Big Ten.

The new student season-ticket prices for the 2015 season, which includes home games against rivals Michigan State and Ohio State, will be announced next week.

The CSG and athletic department have worked out several other items for next season:

* Rental fees for athletic facilities will be eliminated for student groups with a charitable focus.

* The department has committed to work with the Big Ten to create a blackout weekend where Crisler Center will be available for MUSIC Matters in 2016.

* Brandon will hold monthly meetings with students to address topics relating to all 31 teams and Michigan athletics.

* Dishell and Brandon will have regular meetings.

* The athletic department will create a student advisory board comprised of student-athletes, non-athletes, season ticketholders and non-ticketholders.

Dishell on Thursday revealed results of a student survey indicating a lack of faith in the athletic department and disappointment in the high ticket prices.

"Often times, negativity is louder than positivity, however, it is important to realize that Bobby, myself, and other student leaders on campus have worked hard to establish effective lines of communication that aim to enhance Michigan tradition today and into the future," said Cooper Charlton, president of U-M's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) which represents all 931 student-athletes. "The newly created opportunity for open dialogue creates a framework to hold our athletic department and students accountable, thus fostering a relationship built on trust. Together, we will create sustainable long-term relationships that forge a unified Michigan family."

Brandon said in the statement that the department will continue building a strong relationship with CSG.

"This is an important relationship for us, one that we need to repair, and one that will provide mutual support among all students. We have worked closely with CSG over the past year and this will continue to strengthen our very important work with the student community."