Michigan is making strides to try to ensure that more students are able to afford to attend football games at the Big House, basketball games at Crisler Center and hockey games at Yost Ice Arena.
Part of UM's enhanced approach is incorporating a modified ticket model, allowing students who are in financial need to have access to discounted season tickets. The athletic department worked with UM's Central Student Government to create a ticket plan for students eligible for the Federal Pell Grant program through the Office of Financial Aid.
"Expanding access to athletic events for students is one of the greatest accomplishments we have made in our work with Athletics," CSG president Bobby Dishell said. "This is a big step in the rebuilding of the relationship between athletics and students. Now, more students than ever before have access to support our fellow students as they represent our school on the court, field, and ice."
Students who meet the requirements will have access to discounted season tickets for the 2015-16 season:
■ Football: $100 ($75 off regular price)
■ Men's basketball: $120 ($80 off regular price)
■ Ice hockey $90 ($60 off regular price)
This student ticket renewal process for football, men's basketball and ice hockey begins on March 11.
The deadline for returning students to request tickets for the three sports is March 27. In addition to their game ticket, students will receive a free official season T-shirt with the purchase of the season ticket for each respective sport.
In addition, currently enrolled students will have the ability to order away game football tickets from April 15-17.
"The athletic department and Central Student Government have worked closely over the past year to create inclusive ticketing policies for students," said David Ablauf, Associate Athletic Director for Public and Media Relations. "Our mutual goal is to have the student body contribute to the game-day atmosphere that helps our teams win and provides excitement for all of our fans. We look forward to continuing this partnership with our students."
Angelique S. Chengelis contributed.