UM’s Big House slimming down by 2,000 seats

The Detroit News

The ticketed seating capacity of Michigan Stadium has been slightly reduced, but the Big House remains the largest stadium in college football.

By increasing stadium accessibility and adjustments for major non-football events, there has been a decrease of just more than 2,000 seats. The new official capacity is 107,601.

The most significant seating changes allow for ADA accessibility. Seats had to be eliminated to widen aisles and install hand railings around the entire bowl with the exception of the student seating section.

“Our facilities group has done a phenomenal job in increasing the accessibility of Michigan Stadium while minimizing the reduction in seat locations,” said Kurt Svoboda, associate athletic director for external communications and public relations, in a release. “These shifts have taken place over several seasons; each adjustment causes a ripple effect in seating due to the large number of season ticket holders at UM. We are incredibly thankful to the response of fans who have been affected by changes in seat locations.”

Other less permanent seating adjustments over the past two years related to the stadium’s major non-football events such as the NHL Winter Classic in 2014 and the International Champions Cup in 2014.

“With accessibility projects complete and no major non-football events scheduled for 2015, the athletic department is able to establish this new official number,” Svoboda said.

Penn State's Beaver Stadium has the second-highest capacity at 106,572.