Jim Harbaugh has the Michigan Wolverines back to winning double-digit football games and competing at the top of the Big Ten conference. He also just had 11 players drafted from his 2016 team in the recently completed NFL draft.
Despite all the change happening, apparently confidence continues to grow amongst the Maize ‘n Blue faithful. That’s because today the Michigan athletic department announced they had just topped the 93,000 ticket sales mark for the upcoming season.
“We remain incredibly grateful to our loyal fans and community members,” said Warde Manuel, the Donald R. Shepherd Director of Athletics in the press release. “We are pleased to expand the base of fans who will be able to enjoy season tickets, including continued interest from our enthusiastic student body. Despite the continued growth in season tickets, we remain committed to offering multiple ticket options to ensure that all fans have an opportunity to join us at Michigan Stadium.”
It also marks the first time U-M has topped the 90,000 season ticket sold level in a decade.
The last time that occurred, Michigan was coming off the crazy 2006 season in which it nearly won a national championship.
Michigan could have likely sold over 90,000 season tickets each of the past two seasons, but according to its own release capped that number just short. The change this season came because of continued demand over the 90,000 mark for the third straight season.
U-M will distribute some 72,000 non-student season tickets this season, meaning the student section will top the 20,000 mark this upcoming season.
Clearly the fans are on board with what has happened the last three seasons. However, this team returns just five starters and will be going through a bit youth movement overall. It will be interesting to see how this team turns out on the field.
It has recruited well, played exciting football and been in the headlines most of the offseason thanks to Harbaugh. All of it adds up to a fanbase willing to fork over cash at a record-setting pace for the football team.