Michigan will not have full Big House if college football happens in 2020

Michigan will not have full Big House if college football happens in 2020

The Big House will not be at full capacity in 2020.  

Michigan announced Wednesday that attendance will be reduced or games will be played without fans if there is a college football season in 2020. As a result, there will no season tickets for football.  

Michigan Stadium is the largest college football stadium, with a capacity of 107,601. On May 20, Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh addressed the logistical problems of filling a stadium of that size with fans while trying to play a game.  

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“You could definitely test both teams and the officials, but can you test 100,000 fans coming into a stadium?” Harbaugh said. “Probably not. Heck yeah, I would be comfortable coaching a game without any fans. If the choice was to play in front of fans or not play, I would choose play in front of no fans.”   

The Big Ten moved to a conference-only scheduling model last week, the first Power 5 conference to make that move.  

“We have been working closely with a wide variety of leaders to ensure a safe and healthy environment for our student-athletes, coaches, fans and support staff associated with a game at Michigan Stadium,” Michigan athletic director Warde Manuel said in the release Wednesday. “We will follow the direction that all of these agencies and experts continue to provide during this challenging time.”

Michigan also announced decisions regarding ticket policies.  

Season ticket-holder status and location will be retained for 2021, according to the university. Tickets for home games in 2020 would be sold on a game-by-game basis if there is a season, and sales would be limited to season-ticket holders and students. All ticketing for sporting events will move to a mobile platform.

Published at Wed, 15 Jul 2020 15:06:37 +0000

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