Football games at Michigan Stadium will not be the same in 2020, that’s if a college football season can even be played.
The athletics department at the University of Michigan announced Wednesday that if Wolverines can play this season, the capacity of Michigan Stadium will decrease, or games can be held without fans as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
There will be no football season tickets, and all home matches will be sold on an individual betting basis, with sales limited to current season ticket holders and students. There will be no ticket sales to the public.
“We have worked closely with a wide range 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 also announced the following policies for the 2020 football season.
- For season ticket holders who chose to adjust their season ticket / quantity during the upgrade period in June, the new seat / quantity will be retained for the 2021 season.
- Details of a potential individual game sale will be announced once a decision to play with or without fans has been completed.
- In the event that Michigan can have fans at all sporting events this season, all forms of tickets will move to a mobile platform.
Season ticket holders have three options to choose from regarding their previous payments for Preferred Seat Contribution and season tickets: convert the previous payment into a tax-deductible athletic gift, apply payments towards the 2021 season or request a refund. Once a final decision on the football season has been made, the Athletic Ticket Office will follow up with further information on how to request the PSC option and season tickets. Season ticket holders do not need to take any action at the moment.
As positive cases of COVID-19 continue to increase in most parts of the country, the probability of a 2020 season becomes more unlikely. The Big Ten announced last week that they will play conference games only this season, with Commissioner Kevin Warren noting, “We may not have a college football season.”
The Michigan football team, along with several other university teams, is back on campus participating in volunteer training sessions. According to a university release on July 10, Michigan has tested 514 student-athletes and staff, with four positive tests.
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