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U-M Announces Reduced Big House Seating Capacity, Still Largest Venue In College Football

The athletic department announced Friday that Michigan Stadium will be a little bit smaller, but more accessible to fans.

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The University of Michigan athletic department announced Friday that alterations have been made to Michigan Stadium that decreases its total capacity, but improves fan accessibility.

The Big House will remain the largest venue in college football with adjusted capacity of 107,601.

Here's a snippet of the release from

This lower capacity, coupled with the national interest in first-year J. Ira and Nikki Harris Head Football Coach Jim Harbaugh, has led to Michigan's tickets once again being the hottest commodity on the secondary markets, as recently covered in the media.

The most noticeable changes to Stadium seating relate to ADA accessibility, as seats had to be eliminated in order 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. "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 U-M. We are incredibly thankful to the response of fans who have been affected by changes in seat locations."

Michigan football's home opener for the 2015 season will be on Sept. 12 when they take on the Oregon State Beavers.