The University of Michigan athletic department on Wednesday announced that if there is a 2020 college football season, the capacity of the Big House will be reduced greatly or feature no fans at all this season due to the coronavirus pandemic. The program says a final decision on the capacity will be made at a later date in consultation with medical officials, the Big Ten and more. This is, of course, if a season winds up taking place at all.
“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,” said athletic director Warde Manuel. “We will follow the direction that all of these agencies and experts continue to provide during this challenging time.”
As a a result of the above, the policies in effect are:
- No football season tickets. Season ticket holders will retain their locations and status for the 2021 season should they decide to hold onto their tickets. All adjustments will also be retained for the 2021 campaign.
- If Michigan is able to have fans at games this fall, all sales will be limited to season ticket holders and students on a game-by-game basis. There will be no sales to the general public.
- All forms of ticketing will be via mobile platforms if fans are allowed in Michigan stadium.
- Details regarding sales and other aspects of the change will be finalized at a later day.
- Season ticket holders can either convert their payments for 2020 to a tax-deductible donation, apply their payments to the 2021 season or request a refund altogether. Further details will be followed up on once it is decided how to move forward.
So there you have it. If you’re not a season ticket holder or a student, you will not see a game inside Michigan Stadium this season. Now, we wait and hope that a season takes place at all.