The Michigan football team will make their first ever road trip to Rentschler Field this season, and Wolverines fans are already clamoring for tickets.
According to Easy Seat, the average ticket price for UConn Michigan Football tickets is $199.44 which is 4 times as expensive as the average ticket price for UConn’s six other home games ($45.) The get-in price right now is $103, by far the most expensive game in UConn history. And with less than 1,000 tickets available on the secondary market, ticket prices most likely will not drop precipitously in the months leading up to the game.
This is the second leg of a home and home series that began back in 2010. The first matchup between the two universities happened to be the debut of the newly-renovated Michigan Stadium and was at the time the most attended college football game of all time with 113,090 fans. This game will be quite different since Rentschler Field only holds 40,000. UConn plans on adding 2,000 temporary seats for the game to accommodate Michigan’s desire for 5,000 tickets, but supply is clearly trailing demand by quite a bit.
This will be the first non-conference road game – other than visits to Notre Dame every other year – Michigan will play since 2003 when they visited Eugene, OR to face the Ducks. Most of the large programs shy away from non-conference road games because of the money they are giving up by not playing at home. Those September afternoons with over 100,000 fans at Michigan Stadium are very lucrative and an additional game on the road will severely decrease potential revenue over the course of the season. In addition, teams with national title aspirations would rather avoid a tricky road game in September when they can be playing in their comfortable home confines, so most years Michigan will play all home non-conference games with an occasional visit to South Bend.
All of this adds up to the rarity of a Michigan fan living in the northeast and being able to watch the Wolverines in his or her backyard. Rentschler Field will be packed to the brim on Saturday, September 21st and Michigan fans will surely represent a significant proportion. If you’re one of those Michigan fans in Connecticut and want to see your Wolverines play, check out Easy Seat for available tickets.