Michigan-Notre Dame tickets still available for those willing to pay the price
Still need tickets to the big Michigan-Notre Dame game Saturday? You can find them, but scoring some will likely require a little patience or a chunk of change or both.
Anthony Grimes was armed with plenty of the former Friday. He already had tickets for himself and his family for the first night game in Michigan Stadium history, but was looking for 2 to 4 tickets for friends. He was convinced he’d land tickets for a price he was willing to pay.
“People are going a little crazy for this game,” he said. He’s been to University of Michigan night games played in other stadiums. “It’s cool watching the helmets come out under the lights,” he said. But it’s not cool enough to justify paying an exorbitant price, he said.
And exorbitant prices are out there. Late Friday afternoon, tickets on StubHub!, a secondary ticket market website sanctioned by the University of Michigan, were listed for prices ranging from $199 to $4,000 per ticket. The U-M Athletic Department Ticket Office has long been sold out of tickets for the game.
Grimes, who lives in Ann Arbor and is retired, isn’t a University of Michigan alumnus, but said his family has had tickets on the 45-yard line for years.
Nichole Perez, a certification specialist at NSS in Ann Arbor, is looking for tickets for herself, her brother and her best friend. She usually gets tickets from friends, but this time, the friends aren’t willing to give up their seats.
She’s looking to pay about $150 per ticket. “We’re not going to go to much over that because we know that closer to game time people are going to get desperate to sell their tickets,” she said.
Carl Meyers, an investment adviser who lives in Dearborn, already snagged 4 tickets for $100 each. He put an ad on Craigslist looking for tickets and was planning to meet the seller and complete the transaction Friday.
Meyers was looking for 2 tickets, but the price was so goood he decided to buy 4. He was already going to the game but bought the tickets for his 15-year-old son, Bradley. “He’s going to be the happiest guy in town,” he said.
John Cordell was also hoping Friday to pick up 2 tickets but wasn’t sure if he’d be able to get them for the $150 price he was willing to pay. The 1991 Michigan graduate, who lives in Lansing and works as a public information officer for the Michigan Department of Corrections, planned to be in Ann Arbor Saturday looking for tickets right up until it’s almost time for kickoff (8 p.m. ESPN).
“Then if we can't get ‘em we’ll find one of your local Ann Arbor sports bar establishments and just watch it there.”