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Posted on Tue, Dec 6, 2011 : 7:05 a.m.

U-M sells 13,000 of its allotted Sugar Bowl tickets on first day

By Paula Gardner

About 75 percent of the University of Michigan's allotted tickets to the Sugar Bowl were sold Monday, the first day that Wolverines fans could buy seats to watch the team in its bowl game, the Michigan Daily reported.

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Of those tickets, about 1,800 went to students for a price of $97, according to the report.

U-M was allotted 17,500 tickets for the Jan. 3 game against Virginia Tech in the Mercedes Benz Superdome. The stadium's capacity is about 76,000, and a few non-U-M tickets remain available.

The University of Michigan Alumni Association also is selling tickets as part of tour packages.

Meantime, Virginia Tech sold almost 5,000 of its allotment of 17,000 tickets as of Tuesday afternoon, although only donors and season-ticket holders have been able to purchase them so far, according to the Roanoke Times.


Tim Zick

Wed, Dec 7, 2011 : 12:26 a.m.

genetracy We are playing in the sugar bowl - not the cotton bowl. You really don't have a clue so your comments really don't mean anything


Tue, Dec 6, 2011 : 10:27 p.m.

Good posting TS21

Old Salt

Tue, Dec 6, 2011 : 8:55 p.m.

I wonder how many were sold to dealers who will sell them at a hgher price

Terry Star21

Tue, Dec 6, 2011 : 8:22 p.m.

I think the attraction to Michigan football is contagious; whether it be the Michigan faithful, the Bowl committee's, or the entire nation - America loves Michigan football ! The fact that Michigan was in every game this year, threatening to tie the two teams that beat them in the fourth quarter. America knows, that Michigan is going to be in every game and give it their best - all why showing great sportsmanship and the Michigan ethics and personality. Why else would a Bowl select them to be the only game played on January 3. This is Michigan Football - for America's sake ! MgoBlueForTiM.........Michigan football, the only game in America.


Tue, Dec 6, 2011 : 6:39 p.m.

The rush is on to buy tickets for the Irrelevant Bowl, a battle between two bottom 10 teams. I am not an MSU fan but a college football fan. Listen to the national and regional media and nobody thinks UM or VT should be in this bowl except their fans. The cotton bowl committee picked these teams because "they travel well". If that is the case, why go through the charade of rankings? Pick a team on fan support alone. Yeah. This game will also be in the middle of SEC territory and the cotton bowl could not selct a team from the SEC, where they play the best college football in the country? I doubt many locals in NO will be interested this game. Who would be interested in two also rans from weak conferences?

Terry Star21

Tue, Dec 6, 2011 : 8:13 p.m.

Isn't this a great country ? Americans love to watch Michigan football.

Edward R Murrow's Ghost

Tue, Dec 6, 2011 : 7:20 p.m.

geno wrote: "The rush is on to buy tickets for the Irrelevant Bowl" --and-- "My mistake. Let the name calling begin." As if you didn't land the first blow. GN&GL


Tue, Dec 6, 2011 : 7:02 p.m.

My mistake. Let the name calling begin.

crabbie mike

Tue, Dec 6, 2011 : 6:49 p.m.

Geez I thought it was the Sugar Bowl, but I could be wrong, or you could try to get your facts straight before you make a comment.


Tue, Dec 6, 2011 : 5:41 p.m.

i imagine they all backed in the doorway to buy the tickets.they will drive or fly back words to get to New Orleans.enter the stadium back words. sit in their seats backs words. After all their arrogant team got to the bowl thru the backdoor.

Edward R Murrow's Ghost

Tue, Dec 6, 2011 : 10:32 p.m.

"enter the stadium back words" "Due to the back words thinking BCS rules . . . " Yup. That's what you wrote. LOL that you apparently do not understand the problem. Typical Sparty. GN&GL


Tue, Dec 6, 2011 : 10:23 p.m.

Uh... no, ERMG. That's not what happened at all. Read a little more closely.

Terry Star21

Tue, Dec 6, 2011 : 8:36 p.m.

By the looks of Michigan and the rest of the America snapping up tickets - some of us might have to sneak in the 'back door' at the Sugar Bowl to see America's favorite team.

Edward R Murrow's Ghost

Tue, Dec 6, 2011 : 7:18 p.m.

The same guy who, in two posts, wrote "back words: is telling someone else to go back to school? Seriously? Only in Spartyland. GN&GL


Tue, Dec 6, 2011 : 6:51 p.m.

@15crown00 Dude. Get off the internet and start paying attention in school. You need it badly.


Tue, Dec 6, 2011 : 6:39 p.m.

jealous much???

John Armelagos

Tue, Dec 6, 2011 : 5:14 p.m.

UM beats OSU. UM goes to a BSC Bowl, while Little Brother does not. All's right in the sports world.

Edward R Murrow's Ghost

Tue, Dec 6, 2011 : 7:17 p.m.

"back words thinking" LOLOLOL Is this a word one finds in the Sparty dictionary? Because it's not in mine. GN&GL


Tue, Dec 6, 2011 : 6:37 p.m.

hmm...sounds like someone is bitter...


Tue, Dec 6, 2011 : 5:47 p.m.

Due to the back words thinking BCS rules the Little Sisters went to the BCS Bowl. Hoakies,Hoakies stuff Hoke his team and their ARROGANT fans.


Tue, Dec 6, 2011 : 5:44 p.m.

thanks to the dollar signs and the silly BCS rules is why u got to a BCS bowl.Let's remember Sparty 28-Wolvies 14.


Tue, Dec 6, 2011 : 4:04 p.m.

The Alumni Association also has various packages. It is great to see students, alumni and fans in general buying up tickets. This will help future causes as well.

Terry Star21

Tue, Dec 6, 2011 : 8:32 p.m.

We have to get more students involved, especially @ home or Brandon is going to cut down the student sections (deservingly) and give out more season tickets. I had heard a few years ago there where in excess of 13,000 people on the waiting list for season tickets. Fielding Yost's original vision of 150,000 seats (true story) was right on !


Tue, Dec 6, 2011 : 5:48 p.m.

Back door plans no doubt


Tue, Dec 6, 2011 : 3:48 p.m.

and this is why they were chosen over MSU. Be it right or wrong.

Terry Star21

Tue, Dec 6, 2011 : 8:27 p.m.

Some things never end; an ex-football coach that can't let go, little brothers jealousy, hatred from down south, etc. But some things live on forever - MICHIGAN FOOTBALL - the absolute best !

Edward R Murrow's Ghost

Tue, Dec 6, 2011 : 7:15 p.m.

"BCS also does not correct for the 13th game MSU played" This is a silly statement. How ought it "correct" for the 13th game? There is a very simple rule of football polls that has existed ever since they first appeared: if one loses on Saturday, one can expect to drop in the polls. And the corollary to that rule (not always true as Michigan found out in '97), one cannot fall in the polls if one wins on Saturday. Mighigan State had its fate in its own hands, as did Wisconsin. The winner of that game was going to the Rose Bowl. The loser was going to be jumped by Michigan in the polls--no matter who won or lost. State could have gone to the Rose and Wisky to the Outback, but MSU did not take care of business. So Wisky will be smelling roses. M-S-Mooooooooooooooooooooo will be smelling a Bloomin' Onion. Good Night and Good Luck

Ben Pargament

Tue, Dec 6, 2011 : 6:13 p.m.



Tue, Dec 6, 2011 : 5:27 p.m.

The1Cool: BCS rankings take polls into account, which means they can therefore be influenced by factors other than the numbers. BCS also does not correct for the 13th game MSU played, that Michigan did not. Do not delude yourself into thinking the wolverines "earned" a BCS bowl bid. They were chosen over more deserving teams (Boise State, to name but one). 1BlockRadius: The transitive property does not apply, as much as you'd like it to. Even if it did, Michigan did not play Wisconsin once this season, and lost to unranked Iowa. Your argument is both weak and baseless.


Tue, Dec 6, 2011 : 5:20 p.m.

Michigan state lost to Nebraska and Notre Dame. Michigan beat both.


Tue, Dec 6, 2011 : 4:47 p.m.

MSU wouldn't have sold out their tickets?


Tue, Dec 6, 2011 : 4:27 p.m.

Don't forget to start w/ the fact Michigan is ranked in the Top 14, a prerequisite for BCS inclusion (for non-conference winners).