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Posted on Tue, Dec 6, 2011 : 3:35 p.m.

U-M's Sugar Bowl tickets: Fewer than 3,500 left

By Kellie Woodhouse

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The exterior of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, La.

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University of Michigan has fewer than 3,500 tickets left for fans who want to attend to Sugar Bowl on Jan. 3.

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The field at Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

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In two days, the school has sold more than 14,000 of its 17,500 allotted tickets.

That's about 80 percent of the university's tickets.

Some 13,000 of those tickets were sold on Monday, the first day sales opened.

Steve Lambright, director of ticket operations for the university's athletic department, says ticket sales for the Wolverines and Virginia Tech match in New Orleans are expected to remain high for the next few days.

"Typically you get your biggest push the first couple of days and then sales start to wind down after that," he said in an interview from New Orleans, where he and other athletic department officials were checking out team practice facilities and team hotels and meeting with the Sugar Bowl committee for the first time.

Student tickets are $97 apiece, but prices go all way to $185 a ticket.

"The most expensive ticket was $185, but we didn’t get a lot of those," Lambright said. "That price level is sold out."

Student tickets are still available.

A few non-University of Michigan tickets to the bowl, held at the New Orleans Superdome, are available. The stadium's capacity is about 76,000.

On StubHub, the lowest price ticket for the Sugar Bowl is listed at $120 (consistent with the lowest price of tickets sold on the Sugar Bowl website). The highest price, for a luxury suite, is $19,995. After that, a few sideline tickets are listed at $2,999.

More than 5,500 tickets are available for purchase on the website.

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

Kellie Woodhouse covers higher education for Reach her at or 734-623-4602 and follow her on twitter.


Edward R Murrow's Ghost

Thu, Dec 8, 2011 : 3:28 p.m.

Got Mine!! GN&GL


Wed, Dec 7, 2011 : 7:30 p.m.

Hey Crown, the only thing that will get smoked is a victory cigar after we romp the Hokies with our leader Hoke, no joke!!!


Wed, Dec 7, 2011 : 5:23 p.m.

I'll take one Hoke over thousands of Hokies. GEAUX BLUE !!!!!


Wed, Dec 7, 2011 : 4:13 p.m.

28-14 says you Lost. Sugar Bowl says you Won Backing In is the way you Did It Hope You Get SMOKED

Edward R Murrow's Ghost

Thu, Dec 8, 2011 : 3:31 p.m.

The Sparty Battle Cry: Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah GN&GL


Wed, Dec 7, 2011 : 8:02 a.m.

Great. Tickets are selling well. My daughter is a UM student who along with other student friends bought tickets and have no way to get to New Orleans as the commercial air fares are outrageous and there are very few seats left anyway. Is the University ot a local travel agency going to sponsor some reasoneably priced air charters out of DTW to get the students to the game. The Alimni tours are too expensive for the students and aren't set up for them anyway.

Edward R Murrow's Ghost

Thu, Dec 8, 2011 : 3:30 p.m.

Look for the airfares to nearby airports, esp. Mobile, AL, and Jackson, MS. MUCH cheaper---so much so that renting a car one is still ahead (esp. if they split the costs) GN&GL


Wed, Dec 7, 2011 : 4:14 p.m.

Alumni Association,drive,bus


Wed, Dec 7, 2011 : 2:40 p.m.

Check out flying into Baton Rouge--that's what our family is doing. Even with the cost of renting a car, it's significantly less expensive.

Lorain Steelmen

Wed, Dec 7, 2011 : 2:19 p.m.

Deon, Quit your whinning. Either fork ove the cash for YOUR kid to go, or tell her to stay home and watch on tv. its' n been that way around here, since the 60's. There's a nitch here for you to open yor own business, setting up cheap airfares for college kids, to go to games. OR...look into train fares to the game.


Wed, Dec 7, 2011 : 1:46 p.m.

I was a student in 1977. We were in the Rose Bowl against USC. One of us had a car and six of us drove from A2 to Pasadena to watch the game and then drove back. Sharing gas and a motel room made it pretty cheap. Where there's a will...


Wed, Dec 7, 2011 : 11:38 a.m.

We considered going, but airfare and the lack of family activities (that my college-aged son would enjoy) stopped us, combined with the unimpressive opponent, led us to decide not to. We went to the Capital One Bowl for Lloyd's last game and it was great, but Florida has lots of things to do. Yes, the Alumni tours are expensive, too expensive for us to consider also. If your daughter decides to cancel soon, she can likely get the ticket office to reverse the sale, IF she acts soon.


Tue, Dec 6, 2011 : 11:06 p.m.

Kellie, If each school gets 17,500 tickets and the stadium has a capacity of 76,000 then why is there such a small number of tickets available on Stubhub?


Tue, Dec 6, 2011 : 11:04 p.m.

Hey, I am just happy that Michigan State lost for the third time!!! GO BLUE!


Wed, Dec 7, 2011 : 1:27 a.m.

Amen, TC, amen!


Tue, Dec 6, 2011 : 10:44 p.m.

Yeah right Bostwick, rolled by a VT team that got rolled twice by a Clemson squad that features a QB who is akin in playing style to Denard except maybe a slower runner. Besides, our superior coaching staff will have 5 weeks to game plan for the Hokies, I have a feeling that the U-M fans will be doing the Hokey Shuffle in Narlins'. I said Clemson did it twice, well we will make it thrice, Go Blue!!!

Bostwick Pickles

Tue, Dec 6, 2011 : 10:31 p.m.

Get ready for some lobs to be intercepted. umich gonna get rolled.


Tue, Dec 6, 2011 : 9:37 p.m.

The picture above will be different on the day of the game when it shall be viewed as, "Maize - Blue Superdome". GO BLUE!