ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Exactly six months from Thursday, Michigan will open its 2017 season against Florida at one of the NFL’s glitziest stadiums.
And while there’s seemingly plenty of time between now and the start of the 2017 season, it isn’t too early to start buying tickets for the Sept. 2 AdvoCare Classic game between the Wolverines and Gators at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
To promote the season opener for the football team in the AdvoCare Classic, Michigan made a simple announcement on its Twitter account earlier this week:
Get your tickets for Michigan vs. Florida yet? We’re running low!
— Michigan Football (@UMichFootball) February 28, 2017
A week after a pre-sale to members of its priority points program for donors, alumni, letter winners and season-ticket holders, Michigan opened its single-ticket sales to the public for the season opener on Monday. As of Thursday afternoon, a count of less than 500 single tickets remained for purchase through Michigan’s online sales portal for the rematch of the New Year’s Day 2016 Citrus Bowl.
A Michigan spokesman told Land of 10 this week that while the athletic department didn’t have updated numbers on ticket sales, Michigan sold 1,000 tickets in the first 30 minutes of its sale to the public on Monday.
Per the game contract, obtained by Land of 10 through a Freedom of Information Act request, Michigan received a minimum allotment of 25,000 tickets to be sold for an event in a facility that is smaller than Michigan Stadium. AT&T Stadium holds a capacity of 80,000 for football, while Michigan Stadium holds a capacity of 107,601 for football.
Florida’s athletic department did not respond to a request for comment regarding ticket sales for the season opener, but as of Thursday, according to Florida’s website, the school is only selling tickets to the AdvoCare Classic — also its season opener — to its season-ticket holders.
Of course, tickets are also available for the game on the secondary market. As of Thursday afternoon, VividSeats.com listed nearly 5,500 tickets — at a starting price of $112 for a single ticket in the upper corner of AT&T Stadium.
AT&T Stadium has hosted games on the opening weekend of college football since 2009, a kickoff event originally known as the Cowboys Classic and changed to the AdvoCare Classic in 2015.
Alabama’s 41-14 win against Michigan in September of 2012 set a single-game attendance record of 90,143 for a college football game at AT&T Stadium (previously known as Cowboys Stadium).
Annual attendance at the Cowboys Classic/AdvoCare Classic
|2009||BYU 14, Oklahoma 13||75,437|
|2010||TCU 30, Oregon State 21||46,138|
|2011||LSU 40, Oregon 27||87,711|
|2012||Alabama 41, Michigan 14||90,413|
|2013||LSU 37, TCU 27||80,230|
|2014||Florida State 37, Oklahoma State 31||61,521|
|2015||Alabama 35, Wisconsin 17||64,279|
|2016||Alabama 52, USC 6||81,359|