Jim Harbaugh has sparked a ton of interest in Michigan football since taking over as the program’s head coach prior to the 2015 season.
The Wolverines are coming off a 2016 campaign that saw them put up a 10-3 record and earn a trip to the Orange Bowl. It’s a renascence for what had been a long dormant program. Now heading into a season in which Michigan expects to be contending for the national title, it looks like interest in the product in Ann Arbor is at a near all-time high.
According to GoBlue.com, the program’s season ticket base for the 2017 season has climbed to 93,000. It’s a number Michigan has not seen since prior to the 2007 season.
“The athletic department ended season ticket sales just shy of 90,000 in each of the past two seasons but elected to increase that figure ahead of 2017 in response to demand,” the report read. “Michigan’s season ticket base exceeds the stadium capacity for all but eight other collegiate venues.”
Of the season tickets expected to be distributed, 72,000 will go to non-students. That includes boosters, alumns and other important figures within the program. Michigan also expects 21,000 season tickets to go to students, which would also be a 10-year high.
The Wolverines will be competing in a difficult Big 10 Conference with both Ohio State and Penn State also being seen as potential national championship contenders.
Michigan will have seven home dates during the 2017 season. Harbaugh and Co. open up against Florida and closes their regular season at home against Ohio State. They will also travel to Happy Valley to take on Penn State.