Michigan Confirms Big House Won't Be Full This Fall

And it could very well be empty. 

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July 15, 2020 - 11:47 am

Whether or not there's a college football season this fall, the Big House won't be full. 

Michigan athletics announced Wednesday that games at Michigan Stadium -- if there are any -- will either be held at reduced capacity or without fans altogether. 

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"We have been working closely with a wide variety of leaders to ensure a safe and healthy environment for our student-athletes, coaches, fans and support staff associated with a game at Michigan Stadium," said athletic director Warde Manuel. "We will follow the direction that all of these agencies and experts continue to provide during this challenging time." 

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The university will make a final decision at a later date. 

Jim Harbaugh said this offseason that he'd have no issue playing without fans -- and that his players feel the same way. 

"Heck yeah I’d be comfortable coaching a game without any fans. If the choice were, play in front of no fans or not play (at all), then I would choose to play in front of no fans. And darn near every guy I’ve talked to on our team, that’s the way they feel about it," he said. 

The Big Ten has already committed to a conference-only schedule, so Michigan's first home game doesn't come until Sept. 26 against Wisconsin. The Wolverines are also slated to host Penn State Oct. 3, Purdue Oct. 24, Maryland Nov. 7 and Indiana Nov. 21. 

As a result of the stadium decision, Michigan also announced that no season tickets will be sold this year. And individual ticket sales will be limited to season ticket holders and students.

A complete list of the policies is below, from the Michigan athletics website

  • There will be no football season tickets. Status as a season ticket holder remains unchanged, and season ticket locations will be retained for the 2021 season.
  • If U-M is able to have fans at Michigan Stadium, all home games will be sold on an individual game basis, with sales limited to current season ticket holders and students. There will be no ticket sales to the general public.
  • For season ticket holders who elected to adjust their season ticket location/quantity during the June upgrade period, that new location/quantity will be retained for the 2021 season.
  • Details regarding a potential individual game sale will be communicated once a decision on playing with or without fans is finalized.
  • In the event that Michigan is able to have fans at any sporting event this season, all forms of ticketing will move to a mobile platform.