In recent years, Michigan students settled into a pattern of arriving to their seats for football games, leading to empty rows well after opening kickoffs. Michigan's athletic department took note and announced new football ticket policies Tuesday, including the introduction of general admission seating for students:
New this season is that all student seating will be GENERAL ADMISSION. This change in policy from reserved seating was put in place as the student section is the driving force behind our home field advantage and we need students to get there early and often to create a loud and full student section for kickoff.
Next up on the athletic department's agenda: Mandatory key checking stations to ensure the Big House's most potent weapon, rabid key rattling, continues to be a deterrent for opponents facing third-and-long situations.