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UConn to add 2,000 seats for Michigan game

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You wouldn’t have to stretch very far to make the case that UConn’s Sept. 21 game against Michigan is the biggest non-conference home game in the program’s history.

Just how big?  According to the school, an additional 2,000 seats will be added to Rentschler Field to accommodate interest in the game — specifically, interest in the game on the part of Wolverine fans.  Normally, the school allocates 3,000 tickets to the visiting team; UM requested 5,000 tickets, triggering the need for temporary bleachers to be installed.

“We obviously can’t sell season tickets without the Michigan game in them,” UConn spokesman Michael Enright explained to the Associated Press. “So it would pretty much make up the difference, and allow us to sell the same number of season tickets.”

Michigan had originally requested that the game be moved from the East Hartford stadium to a bigger venue.  However, the state of Connecticut, which owns the 40,000-seat Rentschler Field, requires that the Huskies play all of its home football games there through June 30, 2023.

It would’ve cost Michigan $2 million to buy its way out of the game, so the additional seating was an amenable compromise for both sides.

This year’s game will serve as the back-end of a home-and-home series.  The Huskies traveled to the Big House in 2010, falling to the Wolverines 30-10.

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7 Responses to “UConn to add 2,000 seats for Michigan game”
  1. alligatorsnapper says: Mar 17, 2013 7:27 PM

    Obviously, UConn can use the 2K more seating, probably well more than that.

    Maybe if UConn requires purchase of a season ticket to be assured of a ticket to the Michigan game, they will sell season tickets? That is what some other schools are doing for popular games in their season schedule, but I don’t want to give UConn athletic department any ideas they don’t already have.

    What a big difference when they go to The Big House at about 110K!

  2. drummerhoff says: Mar 17, 2013 7:54 PM

    Rentschler Field, overnight stay at the Mohegan Sun Casino, and surprisingly, UConn fans know how to tailgate. I encourage fans to go see a UConn home game … Good time.

  3. dmcgrann says: Mar 17, 2013 8:29 PM

    alligatorsnapper, some years ago, UVA did exactly that when they were playing Penn State in Charlottesville – you only got a Penn State ticket if you bought UVA season tickets. UVA doubled the number of season tickets they sold, About 75% of the increase was to Penn State fans who were willing to buy UVA season tickets to go to the Penn State game.

    I was at that game. It seemed like the crowd was at least 50% Penn State fans.

  4. polegojim says: Mar 17, 2013 9:59 PM

    Yes dmc… that’s part of the deal. You get that with Michigan, Penn St, Alabama, LSU, USC… no matter where they go. Same with Red Wings, Pens, Blackhawks…

    These teams that have established perennial loyalty due to their commitment to excellence. They travel heavy.

  5. fahmundamahbalsaq says: Mar 18, 2013 6:00 AM

    Biggest home game in their history? i just realized UConn has a football program.

    Rumor has it that after the Michigan game that UConn will tear out 25,000 seats because no one gives a s**** about their football team.

  6. wustlumdnj says: Mar 18, 2013 1:34 PM

    Michigan fans in the area will have a game to see at Rutgers every other year starting in 2014

  7. takingbovadasmoney says: Mar 19, 2013 6:31 PM

    Now they have 22,000 seats, nice. Bill Martin really f¥¢ked Michigan over. Rich Rod, Tommy A maker, and this….lol

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