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Michigan Stadium rakes in $2.55 million from soccer clash

Already home to the largest crowd to ever witness a college football game, Michigan Stadium added a few more titles to its prodigious in 2014: highest-attended hockey game in U.S. history, and highest-attended soccer game in U.S. history.

It got paid quite well to do so.

According to a report from the Detroit News, Michigan was paid $2 million by promoted Relevant Sports to lease the Big House for the Aug. 2 match between European soccer superpowers Manchester United and Real Madrid. The Wolverines were also paid $550,000 for making the stadium available for practice the day prior to the match.

Manchester United won the game 3-1, thereby clinching a spot in the International Cup Final, before a crowd of 109,318.

Michigan was also received a $5 million check for hosting the NHL’s Winter Classic on New Year’s Day, where 105,491 showed up to see the Toronto Maple Leafs defeat the Detroit Red Wings. The college football attendance record was set when 115,109 spectators watched Michigan topple Notre Dame on Sept. 7, 2013.

Athletics director Dave Brandon told the Detroit News he’d be interested in renting out the Big House – provided the right event comes along. “It would be good to have a big event once a year or every other year and stage a big event in the stadium, as long as it’s a big event,” Brandon told the paper. “I view these things as a wonderful opportunity to bring new people to the stadium.”

Brandon also reported the soccer game generated $25 million for the Ann Arbor economy and, assuming that figure is anywhere close to accurate, there is no reason not to do so, especially considering the Big House sits empty approximately 358 days per year.

Michigan plays seven home games in 2014, beginning with Appalachian State on Saturday (12 p.m. ET, ESPN2).

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23 Responses to “Michigan Stadium rakes in $2.55 million from soccer clash”
  1. bonnovi says: Aug 28, 2014 2:48 PM

    Footballer4ever, are you out there? I am ready to clash.

  2. brianincbus says: Aug 28, 2014 2:54 PM

    A fitting place for a soccer game, as they both suck.

  3. tigersfandan says: Aug 28, 2014 3:14 PM

    Let the Buckeye fans commence trolling and let the soccer lovers and haters battle it out. Dave Brandon is laughing all the way to the bank.

  4. barkleyblows says: Aug 28, 2014 4:31 PM

    Only fitting a crappy sport like soccer would be played in a crappy stadium like that!

    Go Blow!

  5. polegojim says: Aug 28, 2014 5:19 PM

    The Big House is a MONEY $$$ venue, period.

  6. tigers182 says: Aug 28, 2014 5:57 PM

    Too bad they’re unable to sell out their football games. Still 2000 available for Saturday. Good fans…

  7. bonnovi says: Aug 28, 2014 7:54 PM

    Footballer4ever knows that I’m right and is afraid to emerge…

  8. tigersfandan says: Aug 28, 2014 9:26 PM

    tigers182 says:
    Aug 28, 2014 5:57 PM
    Too bad they’re unable to sell out their football games. Still 2000 available for Saturday. Good fans…
    ____________________________________

    How many teams have had over 100,000 at every home game since the 1970s?

  9. florida727 says: Aug 29, 2014 10:53 AM

    The game against Appalachian State will add $53.12 to the local economy it was just reported :)

    Just kidding. Pretty amazing when you think about it from purely a business perspective. I’d never thought of it in the terms that Zach mentions… it sits EMPTY for 358 days of the year. How much did it cost to build? Including upgrades over the years? And yet it prints money for the university. Pretty amazing. No wonder they say football funds ALL other intercollegiate sports, especially at the more “big time” universities. Again, just amazing.

  10. shoehole says: Aug 29, 2014 2:29 PM

    Tigers182. Well, let’s see. Must mean they will only have 105,000 filled seats. How discouraging.

  11. polegojim says: Aug 30, 2014 9:58 AM

    @tigers182… you’re used to watching a team play in a smaller stadium… but keep reaching, maybe you’ll hit a comment of substance at some point.

  12. footballer4ever says: Sep 4, 2014 11:49 PM

    bonnovi says:

    Footballer4ever, are you out there? I am ready to clash.

    (Chuckles). Masochist, aren’t you!? :-P

  13. bonnovi says: Sep 6, 2014 9:18 PM

    OH MY GOD, YOU CAME!

    If you are not gone forever, I suggest we begin with the rampant racism found throughout soccer.

  14. bonnovi says: Sep 6, 2014 9:23 PM

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Racism_in_association_football

    Then there’s this recent incident:

    http://deadspin.com/syracuse-soccer-player-squeezes-n-word-and-f-word-into-1631515381

  15. footballer4ever says: Sep 7, 2014 1:51 PM

    She’s quite a hottie with a filthy mouth. Those are the good ones in bed :-“)

  16. bonnovi says: Sep 8, 2014 11:17 AM

    Don’t distract from (and to a degree, condone) the culture of racism, antisemitism and homophobia that persists in soccer. (particularly in Continental Europe)

    Also there’s this: http://screamer.deadspin.com/reporter-beaten-for-asking-soccer-star-if-he-ritually-s-1631882996/+billyhaisley

    The more I read about soccer the more messed up I find it.

  17. footballer4ever says: Sep 10, 2014 12:01 AM

    “The more I read about soccer the more messed up I find it. ”

    **Chuckles**

    Nice try to attempt to get a “clash” going like on the other post; Nevertheless, There is enough racism here on this side of this pond , antisemitism and homophobia with your eggball sport in which eggballers have a rap sheet of criminal mentality ( http://arrests.thesportsgeeks.com/ ) like raping women (that FSU big head) and kids (that Penn State coach) and beating on women (that not for literate eggballer) yet the powers that be try to cover the sun with a finger. ;-)

  18. footballer4ever says: Sep 11, 2014 11:09 PM

  19. footballer4ever says: Sep 12, 2014 6:09 PM

    The more i hear about eggball, the more phucked up it proves it’s should be abolishes.

    The eggballer criminal of the day, Adrian Peterson.

    Report: Adrian Peterson indicted on child abuse c…:

  20. bonnovi says: Sep 13, 2014 12:09 AM

    So, are we going to go back and forth with my pointing how soccer players and fans are horrible racists and you pointing out how football players are horrible wife/child beaters?

  21. bonnovi says: Sep 13, 2014 12:09 AM

    So, are we going to go back and forth with my pointing how soccer players and fans are horrible racists and you pointing out how football players are horrible wife/child beaters?

  22. bonnovi says: Sep 13, 2014 10:24 AM

    I’ve never double-posted in my life. Weird. I feel so ashamed…

  23. footballer4ever says: Sep 14, 2014 2:21 PM

    Shame on you! :D

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