Over the past several days, Facebook and Instagram have proven that most of my friends already received their 2013 football seasons tickets. I have anxiously been awaiting mine. After waking up from one of my painkiller induced naps, my mom informed me that an envelope from Ann Arbor had come for me.
Needless to say, I was pretty excited. Ripping open the package, I saw my seven shiny football tickets. I think I liked how last year's looked a bit better, but yay football tickets!
There are definitely a lot of big games on the schedule for this year, including Notre Dame and Ohio State. I'm looking forward to seeing the Wolverines taken the Buckeyes and Fighting Irish down!
The seating arrangements this year are pretty stressful and complicated though. After much protesting and even a petition that gathered 3.5k signatures, the seating arrangements were still changed from assigned (and based on class standing) to general admission. This means that the whole process takes several complex steps as depicted in the pretty pictures of the football guidebook.
As can be seen, students must first pass through the "Student Queue" labeled in yellow, then hang out for a bit in the tri-colored "Student Queuing Area" before being allowed to pass through Gate 10's "Student Chutes". But wait, there's more. Only the students who arrive early enough will be able to get the special wristbands that will allow you to sit in the H, O, K or E sections that were previously reserved for upperclassmen.
I do think that there is something to be said about arriving early to football games. But these wristbands are for those individuals who arrive three hours early. As I live about three blocks from Michigan Stadium this year, I have no intention of arriving that early to games.
I feel that instating such procedures also takes away privileges that seniors had been waiting for, for years. It was something that I had been looking forward to as a senior one day. Additionally, these policies make students decide between tailgating and arriving early for good seats will no doubt cause tensions and frustrations between upper and lowerclassmen. Don't mess with the upperclassmen. Only time will tell, but I don't think the outcome is going to be the greatest.