Jan. 18, 2012
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan Athletic Ticket Office will begin taking orders for tickets to the 2012 football season opener against defending national champion Alabama over the course of the next month. The Cowboys Classic against the Crimson Tide will be played on Saturday, Sept. 1, 2012 at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
"This is an exciting way to kick off the 2012 football season," said Dave Brandon, the Donald R. Shepherd Director of Athletics. "There has been strong interest from our fans in this game and demand will likely further increase since Alabama won the national championship last week. Everywhere I go people ask me about the availability of tickets to this game so I anticipate a large Michigan contingent will be attending this historic game between two of college football's most tradition-laden programs."
Michigan will use a phased approach for ordering tickets to the game based on priority points earned from donors and season ticket holders' overall investment in Michigan Athletics. The Victors Club will contact donors via email regarding their eligible date to purchase tickets.
Football lettermen will be eligible to order tickets starting Jan. 30.
Season ticket holders that have not made an annual contribution to The Victors Club will have an opportunity to purchase tickets starting Feb. 9.
Michigan student season ticket holders will be able to purchase a ticket as part of the regular away game process in April. There is a limit of one (1) ticket per student, and student tickets will be limited.
U-M will put any remaining/available tickets on sale to the general public on Feb. 29.
Ticket prices range from $125-$285. Fans can purchase tickets online at www.MGoBlue.com/tickets or by calling the ticket office at 866-296-MTIX or 734-764-0247.
This will be the fourth time that Michigan faces Alabama in school history and the first contest played during the regular season by the two programs. All three previous games between the Wolverines and Crimson Tide were played in bowl games. Michigan defeated Alabama by a 28-24 score in the initial meeting, the 1988 Hall of Fame Bowl held in Tampa Stadium. The Crimson Tide got the better of the Wolverines in the second meeting in Tampa, winning a closely contested 17-14 game in the 1997 Outback Bowl.
The most recent match-up between the two schools is arguably the most exciting bowl game in Michigan history. The eighth-ranked Wolverines edged the fifth-ranked Crimson Tide, 35-34 in overtime, to claim the 2000 Orange Bowl title. Tom Brady completed 34-of-46 passes for 369 yards and four touchdowns in the winning effort. After Brady tossed a 25-yard TD pass to tight end Shawn Thompson and Hayden Epstein kicked the PAT in the first overtime session, Alabama scored but was unable to convert the PAT. It was the first overtime game in U-M school history.
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