When you are a college football player at a big time, Power Five conference school, you can expect to play at least one regular season game at a neutral site. Most of the time these neutral site games are played at NFL stadiums. These games are once-in-a-lifetime experiences as some of those athletes will never make it to the NFL.
For the Michigan Wolverines, it seems as though their athletes will never get that experience again.
According to mlive.com, interim Athletic Director Jim Hackett is not a big fan of taking away a home game to play a neutral site game. The school has received multiple proposals to play neutral site games and Hackett believes it was due to the hiring of Jim Harbaugh.
“You can’t believe the people knocking on (our) door for (neutral site opportunities) right now because of Jim Harbaugh,” Hackett said this week. “And they’re not really good ideas for us.”
He believes that neutral site games aren’t good ideas because of the size of their stadium. He says that it is taking away money from people who buy season tickets to Michigan football games.
“We have the biggest stadium in the world, we have season ticket holders that say ‘why would you move a game away from us?’ ” he said. “I’m not a big fan of those.”
Michigan played at Cowboys Stadium (now AT&T Stadium) against Alabama to open the 2012 season. The Wolverines currently have a 2017 game in the same stadium scheduled against Florida. As of right now, the team does not and will not have any more neutral site games besides the Florida game scheduled in the future.
Michigan opens the season on the road against Utah on September 5.
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