Fans all across Ann Arbor will be making a beeline for the Big House this Saturday, but it won't just be to watch the Michigan Wolverines take on the Akron Zips. More so, it will be to get their hands on a warm, glazed donut.
Yep, you heard that right.
Making good on his preseason promise, Michigan head coach Brady Hoke will be giving out donuts to the first 5,000 students who show up for this weekend’s noon contest. The donuts will be courtesy of Tim Horton’s.
Hoke made the announcement on Detroit’s 97.1 FM on Thursday (via Lostlettermen.com):
[The donuts] will go out to those who get there early. It’s an early game, it’s a donut game. We call them glazed donut games. Tim Horton’s is helping us out out, we’ve got 5,000 donuts.
Many believe the pledge came in response to the controversy surrounding the new ticket policies the school unveiled back in April.
Under the new plan, 2013 season tickets went up to $280 for seven games. That’s an 18.8 percent increase from the $227.50 they were last year.
But the biggest outcry comes from the change in the seating layout.
For quite some time, students were assigned specific seats at Michigan Stadium. Those who had held season tickets longer were rewarded with seats closer to the field.
This year, the seating will be on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Hoke and Michigan are banking on the fact that everybody appreciates a good ol’ donut. But is the ring-shaped dessert enough consolation for those juniors and seniors who feel jipped by the new policies?
Only time will tell.