Michigan trims season-ticket prices for '09

Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg

The economy has taken a few blindside hits lately, so it's nice to see Michigan actually lower its football season-ticket prices for 2009.

Then again, Wolverines fans deserve a break after sitting through the disaster known as the 2008 season.

Season tickets will drop an average of $3.57 per game in 2009, and student tickets are, on average, $1.43 cheaper.

"We understand some of our fans are struggling in the current economy," Michigan athletic director Bill Martin said in a statement. "It was our decision to roll back the prices instead of increasing the cost of watching Michigan football."

Michigan State recently increased football ticket prices for the first time since 2005 because of rising concerns about the athletic budget. Ohio State also will raise prices in 2009. Wisconsin is freezing its ticket prices for the coming season.

Martin said earlier this week that the expansion and renovation project for Michigan Stadium is on schedule, with the work set to be complete for the start of the 2010 season.

"The athletic department is in a strong financial position, Martin said, but he expects to see a downturn in donations from private individuals and less corporate sponsorship because of the nationwide financial crisis."