19801908 Penn-Michigan game kicked off at 2pm – via ticketmuseum.com

A couple readers reacted to my recent post featuring the 1969 pocket schedule, here’s one:

Interesting that the home games started at 1:30 p.m. in 1969 and not at noon.

I remember Carr (I think it was him) at Bo’s eulogy/celebration saying that Bo wanted all games to start at Noon. (Something about toe meeting leather at noon . . . .)

This prompted an email from Michigan football memorabilia collector Jack Briegel, the man who owns a ticket stub to each game played at Michigan Stadium.

Jack walked through his collection, some pre-dating the Big House, and picked off the start time listed on the ticket and relayed it below.  I added a couple additions via the stubs on display at ticketmuseum.com.  These are just home games:

Ferry Field era:

Michigan Stadium era:

  • 1927 OHIO WESLEYAN 1:00, MSC 2:00, OSU 2:00, NAVY 1:30, MINNESOTA 1:30.
  • 1928 AND 1929 ALL AT 2:30
  • 1930 AND 1931 OPENED WITH A DOUBLE HEADER AT 1:30 THE REST AT 2:00
  • 1932 THRU 1941 2:00
  • 1942 AND 1943 3:00
  • 1944 THRU 1952 2:00
  • 1953 2:00 EXCEPT NOV. 21 OSU AT 1:30
  • 1954 2:00 EXCEPT 2 NOV. GAMES AT 1:30
  • 1955 THRU 1958 NO TIME ON THE STUB. IT MAY HAVE BEEN ON TEAR OFF PART.  (Confirmed – There are a few whole tickets on ticketmuseum.com during this span with 1:30 start times).
  • 1959 UNTIL 1975 1:30
  • 1976 1:30 EXCEPT LAST GAME NOV. 13 AT 1:00
  • 1977 1:30 EXCEPT LAST 2 NOV. GAMES AT 1:00
  • 1978 1:30 EXCEPT LAST NOV. GAME 1:00
  • 1979 1:00 EXCEPT NOTRE DAME AT 3:00
  • 1980 THRU 1984 1:00
  • THEN THE FUN STARTS AS TELEVISION STARTS TO RULE. TBA , 1:00, 3:30 AND EVEN A 12:15 AND MORE TBA’S THROUGH MID 90’S.   AFTER THAT, NO TIME IS LISTED ON THE TICKETS.
  • I REMEMBER THE KICK OFF TIME FOR THE LAST DECADE OR TWO BEING ANYWHERE FROM NOON TO 8:00.  I THINK FROM HERE FORWARD, TELEVISION NETWORKS WILL SET KICK OFF TIMES. 

Great stuff from Jack – thanks for sending it over.  We might need someone like John Kryk to help us out with the pre-1908 times!

1 Comment

  1. Very interesting. Many thanks to Jack and Greg for the information.