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January 2013

The Wolverine: Covering University of Michigan Football and Sports

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  inside michigan athletics Michigan Puts Out 2013-14 Preferred Seat Donation Plan The $65 price on a Michigan football season ticket remains unchanged for the coming year, but that doesn't mean the cost of attending games remains the same. In fact, prices for football, basketball and hockey are on the rise, via the Michigan athletic department's announcement regarding the 201314 Preferred Seat Donation plan for its three major revenue sports. No seats inside Michigan Stadium will be exempt for the donation plan beginning in 2013, like some end zone locations have been since U-M initiated the program in 2005. The various section prices per seat in 2013 are as follows: Victors ($600), Valiant ($475), Maize ($350), Blue ($200) and End Zone ($75). Michigan's athletic department, in the announcement of the changes, indicated that "thousands of season ticket holders in the end zone are already paying a Preferred Seat Donation, and this change will reflect that all seats in the end zone will now be subject to a PSD." There is a phase-in for those who held end zone season tickets prior to the 2005 campaign. They'll pay $37.50 per seat in 2013 and $75 in 2014. Michigan basketball fans will also see the complete preferred seat donation in place for the 2013-14 season, for those in the Club, Victors, Valiant and Blue tiers at Crisler Center. The newly renovated Yost Ice Area also offers premium seating, with its upper club level, 14 Champions Boxes on the west side and Ice Level Seating in three of Yost's four rink corners. Bleacher seating at Yost still carries no PSD. Those looking to transfer their season seats to someone else can also do so in the coming days, for a one-time donation of $500 per ticket. Anyone interested in doing so can go to and click on "Ticket Transfer" to download the necessary form. They can also obtain a copy at the Michigan ticket office at 1100 South State Street. The deadline for the PSD donations for football, basketball and hockey is Feb. 15. Those making their PSD payments online in their ticket account can earn two bonus priority points in Michigan's system by pursuing this method. A portion of the funds generated through the PSDs will go toward renovating Schembechler Hall, as well as helping begin a $250-million project to renovate Michigan's Olympic sports facilities over the next five to seven years.   Sitting Down With Men's Tennis Senior Evan King As a member of Team USA, Michigan senior Evan King traveled to Aix-En-Provence, France, to compete in the 2012 Master'U BNP Paribas Championship. Team USA beat Germany 5-2 in the championship match Dec. 9. The Wolverine: What was the experience like over there? King: "It was really cool, such a great time. And some of guys I went over there with I have known for a long time, so getting to experience it with some good friends was fun, too. I'm really happy I got a chance to do it." The Wolverine: How did it help your game? King: "It is always good to play meaningful matches, competing for King helped Team USA beat Ger something that is bigger than your- many 5-2 in the final match of the 2012 Master'U BNP Paribas self. It was a really cool experience." Championship. photo courtesy michigan athletic media relations The Wolverine: From a competition perspective, what was your biggest takeaway? King: "The biggest thing that I saw there was that I just need to play aggressive. That's when I'm at my best, when I can play with no regrets. Don't wait on your opponents, just take it." The Wolverine: You want to continue in professional tennis — did this help, getting to see different styles? King: "College tennis right now is pretty international. We'll see a lot of German, French players. But there is difference going to European styles, and we obviously saw a lot of it. Instead of just trying to put power behind the ball, they use more angles and touch. "I think this experience definitely helped me for the future, though. When you try to be a professional tennis player, you're going to be travelling around a lot, getting your body used to different foods, time changes, climate changes. And then competing just a few days later. It's a lot you have to adjust to, and I got a little bit of that experience there." The Wolverine: Will this help the Michigan program? King: "Potentially it's a recruiting tool. Recruits can see that, and be excited about the program. They know what I do, and they can come here and compete with really great tennis players. It's a good thing for recruiting. They can use that to gain some momentum." The Wolverine: What's your plan for the future? King: "I'm going to graduate this year, and then right after that, I'm going professional. I will play a bunch of tournaments in the U.S., to try and get my ranking up, and then we'll go from there." The Wolverine: You've got one year left in Ann Arbor — what are your goals for that? King: "As a team, we would love to get a Big Ten championship. That's what we work for every year. We have potential. We have a lot of good talent — but we have a lot of work to do. "Individually, I want to improve as much as I can and try to get myself ready to be a professional." — Andy Reid January 2013    the wolverine  13

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