How much would you pay to play a football game at The Big House? Paramus Catholic (New Jersey) High School is willing to pony up a total of $10,345 for the privilege of playing at Michigan Stadium. The game is set to take place on September 2, 2016. Paramus Catholic’s opponent will be St. Francis Academy (Maryland).
MLive.com has obtained the details of the deal through the Freedom Of Information Act. The field usage fee is $2,300 and the remainder of the cost consists of charges for cleaning, facility staff, and parking attendants. There is no word yet as to whether the two high schools will be splitting the rental and facility costs.
The news is rather relevant due to the fact that the Wolverines landed the No. 1 overall recruit from the class of 2016 Rashan Gary, who is a product of Paramus Catholic. Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh also held a satellite camp at the high school and he was a commencement speaker for Paramus’ graduating class this school year.
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James Vail, the president of Paramus Catholic High School, told MLive that he was on the fence about the game at first.
“(An event like this) came up a long time ago and initially, I didn’t think it was a great idea because I wouldn’t do this if we had to miss school,” Vail said last week. “But as it evolved, and it landed on Labor Day weekend, you don’t miss school. So, for us Jersey folks, Labor Day and Memorial Day weekend are kind of sacred to spend at The Shore. But if the kids and their families want to spend their weekend at the Detroit airport and the hotel and do this and pay for it, it’s fine with me because we’re not missing any school time.
“Since the families are paying and we don’t miss any school if that’s what (the football team) wants to do (then I’m good with it).”
University of Michigan will not incur a cost for the game and also will not make a profit on the stadium rental. Furthermore, Harbaugh and his staff are not allowed to enter the game due to NCAA rules.