WMU to raise $2.8M for recently added football games against SEC foes Big Ten

KALAMAZOO, MI – Western Michigan University will receive nearly $3 million for future road football games against Tennessee and Iowa.

Through a Freedom of Information Act request, MLive obtained contract details for the two games, revealing a $1.2 million payment for WMU’s trip to Tennessee on September 19, 2026 and a $1.6 million payment for the Broncos’ visit to Iowa on September 16, 2028.

“We are thrilled to add a historic SEC program as well as a Big Ten opponent with one of the most exciting game-day atmospheres in the country to our football schedule,” WMU athletic director Dan Bartholomae said in a statement. press release when the university announced the games. the 26 August. “We look forward to giving our student-athletes the opportunity to compete on a national stage against these two historic programs.”

The WMU athletic department will receive 500 complimentary tickets to the Tennessee game and an additional 1,500 will be available for purchase at face value. If the Bronco Marching Band made the trip to Knoxville, its members would count against the 500 complimentary tickets.

There will be no courtesy tickets available to WMU for the Iowa game, but the university will be allocated 3,000 that you can purchase at face value. The University of Iowa will also not be able to host the Bronco Marching Band, according to the contract.

WMU has never played Tennessee, but has faced Iowa three times and has a 2-1 series lead, with the Broncos winning in 2000 (27-21) and 2007 (28-19), while the Hawkeyes they won, 59-3, in 2013. All three contests were played at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City.

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Those are the only WMU non-conference games announced for the 2026 and 2028 seasons, but it wouldn’t be surprising to see the Broncos add another Power Five road game each year, if upcoming non-conference schedules are any indication.

The Broncos visit three Power Five opponents in 2023, two in 2024 and two in 2025.

In other scheduling notes, WMU’s next contest against Wisconsin, previously scheduled for 2026, has been moved to week 1 of the 2024 season. The university will raise $1.5 million for the trip to Madison, Wisc.

Here’s a look at WMU’s non-conference schedules from 2023 to 2028.

2023: Thursday, August 31 vs. st francis | Saturday, September 9, in Syracuse | Saturday, September 16, in Iowa | Saturday, October 7, in the state of Mississippi

2024: Saturday, August 31, in Wisconsin | Saturday, September 7, against Stony Brook | Saturday, September 14, at Marshall | Saturday, September 21, at Ohio State

2025: Saturday, August 30, at Michigan State | Saturday September 6 against Marshall | Saturday, September 13, vs. Rhode Island | Saturday, September 20, in Illinois

2026: Saturday, September 19 in Tennessee

2028: Saturday, September 16 in Iowa

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