this may be of some local interest
Sad news per Carl Grapentine's Facebook. Howard King passed away this morning in Traverse City at age 83. He was the Michigan Stadium PA announcer from 1972 to 2005.
Edit: Since there seems to be some confusion, Mr. King was never the Michigan Marching Band announcer. That has been Carl Grapentine since 1970, and Carl also took on the PA duties in 2006 after Howard King retired.
There's a post on the board suggesting that Michigan rebuild the endzone stands of Michigan Stadium. It specifically identifies stadiums at schools like LSU, Texas A&M, Penn State, and Alabama as examples to emulate.
Now, I've been to LSU for a night game. The stadium was great and the fans are great. But we are not LSU.
I've been to Texas A&M for a game. The stadium was great and the fans are great. But we are not Texas A&M.
I've been to Tennessee for a game (two, actually). The stadium was great and the fans are great. But we are not Tennessee.
I've been to Michigan Stadium for countless games. The stadium is great and the fans are great. We are not Alabama or Florida or Penn State or LSU or Texas A&M; we are Michigan. Yeah, they have these daunting superstructures now that their ADs make more money than they know what to do with. They're nice places. But our place is nice too.
Michigan Stadium is built how it is because in 1927 Michigan football was a big deal. From 1928 onward it held 85,000 fans at a time when most people in the South were farmers and they were watching football in stadiums that held 30,000 people because that's all that they needed (Michigan could draw 40,000 to Ferry Field before World War I). In the 40s Michigan had Crisler and winged helmets and the mad magicians and enough demand to bump up the capacity to almost 100,000 by 1949. In the 1960s people could remember the "olden days" at Michigan Stadium while a big game in Alabama had to be played in Birmingham because the on-campus stadium simply wasn't big. This was true of them well into the 80s.
Michigan Stadium isn't very vertical, and it only has one deck. But it exists that way because of history. There are season ticket holders who remember the dark days before Bo that have walked down those stairs in that single bowl for decades. There have been some expansions and some modifications, but it is still recognizably the same place that Harmon played in, that Chappuis played in, that Dierdorf played in, and that Woodson played in.
And we have our own traditions. Our own incredible fanbase. Our own greatness. Remember after UTL I when the fans didn't leave for over an hour? The Gameday guys doing postgame were openly in awe. Remember how loud it got in '97 against OSU, or in '04 against MSU? It was incredible.
Yeah, physically it doesn't reflect the sound as much as something that just had an endzone upper deck added on in the last decade, but that's not what Michigan Stadium is. Michigan Stadium is a wonderful, unique stadium that is special in its own right. Occasionally too quiet? Make it loud with our own voices.
But rejoice in what it is. Treasure what it is.
Don't get distracted by what it is not.
A nice piece from The Players' Tribune focusing on the people that make game day come together.
Trigger Warning: There is a photo of a M / OSU couple in the article.
I noticed that the goalposts are a bright greenish yellow this year, as opposed to the white uppers and black (or was it dark blue?) curved base in years past.
I walk past the practice field en route to the Stadium and I noticed that the outdoor field's goalposts are that same bright greenish yellow. I've looked at a few old pictures and it seems like MSU's have been this color for several years.
"The University of Michigan has added selfie sticks and drones to the list of items not allowed in Michigan Stadium this season. U of M officials say selfie sticks will be banned in the category of tripods and flagpoles."
Source: clickondetroit.com 8/12/2015
Selfie Stick for those wondering what they are:
Following several seating adjustments, Michigan Stadium's ticketed seating capacity has been slightly reduced.
The iconic 88-year-old Michigan Stadium remains college football's largest venue, but increasing its accessibility and configuration adjustments for major non-football events led to a decrease in the total number of seats by just over 2,000 to create the new official capacity of 107,601.