at least it's not just us?
So, I would like to start off by saying that the stadium renovations look magnificent. Having seen them for the first time for the UConn game, they truly bring a majestic and powerful addition to an already impressive structure. However, with the likely addition of HD scoreboards and the soon-to-be addition of permanent lighting, I asked myself, "Crisler arena has banners, Yost has banners, where would the listings of our National Championship years go? What about Big Ten title years? Heisman winners? Etc."
This made me think that it could be a nice addition to the plain, solid navy boxes to have maize text across the top or bottom of the structure listing our title years, or even an iconic saying such as "Welcome to the Big House" or something similar to having "Michigan" above the old press box. I think it could spruce up the boxes and be the final touch for the best stadium in the country. I'm sure our football team would enjoy, and be proud of, having the program's accomplishments on display just as our basketball and hockey players do. Thoughts?
EDIT: Ok, to make myself more clear, I'm not talking about bringing back the halo, I don't want banners, or any large, gaudy signs. I'm saying that perhaps we can honor our past players and teams that brought greatness to Michigan Football in a way that many stadiums do around the country. I understand that the words "change" and "Michigan Stadium" do not sit well with a lot of people, but I figured that if Dave Brandon is pushing Michigan Stadium into the 21st century, that something like this could be accommodated, and probably more now than if we waited for 10 years. After all, once we got rid of the old press box, does it even say "Michigan" anywhere inside the stadium, aside from the OLD scoreboards?
DOUBLE EDIT: So after hearing about the other "memorials" to past teams in other concourses, I had to use the Google machine for pictures. I like what they did there, and I didn't get a chance to see it as the tunnel to my seats were directly in front of the gate I entered. I think that is classy and done well. Therefore, I now rescind my opinion on the matter, though I still thought it was A LOT of blue on those things.
ANN ARBOR – The University of Michigan Board of Regents approved today (Sept. 16) the request for permanent lighting at Michigan Stadium. The athletic department will have the lights installed prior to the playing of the Big Chill at the Big House, an outdoor hockey game between Michigan and Michigan State, on Saturday, Dec. 11, 2010.
“The addition of permanent lights will improve the quality of viewing experience for our fans,” said Athletic Director Dave Brandon. “We take great pride in having the best game day experience in college football and this will further enhance that position.
“Short term there will be a cost savings on the rental fee associated with bringing in lights for the Big Chill and long-term it eliminates the need for lights to be brought in every time we play a 3:30 p.m. football game,” added Brandon.
The permanent lights will allow the Michigan Athletic Department to have the lights already in place for 3:30 p.m. games. It will eliminate the need for shutting down lanes of traffic on Main Street to utilize rented cranes to hoist lights unto the facility and gets rid of the generator along the concourse, thus improving the foot traffic and parking issues in and around the stadium.
In addition, the lights will allow the football team to practice at the Big House in the late afternoons and early evenings during the months of October and November. They can also practice at the venue in preparation for road night games.
The total cost of the project is $1.8 million. Funding will be provided from Athletic Department resources.
Michigan will play its first-ever night game at the Big House against Notre Dame on Sept. 10, 2011. The Wolverines have never played a prime-time game at home in the history of the program. All 33 previous night games have been played on the road or at a neutral site.
I saw this article on annarbor.com and thought I would pass it on to you. John Pollack was a founder of the Save the Big House and they interviewed him to see what he has to say now that it was done.
Then the next part of the article is about Brock Mealer and I didn't realize he is currently enrolled at Ohio State for a graduate degree but he had a great quote
"I figure if I can get two degrees from Ohio State, it might be close to Elliott’s undergraduate degree"
And the last part was comparing Denard to Pat White.
Anyway here is the link, enjoy:
At the risk of getting this thread pulled because it's a repeat, here are the highlights from Bruce Madej's Pregame Chat conducted Saturday afternoon just before the rededication ceremony. Madej actually provided some substantive answers to a handful of questions. Here's hoping they do this again sometime this season. While I posted this as it happened, many were at the game or watching it on TV without the benefit of MGoBlog in real time.
The four Q&A I selected from the chat: 1) This one is mine and its about Michigan Stadium, Crisler Arena and Yost Ice Arena scoreboards. 2) Will old Michigan Replays ever find their way to the BTN or another outlet? 3) Whether or not they plan on naming the press box after Bob Ufer. 4) Did Bruce ever discuss Big Ten expansion with Bo Schembechler?
|2:00||[Comment From MGoShoe:]||Congratulations on the completion of the renovation project and today's outstanding rededication program. AD Brandon indicated earlier this year that replacement scoreboards could be in place as early as 2011 and IU has installed six HD scoreboards at various venues this year. Do you expect the Big House to have state of the art Megatrons (like FedEx Field's new boards) in 2011? How about Yost and Crisler?|
|2:02||Bruce Madej:||2011 is not necessarily a done deal. The scoreboards have to be changed out and Brandon knows this. He also knows that if we are going to change the boards at Michigan Stadium we have to change the boards at Crisler Arena at the same time since the production studio handles both. As for YOST, that is in the process too and I would 'guess' we will see a new board within two years--if not next year at YOST. Hopefully, the boards in Crisler and Mich Stadium will be put up at the same time.|
|2:03||[Comment From CFTV]||[Are] there any plans to do anything with old episodes of Michigan Replay from the Bo/Mo/Carr era? IE: Host them on a UofM Website or air them on the Big 10 Network. Those shows are priceless and I would love to watch those old highlights. GO BLUE!!!!|
|2:05||Bruce Madej:||Old Michigan Replay episodes were run on Channel 22 on COMCAST in AA a few years ago. Right now, we are currently converting much of our archived material with the Big Ten Network. I think more discussion with the BTN will help tring to fnd a home with the old Michigan Replays.|
|2:23||[Comment From Jeremy:]||Are there any plans to name the press box after the late Bob Ufer?|
|2:24||Bruce Madej:||No plans. There was a plaque for Bob that we are trying to get placed back in the press box.|
|2:25||[Comment From Devion:]||Bruce, did you ever have discussions with Bo about expansion to 12+ teams and if so, what were his thoughts? Was he seeing the game evolve that way into mega conferences or did he like the Big Ten as it was?|
|2:27||Bruce Madej:||Bo was traditionalist--period. He wanted all games to start at 1 pm and he was not excited to see Penn State join the league---despite the fact he loved Joe Paterno. But Bo was a realist. We talked about 'super conferences' back then and he knew it was going to happen. I would love to be able to talk to Bo about the latest activities, but talking to Bo about anything was so much fun. I really, really miss the old coach.|
Has anyone seen or have access to any photos from of the stadium yesterday?
I would love to see an overhead shot or a wide shot of the 113,000.