is there such a thing as an etsy genuis? if so, this is it.
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:
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.
It is game week and I am jacked up. However, with the rededication taking place Saturday, I have some questions on times. Ever since my dad started taking me to games back in 1994, every opening weekend, we would go watch the drumline at Revelli Hall. As a student, I have continued this for the first game every year to watch the drumline. They usually come out about an hour and a half before kickoff. So my question is, with the festivities being held before the game, what time will the drumline be playing? Also, what time will the rededication start? I want to make sure I am in the stadium to see it all. Is the schedule online somewhere?
The first 25,000 fans get commemerative bottles and everyone else gets regular ones. I think this is a fantastic response by the athletic department to help alleviate some of the fears folks have.