Hoke was top notch at this aspect of his job.
Google, of all companies, should be trustworthy to make U of M look great, right? Well, I'm sure this wasn't intentional, but they better get it cleaned up, quick!
I decided to check Google Maps to see if they had updated their satellite photos of Ann Arbor yet to include the stadium additions. They did, but the photos were taken when the field was stripped off! It's bare concrete. it looks terrible!
C'mon, Google! Wait for a new photo on the next satellite flyby. Edit the old field back in there. Something! Now Michigan stadium is gonna look like a construction zone for the next 5 years! They did it the last time, too! The last photo was up forever, when they had a section of seats all torn out to get a crane in there.
When the University of Michigan football season opens on Sept. 4 against Connecticut, Michigan Stadium will once again reclaim the title of the largest stadium in the United States for college and/or professional football. The seating capacity will be 109,901 for 2010 when the historic home of Wolverine football will have the bulk of the renovations completed.
“The stadium structures on the east and west side will be complete and all new premium seats will be on line,” said Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Dave Brandon. “We are very excited to have the club seats and suites completed for the upcoming season and we continue to get great reaction from fans who tour those seating areas.”
Certain sections will be adjusted for the 2010 season as aisles and seats are widened on the east side of the stadium. Similar modifications inside the seating bowl will be phased in over the next few seasons. Hand rails will also be added in the aisle ways.
“The upper concourses on the east and west sidelines should also make a huge improvement to circulation, and we are happy to add the new restrooms and concessions in those areas,” added Brandon.
EA Sports has updated their Teambuilder website which means they have released the base rosters for NCAA 11. Also you can check out a screenshot of Michigan Stadium with the renovations if you go to the stadium selection screen when making a team. To see the Michigan player ratings when creating a team go to roster then select template Michigan.
Check it out at easports.com/teambuilder
Some Notable Ratings:
Tate: 86 OVR, 85 SPD, 88 THP, 85 THA, 32 Elusiveness (WTF?)
Denard: 81 OVR, 92 SPD, 90 THP, 77 THA
Devin Gardner: 76 OVR, 90 SPD, 94 THP, 76 THA
There is a 4th QB listed #14 and Freshman, I assume its Conelius Jones, 66 OVR
Mike Shaw/VIncent Smith: 85 OVR
Martavious Odoms: 85 OVR
Roundtree: 86 OVR
Stonum: 84 OVR
Hemingway: 85 OVR
David Molk: 96 OVR!
Ryan Van Bergen: 86
Craig Roh: 91 OVR! (listed as a DE)
Mike Martin: 90 OVR
Renaldo Sagesse: 87 (a bit high?) OVR
Big Will: 85 OVR
Obi Ezeh: 81 OVR (down from 88 last year)
Mouton: 81 OVR (down from last year as well)
JT Turner: 78 OVR
Woolfolk: 84 OVR
JT Floyd: 81 OVR
Freshman CB #4 (has same measureables as Demar Dorsey, I guess they didn't take him out of the game): 74 OVR, 96 SPD
Cullen Christian (CB #24 I assume): 75 OVR
Vlad Emilien: 84 OVR
Will Hagerup: 81 OVR
No sign of Cam Gordon anywhere.
It seems EA has our safties as Vlad, Mike Williams, Thomas Gordon, Jared Van Slyke (#31), Jordan Kovacs (80 OVR), and Teric Jones
Overall, I think the ratings are pretty fair. Some players are probably overrated (Sagesse, Emilien) and some are just off (Tate 32 elusiveness?). I am disappointed that Cam Gordon isn't in the game, I'll have to edit him in once I get it.
So I'm going to be in Ann Arbor in the next couple of weeks, and my dad and I were hoping to be able to see the stadium, especially the renovations, since we haven't been there in a couple of years.
Is there some kind of tour we can take of the stadium, or is it generally open to the public for wandering around? Barring either of those options, do they show it to you on a campus tour (because we're totally willing to sell out the 16-year-old traveling with us in order to get in)?
Google recently incorporated Google Earth into their online maps. I did a flyover to check out the satellite view of the renovation progress. Little did I know that Google Earth can also see into the future. The completed stadium is shown (must be a UM grad working in the Earth dept). Pretty cool to see how the stadium will look like from different angles. Too bad they don't show Denard owning some people on the field...then again, he probably moves too fast for satellites.
Here is a list of all the items at Michigan Stadium that you can donate towards for a naming 'opportunity'. I'd be all over it if for $500 I could claim a urinal. I'd insist that the placard was posted in the urinal bowl.
What would you want to claim if possible?
Maybe the Mgoblog community should pool money together to get rights over one of these items. It would be sweet to have the Mgoblog Clock/Scoreboard