Looking for some help from my fellow M fans. I am looking to go to either the Nebraska or Ohio games this year. I have found plenty of tickets for purchase, but am unfarmiliar with the seating at the stadium as well as the orientation of it. I was hoping someone could tell me which parts of the stadium are student sections so I don't buy a ticket I'll need a student I.D. for. Keep in mind, as I don't know the directional orientation of the stadium, I won't know what it means to say south or north endzone. The only thing I have to go by on stub hub is home and away sidelines. Any help would be appreciated, thanks.
Before you kill me for posting an advice thread let me just say that I am aware that there is a MGoTickets spreadsheet and plenty of useful information about the game day experience in the user-curated hall of fame. I plan on taking advantage of those resources but I'm also looking for more direct advice and suggestions.
My buddy and I are going to fly in for the OSU game. It will be the first time in Michigan for either of us and I have a few specific questions:
- Is it unreasonable to expect to find a hotel in Ann Arbor for that weekend? If not, or if it will be significantly more expensive, what other cities should I look at?
- We are probably flying into Detroit. Is there public transportation available to Ann Arbor or would we be better off renting a car?
- I've heard that some rows are too close to the field. At what point does the view become obstructed?
Any feedback would be appreciated. Thanks and Go Blue.
I searched and didn't see a topic already discussing this topic, and since everyone seems down in the dumps today after the tough Iowa loss (or, alternately, all Penn State-y, which is even more depressing), I thought I'd point out the good news that we're on great position to break our 2010 NCAA Record for Highest Average Home Game Attendance, which was set at 111,825. Here's where we stand so far:
Western Michigan 110,506
Notre Dame 114,804
Eastern Michigan 110,343
San Diego State 110,707
Ohio State xxx,xxx
So, through six games 669,581 fans have visited Michigan Stadium so far this season, averaging out to 111,597. We're alittle behind 2010's pace, but our only two home games left will be two of our biggest presumed-attendance games: Nebraska and Ohio State. I don't think replicating UTL's numbers for either of those contests seems likely, but we might use last year's MSU or UConn games as good placeholders (both between 113,000-113,500). If we estimate conservatively and hit 113,000 for each of our final two home games, we would be just under 112,000 fans on average, beating out old record by around 125 per game.
Also, M-Wolverine asked about the NCAA Single-Season Total Home Attendance record (since the 2010 average-attendance record was set with just 7 home games). Our 2007 team holds that with 882,115. We would need to average only 106,268 in our last two games to break that, so it seems an even more sure bet! Assuming 113,000 in our last two games would put the new record around 895,000, breaking the old record by almost 13,000!
It was probably inevitable with the stadium additions that we break our 1999 average-attendance mark a couple of times, and our 2007 total home attendance record eventually, and this season has been the perfect storm of having Ohio State, Nebraska, and Notre Dame all visit the Big House (one of them in a record-setting first night game) amid 8 homes games. Still, its fun to know that all of us who attended a game this season were part of the soon-to-be new records, and that Michigan athletics will continue to garner publicity for The Big House. Go Blue!
EDIT: I used the 1999 average-attendance record initally (dang you, un-updated Wikipedia!), not the 2010 record. That has been corrected.
Shaq Thompson not visiting for Nebraska. Insider article basically says that the trip is cancelled to focus on his HS team. However, he is still talking with the coaches and hopes to make it in December. Does not have a leader.
I'm not off the Denard bandwagon. I know a lot of people have started to turn on him, but there are worse people to be compared to.
After showing signs of being something special during his freshman year, Juice followed it up by a largely injury plagued sophomore season. Throughout those first two years, he had only one more TD pass than interception but it was clear he had a spark that most QBs did not have.
Williams made a huge impact in his junior year. He came out of his shell and combined for 3,900 all purpose yards. At this time, he was considered a groundbreaker at the position, as he was just HARD to contain. We all know that to be true, as he torched us for the most yards in Big House history. Despite this, he did have some glaring deficiencies that were largely overlooked, because.... did you SEE that? First and foremost, his accuracy was questionable. He seemed to get hurt a lot as well.
Fast forward to his senior year. He was on every watch list you can think of. He came out of the gate and sputtered. Was this due to regression on his part, or did DC's focus in on him more closely? Did they gameplan strictly to stop his skills?
It seems like during his senior season, opposing defenses put just enough pressure on Juice to expose and open the cracks in his armor. The regression may not have been actual regression, instead it was the defenses who tipped the field on its axis slightly enough to reveal his flaws. Juice was relegated to second string midway through the year after throwing 2 INTs against OSU.
I think that the new regime would rather have a pocket passer, obviously, but we do not have the players to accomodate that. I still think that if Gardner gets his act together, he may end up starting at some point next year. I love what Denard has done and I hope that this is not the case.
I'm not going to take 1 data point and claim success or failure, but I think it is interesting that Denver yesterday went as close to a "spread option college offense" as any team has ever done in the NFL for an entire game and they shredded the Raiders for over 300yds rushing with Tebow going for over 100. It didn't seem they completely committed to it against the Lions, I think the Lions jumping out to the big lead had something to do with it. The chances of Tebow making out of this season alive seem remote at this point, but I did find it interesting.
I believe almost any sound offense can work with good athletes and execution. I just think it is an interesting argument point for the faction of football fans that think certain offenses can't work against better athletes or in the Big Ten.
Ever since I was a kid I was always intrigued with the idea that an NFL team could try running Nebraskas offense from the 90's. My idea was that you could install Nebraska Power Option Attack and invest the money normally reserved for qb's and put it into your offensive line. Then I would draft a qb each year in the 6th-7th rd since they wouldn't normally get drafted and just keep rotating them in and out as they got hurt without much drop off. My depth chart looked like this.
1st Tommie Frazier
2nd Tony Rice
3rd Scott Frost
4th Eric Crouch.
In any event if you can find the Broncos game next week it should be interesting to see what the counter for the Broncos is next week. If they get crushed then data point 2 will be a good counter against my whole post.