It's December 2nd, which means the 10-day weather forecast provided by The Weather Channel extends all the way to December 11th, the date of the Big Chill at the Big House. Now, I realize a 10-day weather forecast is about as accurate as a Brendan Gibbons field goal attempt (...too soon?), but let's take a look:
Daytime: High of 34F and partly cloudy. 20% chance of precipitation and wind from the NW at 11 mph.
Nighttime: Overnight low of 26F with a snow shower. 30% chance of precipitation and wind from the W at 7 mph.
What Does it Mean for the Players?
Well, uh, I think it might be cold down on the ice. Unless it snows heavily during the game there shouldn't be a huge effect on the players, although the ice conditions in temporary rinks and outdoor rinks (we have both!) can sometimes be unpredictable.
What Does it Mean for the Fans?
All things considered it doesn't sound too bad. The temperature will be hovering around freezing, but most importantly there's not a lot of wind in the forecast. If things stay calm it should be a fairly comfortable viewing experience.
I haven't seen these posted yet, but I have two awesome photos of Michigan Stadium at night under the recently installed lights. [EDIT: thanks for the sarcastic technical support]
There is a live web cam of the rink being built on Mgoblue.com. Scroll about halfway down the page.
Is anyone else disappointed in their Big Chill seat location?
We are season hockey ticket holders and the order information clearly indicated that hockey season ticket holders were to get the 2nd best seating, after players, former players and their families. Our seats are in section 3, which technically count as sideline, but essentially start at the end line and run beyond the corner.
Still happy to have tickets to the game, but feel slightly mislead. Where are the season football ticket holders' seats located?
From The M-Den, the Big Chill jersey, based on the 1948 national champions jersey I presume:
I love this jersey!
Wanna know who's going to play the first hockey game in the Big House?
No it's not Michigan or Michigan State
Apparently, Adrian will be playing Concorida (Wis.) in the Big House on December 4th. One week before the Big Chill. (Don't expect any attendance records to be broken)
It will be the first outdoor D-III hockey game and the first hockey game in the Big House. I assume that we are letting them do this to test out the ice for us.