One of the best (for me the best) moments of a Michigan Football Saturday is the entrance of the band and the M Fanfare.
There's something about the M Fanfare that always blows me back - the moment of silence prior to it, the sudden blast of the brass, and the rise into the Victors always brings tears to my eyes. I thought one of the cooler sights towards the end of my run as a student was seeing the student section hold up a single fist throughout the entirity of the Fanfare and simultaneously as the drum major completes his back bend the crowd begins to clap together "CLAP.... CLAP... CLAP CLAP CLAP CLAP".
So, my question is: Why is the alumni and the rest of the stadium so slow to accept what would be an awesome sight. A unified fan base, raising a "HAIL" fist. Come on blue hairs, even you can get behind this!
In case nobody cares, my question to you: What's your favority Michigan tradition (other than winning).Skip to 4:00 for the Fan fare. The whole thing is worth watching: The walk-up to stadium and probably the coolest and lowest flyover ever.
Okay, so we have all at one time or another wanted to stand at a game, only to be ostricized by some, and possibly even scolded by security. However, I have noted, obviously, the student section is under no such strictures, and most stand the whole game.
Does anyone know if the university has ever, or if there are any universities out there that have ever considered dividing sections of the stadium into standing and sitting sections. It would be pretty simple.
Sections numbered X-Y would be normal sitting sections. In these sections, fans are expected to sit for most of the game. They may stand during big plays or celebrations, etc, but are expected to sit quickly, and security will enforce this if it becomes an issue.
Sections numbered A-B would be standing sections. In these sections, fans may sit or stand as desired, but, standing fans may not be rebuked nor will they be troubled by security. Fans asking others to sit in standing sections may be questioned/dealt with by security if they become an issue.
Perhaps Standing sections could be on the visitor's side and one end zone, where we would like it to be as loud and troubling as possible for the opposition.
Why wouldn't this plan work?