"The University of Illinois is also in turmoil. The university sports an Interim Chancellor, an Interim Athletic Director, and an Interim Football Coach; the game will be played at Soldier Field, making this an Illini Interim Home Game."
Michigan Athletic Director David Brandon confirmed with me in a one-on-one interview on media day that a working design is ready for the next stadium expansion, which would start on the south end zone.
The specs include all-bleacher seating, which will rise up to enclose the spaces between the sideline structures to the scoreboard at a height that the scoreboard will appear as if it is "set into" the new seating area.
The design would also make the seating appear like a second deck, as a concourse will be included in the new construction below the new seating. Brandon said the waiting list for season tickets supports the expansion.
He offered no thoughts on a how soon he would take this project to the Regents for approval. He said the south end zone expansion would increase the stadium's capacity by 6,000.
This can only mean that a similar NORTH expansion would follow at another time in the future to balance the stadium's appearance from within the bowl.
With this updated information, one can reasonably conclude that including a north expansion of an additional 6,000 seats, we can project the capacity of Michigan Stadium will eventually increase to at or near 122,000 (and 1).
While I was working at the Big House installing the elevators, I heard one of the engineers discussing the further expansion of the stadium. From what he said, there were talks of expanding the capacity another 5,000 seats in the very near future. It sounded like they wanted to add bleacher seating around the top of the north and south end zones, basically where the scoreboards are. I have no idea if there is any credibility to this engineer's info, so I was wondering if anyone can add anything to this. Has anyone heard any similar rumors? I know the footings are in place to seat 200,000 so I may not be completely dilusional.
I would love to see it happen, personally, and there is no way it is even close to the undertaking the suites were. I just wanted to throw it out there and see if anyone close to the University has heard similar plans. Thanks.
Week 1 got off to a rousing start for Michigan, viz:
05 Sep 2009
Michigan vs WMU 109,019
Penn State vs Akron 104,968
This bodes well as we have NDp coming in next week, and PSU has Syracuse.
Upcoming home games:
12 Sep NDp
19 Sep EMU
26 Sep Indiana
17 Oct Delaware St
24 Oct Penn St
07 Nov Purdue
21 Nov OSU
12 Sep Syracuse
19 Sep Temple
26 Sep Iowa
10 Oct Eastern Illinois
17 Oct Minnesota
07 Nov OSU
14 Nov Indiana