I did not make this headline up
***I'm sure this is something that gets asked on here every so often, so I sincerely apologize if it's been too soon since this topic last came up and/or this post irks anyone too much***
With most of the students out on break and a "less attractive" opponent coming into town, my wife and I figured if there was any time to take our infant girl to her first Michigan sporting event, tomorrow's game against Holy Cross would be the game. Alas, as first time parents with very pretty much no Michigan fan friends with children, we have no idea of the logistics of bringing a 4 month old to a game and only recently found the balls to take her out to restaurants with us. So, I turn to you MGoBlog. Please give me advice on how to make this less painful for us, for her and for fans around us, or at the very least, talk me into saving this milestone for another time in the future. Here a few concerns I definitely have:
- Mgoblue.com says children of all ages need a ticket. How strict are they on this? I mean, a ticket for an infant, seriously? Even airlines aren't that anal.
- The bag policy at Crisler is simply "no oversized bags." Will we get hassled if we brought a regular sized diaper bag, and would they have to search it? Would a prefilled bottle somehow violate the dreaded "no container" rule?
- This one is a bit of a stretch, I know, but what about baby carriers? Obviously trollers aren't allowed, yes, but nothing is said about carriers, and if we do have to pay for a seat for the baby, might as well get to use it.
- How did you bring your infants to games? Carrier, baby sling, just carried them, other...?
Lastly, we'll greatly accept any other tips or tricks you have, or any words of warning you'd like to give. Thanks!
Edit - Thanks to everyone who commented with advice one way or the other! Besides all the hassles of bringing the baby, since this is the first game (and possibly the only game) of the season my wife is able to attend without too much of a struggle, we're leaving the baby at home with her Aunt. There will be a lifetime full of Michigan games for her to see when she can actually at least attempt to understand what is going on. Thanks again, everyone!
NCAA Final Four Viewing Party
Michigan vs. Syracuse: Due to an existing event in the facility, there will NOT be a viewing party at Crisler Center for Michigan's NCAA semifinal vs. Syracuse on Saturday, April 6.
National Championship Game: If Michigan advances to the national championship game, there WILL be a viewing party at Crisler Center for the game Monday, April 8. Details of this event will be announced on Sunday, April 7.
I cringed at Crisler in the last minute of the game as GRIII, Hardaway, and Trey headed to the line while players and fans alike waved their arms to quiet the crowd.
I pulled this paper from the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference. For those unaware, it is an annual conference now sponsored and covered by ESPN that celebrates the nerds of sports. Panelists explain the ways data is helping us understand performance better than ever. This research paper (though based on NBA data) documents disparaties in home/road performance in two variables: offensive rebounding and free throw shooting.
As expected, offensive rebounding improves in a home environment which makes sense due to the effort and energy required. However, free throw shooting in pressure scenarios is worse at home than on the road. The worst environment to shoot a free throw is in a quiet, nervous home arena, yet road environments cause no significant effect, positive or negative, to free throw shooting.
My plea is for Crisler Center fans to greet Michigan FT shooters with a steady buzz of solid, maybe not defeaning applause in support of our players. It's tough when the building goes mostly silent and 13,000 fans expect you to make every shot.
Disclaimer: This is no excuse for our gut-wrenching loss yesterday, just my thoughts on how we can give our team the best home court advantage possible.
Now that Michigan has finished all regular season home games, will Crisler Center renovation begin in earnest?
Obviously, Michigan will be using the PDC and perhaps the floor at Crisler throughout the NCAA tournament. But I'm wondering if the builders can start ripping things out in the concourse area, since the team can access the PDC directly, and Crisler through the PDC tunnel? The answer to this question partially depends on whether or not Crisler will be used for any other sports. Mgoblue says that women's gymnastics uses Crisler. If so, that would hold things up. I don't know if anyone else will be using Crisler's spectator seating for the next 6 months.
Hey Matt, Evan and Blake...the sun is your friend!