At press time, Harbaugh had sent Michigan’s athletic department an envelope containing a heavily annotated seating chart, a list of the 63,000 seat views he had found unsatisfactory, and a glowing 70-page report on section 25, row 12, seat 9, which he claimed is “exactly what the great sport of football is all about.”
The date for this may have already been known, but an official press release on the annual Fan Day was posted today at mgoblue.com:
July 22, 2011
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan football program will hold its annual Fan Day on Sunday, Aug. 14, at Michigan Stadium. The autograph session and opportunity to meet the 2011 Wolverines team will run from approximately 2-3:30 p.m. EDT.
The event is free and open to the public. All gates at the Big House will open starting at 1 p.m. Parking will be available in the lots adjacent to Michigan Stadium and Pioneer High School. In order to expedite the autograph process and accommodate as many fans as possible, players and head coach Brady Hoke will autograph one item per person.
Hoke will sign autographs on the Michigan Stadium field. Michigan players will be signing autographs along the north and south concourses at the concession stands by position groups. The offensive players will be located along the north side of the Big House between sections 29 and 38, with the defensive players residing on the south side between sections 8 and 18.
Check MGoBlue.com for player autograph locations which will be determined at a later date.
With Fan Day coming up this Sunday I have a few general questions about it. I would love everyone's opinion.
1) Where is a good place to park?
2) I'm thinking about getting there at 9:30, is that early enough?
3) Which line should I get in? When I went in 2008, I got RR's signature plus the Tight Ends and Kickers.
4) Which position group do you think will have the most people waiting in line?
With Michigan's fan day slated for the 22nd, what were your past experiences? What is the coolest gear to get signed (footballs, jersey's, helmets)?
An assortment of pictures*** from Media (or Fan) Day. It was a fun day and well run by the University (not to mention the weather was perfect). Lines moved fairly quickly and the free games and snacks were a great touch for the children tired of standing in lines.
It was just a great family atmosphere. Parents were playing catch with their children. Kids were playing with kids they just met. And I noticed a few players' parents walking around. Brandon Graham had probably 20 family members there with his Dad wearing a #55 jersey saying "Proud M Dad". It was just a great day and I know my family had a great time and will be back next year.
*** Proud father moment, picture #22 is of my son playing catch.