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michigan stadium rededication
Check out the new, outstanding video chronicling the Michigan Stadium rededication game posted at MGoBlue.com. I hope they're showing this to recruits.
"You've been here before. But not like this."
You've been here before. Michigan Stadium. The Big House. But not like this. On Sept. 4, 2010, the University of Michigan football season kicked off with a special day, formally rededicating the Big House after three years of renovation and expansion.
"This Big House" chronicles the historic day. Directed, written and produced by Michael O'Leary and narrated by Zach McGowan, the video goes behind the scenes on the team bus and in the tunnel pregame while also documenting the Victors Walk, the ribbon-cutting, an inspiring walk to midfield by Brock Mealer, fireworks and, of course, the 30-10 victory over Connecticut.
A University of Michigan graduate and former U-M lacrosse player, O'Leary is two-time Emmy winner and a 2010 College Sports Media Award winner for outstanding feature.
The helmet cam discussed in this post caught some of the video used in the production.
Just sharing some pictures I had from this weekend. I went to the game and had good seats, row 19 on the 32 yard line. I also went on an Alumni Association tour on Sunday, lots of the same things that other people have posted, got to see the $$ seats, and also got a little preseentation on the history of the Big House. Also got to tour the locker room, and the best part of the tour was the chance to run out of the tunnel and play around on the field of the big house.
Band Getting Started
The B-25 Flyover... he was LOW
He came around for another pass... again, LOW
Brock Touches the Banner
The Team touches the Banner
The A-10 Warthogs weren't as low, but were sweet
Good view from the seats (Pics at the game were all taken on my Droid, this is with the Droid Zoomed in)
Locker room, didn't smell bad for it being like 20 hours postgame
Tom Harmon's Heisman, on display on the Club Seat Level
Played a little catch on the field after the tour.
Outstanding weekend all around. Go Blue
Michigan Athletics Department News Release is provided in its entirety below.
- Get your free water and lapel pin.
- Buy your commemorative program.
- Go see the band's pregame program and march.
- Go to the FanFest and the Victors Walk.
- Walk around the newly renovated and expanded concourses and view the various wall hangings (the art deco Michigan Stadium letters, the Michigan county plaques).
- Get in your seats in time for the ribbon cutting and B-25 flyover.
- Do not miss the MMB taking the field, playing The Victors, Varsity, and The Yellow and Blue.
- DO NOT miss the team being led out of the tunnel onto the field and under the banner (with a special stadium commemoration ribbon attached) by Brock Mealer. You should have a handkerchief or a pack of tissues. If you don't use them, you are not human. Save some of your free Absopure water in the commemorative bottle to help open your closed throat.
- Do not miss the national anthem and your Tri-Service Color Guard raising Old Glory and the A-10 flyover.
- Do not miss the kickoff.
- Cheer your lungs out and until your voice is hoarse.
- Do not miss us giving the beat down to UConn.
- Also, linked below, but this is a must read: Brock Mealer's "Impossible is Nothing" (pdf)
U-M Athletics Plans Several Events for Rededication Game
Sept. 2, 2010
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan Athletic Department has several events planned surrounding the rededication of Michigan Stadium on Saturday (Sept. 4), beginning with FanFest and the Michigan Sports Radio Network pre-game "Tailgate Show" and including giveaways compliments of the athletic department.
Fanfest, Tailgate Show: Beginning at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, fans can visit FanFest on the southwest corner of Main St. and Stadium Blvd., across from Michigan Stadium. Hosted by U-M Athletics partner IMG College, FanFest will feature interactive games for fans of all ages in addition to giveaways and samples from clients. Fans will also be able to get their photo taken by the Big Ten Network with an eight-foot Charles Woodson bobblehead. Situated on that same corner is the new location for the "Tailgate Show," which will air on the Michigan Sports Radio Network from 1-2:30 p.m.
Bottled Water Giveaway: When the stadium gates open at 1:36 p.m., the first 25,000 fans will receive a 27-ounce commemorative, recyclable Michigan Stadium Rededication bottle of Absopure spring water. When the supply of commemorative bottles runs out, 85,000 vouchers for a bottle of Absopure water will be distributed at the gates to the remaining fans. They will be redeemable at the lower concourse concession stands.
Commemorative Game Program: The official game program will be available for purchase around the stadium and at stadium M Den locations. The program features a 40-page commemorative rededication section highlighting the history of the Big House and special moments through the years. The program also features information on the 2010 Wolverines and Connecticut, as well as history and highlights of the U-M football tradition. [ Pre-order Program (deadline Friday at noon) ]
Lapel Pin Giveaway: The athletic department will be giving away 100,000 commemorative lapel pins for those in attendance on Saturday. Fans will also be able to purchase a limited supply of the pins at all M Den walk-in store locations at the stadium.
Victors Walk: Approximately two and a half hours prior to the 3:36 p.m. kickoff, the Wolverines will renew their tradition of the Victors Walk from Kipke Drive to the Michigan Stadium tunnel. Fans will want to get there early to support the Maize and Blue and ensure a spot along the walk.
Ribbon Cutting: Approximately 12 minutes prior to kickoff, a ribbon-cutting ceremony with Athletic Director Emeritus Bill Martin, Athletic Director Dave Brandon, University Regents and President Mary Sue Coleman will take place at midfield to officially rededicate the Big House. A flyover with vintage B25 bombers from the Yankee Air Force Museum will follow; a second flyover with two A-10 Warthogs from Selfridge Air National Guard base will take place following the National Anthem.
Brock Mealer Leads U-M Out: At approximately 3:30 p.m., a special recognition ceremony will begin in honor of Brock Mealer, the older brother of U-M redshirt junior offensive lineman Elliott Mealer. Brock was paralyzed from the waist down in a car accident on Christmas Eve 2007 that took the lives of their father, David, and Elliott's girlfriend, Hollis Richer. He was given a one percent chance of walking again, and on Saturday, will lead the team as he walks onto the field and under the GO BLUE banner. For more on Brock Mealer and his, please visit "Impossible is Nothing."
Student Block M Formation: For just the fifth time, the student section will feature a block M formation. The athletic department is providing 1,000 blue t-shirts to students whose seats are within the M.
Fans are encouraged to arrive early Saturday to avoid traffic and parking issues, and to familiarize themselves with the new amenities at the stadium. For additional gameday information, please visit: