We've heard arguments for some time about whether UM fans are quiet or whether it's the stadium. We have heard all sorts of studies comparing decibel levels,etc.., to see if the big house really is quiet. I think UMxWolverines was right in his recent diary that, no matter which way you slice it, it could and should be louder, and that's probably due to both the fans and the stadium.
However, I'm wondering whether those two components of the volume (fan noise + stadium acoustics) can have positive iterative effects. In other words, if you make a it a bit louder by changing the stadium, the increased noise could make people want to scream more, which in turn raises the volume another notch, which makes people want to scream even more . . . . you get the point. Of course, taken to its extreme, this theory would predict that, just because we add some luxury boxes, we will all be screaming at the tops of our lungs for 3+ hours and will all go deaf. That's obviously not going to happen (especially if we have another year like last one). There would naturally be some limit to the volume level.
The underlying idea is based on an observation that most normal people tend to be less noisy in quiet places, and louder in loud places. When you hear this great, big roar from 100,000 crazy fans, you think: fuck, I feel like screaming too!
Whereas we have been thinking, all along, that fan noise and stadium acoustics are independent variables, perhaps they are at least partially dependent on one another.
Just a random thought.