I don't personally care whether or not Michigan plays a night home game, in fact if they played at least one in 2010 to showcase the new stadium, I would sell a kidney to be there. I understand the traditionalists that say we don't break with traditions at Michigan. Their other mantra is "Sit Down". I'm not young, nor am I old, so I can see the merits to both sides of the debate whether or not to play night games at Michigan Stadium.
I read a post on another site inwhich the author tried to say that a night game at Michigan Stadium would just increase the chances of a drunken student rampage through AA. I think this is opinion is nestled in the corners of the Bell Curve insomuch as assumes that the masses will still arrive at 7:30am for an 8pm game and consume 12 hours worth of beer and meat products. I don't think you can equate Michigan's fans with those of MSU or OSU with regads to rioting, couch burning or other nefarious acts. I have had the fortune of seeing many college football games across the country and Michigan does have some of the better fans and probably the most cerebral student section in the country. That being said, I doubt they even distill enough Yukon Jack to turn the average UM fan into some of the more raucous fans in the Big 11.
I think Michigan Football is at a crossroad insomuch as we seen as much change around the program than any other single time in the history of the program. New head coach, stadium renovations, a 3-9 season, 40K people at the Spring game, 20 guys on the team under 5'-8'', and all of the other changes I'm forgetting. A night game may just be another part of the evolution of Michigan football into a more modern football program. That is not to say you throw out 100 years of history or tradition, but you certainly can augment that history and tradition with new ones. I believe that a program that is not growing and adapting to the times is really slowly dying. You can always keep on eye on the future will keeping a foothold on the past. In fact, I would argue that during the late 60's Michigan was on the forefront of college football and some of the ideas and ways Don Canham used to make Michigan into a household name were very innovative for the times. Have we become so slave to our past that we forget that at our core we were the pioneers of modern college football?
If a couple of night games a year keeps RR from having to twitter blurbs about how rocking Journey is, then I am all for it with the clarification that it be done with some thought and salute to the past. For example, I would not be infavor of playing Notre Dame, MSU, or OSU at night, but I would think we could find a way to jazz up some less prominent games, such as Northwestern, Indiana, or one of the meh non conference games.