#4 tailgating on State Street
100 (Or More) Reasons We Love the Big House
#5: The Hydration Station
#6: No unnecessary advertisements inside.
The fact that Fielding Yost had the foresight to build the stadium to one day hold 150,000 spectators.
200,000 actually, the man was a visionary
#8 Advanced Wave Techniques
I find it hilarious that I did not see yours before I posted mine, and yet, somehow, we had the exact same thought. Great minds!
# 8- The Michigan Stadium wave
# 9- The one central tunnel that allows Michigan to run out from there and tap the banner.
#10- The eagle on the press box.
#11- The art deco lettering on the press box.
The smell. Just, the smell.
Leaves, crisp air, hot dogs broiling, whiffs of smuggled in booze staining #20 jerseys, mushy grass from people scampering up the hills and making it muddy, sunshine on co-eds faces, belches of beers from tailgates, a distant sniff of bar-b-que from the golf course ... memories, dude.
The endzone scoreboards -- yet another piece of history in the Big House.
They were installed in 1998.
Granted they were replaced twice but I was getting at the fact that the Big House is the first stadium in the country to have an electronic scoreboard to keep game time.
The 50-yard line Block M. Let's you know whose house you're in.
#15 - The bandleader doing the reverse forehead plant, or whatever it's officially called (backbend?).
#16 - Inflatable penises with "Tressel loves me" written on them in sharpie being tossed about the student section during the M-OSU game.
and 'Rudy Swallows' during UM-ND.
You mean the drum major?
The dude with the tall hat and baton. Thank you for clarifying..I'm not up on my band-related terminology.
Being able to trust your drunken friends and random people to throw you in the air and count at the the same time.
#18 Lifting fans of the opposing team to count off. (ND 2006 we lifted a domer, it was 31-0 or so at the time)
Looks great on TV, expecially in November when I'm toasty warm on my couch and they show some guy at the stadium in a sweatshirt about to croak from Hypothermia.
But seriously--It is a fantastic TV stadium and this year seems a LOT louder.
being a part of "the largest crowd watching football anywhere in America today"
Sitting in my same seats for the last 13 seasons, having the same people around meet my parents, my girlfriend (who became my wife), saw her pregnant with our children and now know the children who come with us to every game.
Aaaand, watching a quality football program win games and play the right way.
Hot freakin Cider in the October air
#22 - The sonorous voice of Carl Grapertine floating through the seats as he bids you "Good afternoon, and welcome to Michigan Stadium."
#23 - the right corner of the north end zone, home of Desmond's catch, Mercury's catch, and the Braylon Edwards show.
As much as I love Carl...
I really miss hearing Howard King welcoming me to "the Michigan Football Stadium for this the XXth meeting between Michigan and (opponent)."
I guess in my mind, Carl will always be the voice of the Band, and Howard King will always be the voice of the Stadium. Although they couldn't find a better replacement for the whole deal than Carl.
but pretty sure Mercury Hayes' TD was in the south end zone.
The game-winning, game-ending catch vs. Virginia was in the north end zone.
Greatest endzone to do the Heisman pose.
He has matured and become a die hard fan, but his response from his very first game when he got home was:
"Mommy I peed on the wall".
Kinda miss it now
It's a wall! It's impossible to miss...
Row 97: Where your "seat" is a section of halo to lean against.
I love seeing it on TV and can't wait to see it for the first time. I am planning on coming with my brother to the 2011 OSU game and I will be on pins until then. The only thing I can say I don't like about the Big House.....Is that it is 2000 miles from my home, other than that, it sounds like perfection to me.
game earlier this year. And it was the greatest day ever.
#27. The Victors Walk
Hail to victors after every score!
#29 ND plays there sometimes :)
that ND only gets to play there once every two years. :)
The red brick around the bowl. Much classier than the plain concrete that OSU and MSU have.
Every college football fan in America knows about............
THE BIG HOUSE!
#31 Drumline step show
#32 Band marching off to the stadium with a sea of humanity following it.
#33 The team running out of the tunnel and touching the GO BLUE banner.
#34 The roar of the crowd when the PA announcer gives the out-of-town scores and a rival is losing.
The unobstructed sight lines
Quietest 100,000 plus you'll ever hear.
/Sad but true, unfortunately.
Have you been to a game this year? With the new additions it is much louder.
35. walking through the tunnel to your section as a freshman and seeing the Big House for the first time ever.
36. the sense of pride of returning to Ann Arbor and reuniting with friends, family, ect.
37. alumni batton and cheer guys at homecoming
Right on for #35! As I started reading the thread I was definitely going to add that if no one else did. I can still see that moment in my mind's eye from 18 years ago.
The guy playing the bongos and singing about people walking past the IM building.
This is what he said to my mom last week as we walked in (me, mom, and dad)
"Hey lady, don't be so sad,
Your husband don't seem too bad,
and here's something to make you glad,
at least I ain't your babies dad"
Here's another overheard jingle:
Hey Lady walking by my way
Why not give me a break today?
I'll be happy with a little pay
And fix my Chevrolet
But if you put in 2
I'll say thank you
And buy me a B-M-W!
I lived in the apartment building across from the IM entrance 03-04. I remember hearing that guy every football Saturday. He'd repeat his routine every 3 minutes or so and do a stupid little laugh after each song.
You can't have one without the other.
Seeing the look on his face walking into the stadium for the first time with 106,000 fans packed into the place. It's the same look people have seeing the Niagra Falls the first time. I will remember it forever!
+1, the extra seat.
Coke, not Pepsi!
But I think that, especially after going to the MSU game (this first down sponsored by Belle Tire!), I will NEVER under-appreciate the lack of advertising in Michigan Stadium. It's not something you really notice until you watch a game somewhere else, but it's SUCH a blessing. Thank Yost for Yost!
A few real ones:
#44 That we get to call it "Michigan Stadium" it just makes you feel like you represent the state as a whole.
#45 It was built/conceived/designed by Mr. Fielding H. Yost Himself.
#43 Being greeted on your way in by Marshall Fredericks'* "American Eagle"
How many stadiums** have a nationally recognized piece of art from one of their state's greatest sculptors at the entrance?
* He of "Spirit of Detroit," etc.
** Not counting those built during the Roman Empire
If you live close enough, the crowd roaring will rattle your windows.
The loudest I ever heard it my house (1 block away) was right after THE Woodson punt return in '97.
#46 Parking for free in a neighborhood
#47 The Increasing # of people as you get closer to State St. #48 Seeing the practice facility and the stadium in the distance.
#49 Smelling tailgating while walking through the parking lot. #50 Walking into the stadium while mostly empty.
#51 Watching the players warm up and the stadium fill.
#52 Michigan Plays
#53 Michigan Wins
#54 Repeat next week.
I agree. I got there early and took pictures every 15 minutes about from practically empty to 107,000 full. Very cool timeline of pictures.
Sword guy during halftime of homecoming
the streak will be ended on 11/21 in it when DiC armpunts M to victory.
Especially after a victory!
-Driving rental car north on State St. and seeing the electricity on campus Friday night (makes the long cross-country flight back to AA a distant memory almost immediately)
-Immediately reconnecting with old friends I haven't seen in ages and tailgating all morning
-Testing the limits of my bladder throughout the game, for fear of missing a single play
-Feeling like a dirty old man at Scorekeepers after the game, but not letting that stop me from ordering another personal pitcher of Long Islands or RedBull & Vodka
Hopefully I can soon add "watching The Blue kick the buckeyes' ass" to the list, but apparently me flying back for The Game has been a bad-luck charm the last few years.
To facilitate traffic flow Ann Arbor-Saline rd to I-94 will be southbound only.
know what it is. I just had a hottie ask me if I've ever been to the Big House when she found out I was a fan of M. She doesn't even follow football
"IT'S GREAT, TO BE, A MICHIGAN WOLVERINE!" after a big victory.
Whats not to love about the Big House?
Anyone know why it isn't a national landmark and the horseshoe is???????? It must become one!
That it's oriented North-South, which cuts way back on the wind effect, and also gives you a spectacular view of the sunset behind downtown from the East end.
#58 Marshmallow throwing (if still possible)
#59 Key-jingling on key third downs
#60 Halo being torn off building
Key jingling is easily my most hated thing about Michigan Football (well, second to piped in music).
I'm glad the AD and Student Section is slowly discouraging it. No more "key play" signs, band does its new "Intimidation" and the place gets LOUD!
#61 The hole that Yost dug. When Yost planned the new stadium, he went from East-West orientation, was Ferry Field, to North-South orientation, to help keep the sun out of the players' eyes. Even Yost's first name has field in it!
#62 Crisler paid for. Another Michigan man who saw the importance of Michigan Stadium. The brainchild of the "extra seat."
#63 Canham Carpeted. Don Canham was the re-inventor of Michigan Football. He took a program that was down on it's luck and reshaped it into a marketing and winning machine.
#64 Schembechler filled every Saturday afternoon. THE Michigan Man. Bo was the icing on the marketing genious of Don Canham. Winingest coach in America's winingest college football program.
#65 Bob Ufer. THE Voice of Meeeechigan Football. America's greatest Athletic Director, greatest coach, playing in the greatest stadium ever built, it is only right to have the greatest play-by-play man putting us on the 50 yard line from our homes. God bless your cottin' pickin' maize and blue heart!
#66 The new era of Michigan Football. Coming from the same country as Fielding H. Yost, RICH ROD will once again place Michigan on the top of the college football world.
#67 The moment I first stepped into Michigan Stadium in the mid-1970's, I wanted to get as close to the program as I possibly could. Now I photograph games on the field. My dream come true. Thanks Don, Bo and Bob for shaping this man's heart into a block M. Go Blue!
running the length of the field, pushing a ball with his nose?
I ENVY you- I've always wanted to get on the field to take photos but have to rely on sitting in row A,B or 1 to get my shots. is there a site/paper I can see your shots?
Facebook me at Rodney Wakeman. Reference MGoBlog when you send your friend request.
Part of the band comes around in the 3rd all away
around the stadium and plays "Let's go Blue". and
cheerleaders doing somersaults in the South endzone.
where Woody went nuts and tore up a down marker after Thom Darden's interception.
I love the Big House as much now as ever, but I'll throw in that the reason I love cigars as an adult is from going to the Big House in the early 80's as a young kid and smelling the waft of cigar smoke.
The extra seat for Fritz Crisler.
I love the Big House because I went to the KState v. Texas A&M game last weekend and it felt like I was back in high school bleachers. Honestly, it sucked.
#73 - The guy that stands on the wall on the way to the stadiumn (from the North side) that throws the football back and forth with the crowd.
#74 - Old Michigan Spelling Guy that leads the crowd in section 20 spelling MICHIGAN with his arms after every Touchdown.
#75 - "Free Programs!"
Used to be able to bring a keg into the stadium... as long as you had a ticket for it.
The fact that I first visited Michigan Stadium in 1975; and now, even with the massive additions it is still the same magical place.
This stadium had evolved and grown since it's very first construction over 70 years ago.
It hasn't been reinvented, rebuilt, repurposed or replaced.
That shows the skill and genius behind it's initial design; and the love of tradition and importance it has earned from the school and it's teams football fans.
It was never thrown together to capitalize on a quick buck, only to be tossed away before it's time like so much Wal-mart trash. It was crafted to last, and it's been well cared for and enhanced as the program's needs have grown.
We Michigan fans already have an embarrassment of riches in the tradition and big game memories department, as everyone above has already listed; but the thing I love best about the Big House right now is that it's best days might still be in front of us.
I laugh every time Grapentine says it
#78 The student section booing every time they mention that the legal drinking age is 21! I laugh every time
"Ladies and Gentlemen, presenting the two hundred and fifty member Michigan Marching Band. Baaaaand, take the field!"
#80 It's our house and nobody else's
#81 new reason, piped-in music
#82 Space Emperor plays there
#83 It's really freakin' awesome
Notre Dame stadium is a copy. Not only did M teach them to play football we had to give them blueprints to the stadium
#85ish-The Big House in the Gloaming. Two of my favorite Michigan Stadium memories (MSU 2004, PSU 2005) both revolve around games that started in the daylight and ended in the darkness, lit only by the portable lights brought in by ABC.
#86-The Polish Kitchen. This specifically is for my father in law who is severely disappointed that it is no longer there.
#87-The Big Ten flags. I really really miss these. My wife points out that her section was always the Michigan flag and that she wants it back.
#88-Keith Jackson calling games from Michigan Stadium and dubbing it "The Big House" and having it become a meme simply because well, damn it, it feels right.
#89-David Moosman falling down when he slapped the banner against Purdue in 2007, coupled with Lloyd Carr's look of abject disgust.
Definitely agree with the Big 10 flags sentiment. They finally brought them back for 2007, my senior year, and it brought a tear to my eye when I turned the corner and saw the Stadium once again ringed with the Big 10 flags. I'd been emailing Bill Martin for years to bring them back.
Definitely one of the things I identified with every week in our Stadium, and it's a shame they're seemingly gone forever now that the new structures are in.
I'm not so sure. I hope! I think they will find a place for them, somewhere. Bill Martin is allegedly a huge fan of them, especially as it was the one hat tip in Michigan Stadium.
(Think about the fields in the Big Ten. Think about the fields in Big Ten Stadiums. Think about how many of them have the Big Ten logo on them. Now think of the only two that don't. Us and you know.)
Now, if we really want to get technical (and demanding)... I'd love the MMB to bring back the conference flags. One of the many little (and very cool) MMB traditions done away with during the Cavender years.
But I ask too much. It's already a little excessive that the MMB flags have DCI-esque convertible uniforms that don't match the rest of the band... And don't get me started about the weird-colored halftime flags.
Check the top of the new boxes...it looks like there are flag poles up there, with one pole on each side of each scoreboard. Gotta wait until they are all done for the majestic product.
91 The Brick at the NE entrance off of Greene Street, near Section 38, the brick closest to the entrance in the NW corner, which has my last name, my first name, my sisters name, my parents names and my brothers name.
92: The columns outside of Section 1
93: The winged helmet-painted fire hydrants all around the Stadium, as well as the winged helmet painted over the little round concrete thing at the mouth of the tunnel blocking cars from going inside.
94: The M on the tunnel side bleachers
...especially played in its entirety.
Greatest fight song ever.
96: growing up poor, never seeing a game there in your youth, and not realizing how special it really was until you could buy your own ticket.
if you've never been to the big house you just don't get the atmosphere of how a sporting event should be.
The dude who plays the drums/bongos in front of the IM building before and after (during?) the games.
Announcement of the Slippery Rock score.
Airplanes approaching the field from Willow Run Airport late in the third quarter with Landing Strip and/or Deja Vu signs pulled behind them.
More significantly, Military Flyovers during big games.
The Baton flip over the goal post before the game.
The 3-story tall beer bong on State St.
The whole city of Ann Arbor on game day.
The block M within the student section i.e. Wisconsin, ND, and hopefully Penn State on Saturday.
I'm surprised the M in the student section wasn't mentioned earlier.
Going to Moe's Sport Shop before the game...and after. Love that place!