what was the attendance about for the spring game today? was there a good showing?
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Frpm my TV it didn't look to be to great but I could be wrong.
like 20k, tops.
...there weren't more than 20,000 people there. I think the threat of bad weather was a big factor.
Depending on the source, 25,000 to 27,000.
Edit: Mlive says 25,000: http://www.mlive.com/wolverines/index.ssf/2011/04/spring_football_game_s...
There were like twice that for the last coach! Rabble rabble rabble
The weather was pretty bad which I'm sure had a lot to do with it.
that seems like its always the case every year... ugh to bad they dont play spring ball down here in florida like they do in baseball !
It probably didn't help that Hoke downplayed the whole game these past couple weeks. I saw his logic, but I don't think it was a good idea when you consider the whole added philanthropy factor.
because it was a snoozer. A couple good hits, one long run, some picks (mostly on bad throws), and that about sums it up. There was more excitement in the alumni game. Navarre was probably the most accurate QB in attendance yesterday.
No way... Spencer Brinton schooled Navarre.
The 90k at 'bama doesn't hurt their recruiting. Over signing might help them too.
Football fans in the south tailgate and fill up High School Football stadiums week in and week out. It doesn't suprise me that a Bama spring game would practically be a sell-out.
The 90k at 'bama doesn't hurt their recruiting. Over signing might help them too.
The students have exams this week and it stopped a lot of us from actually going to the game.
Students couldn't take 90 minutes out of their saturday, because they have finals coming up...OK
speaking as someone who just graduated last year, I would definitely skip the spring game if I had work to do. It's the SPRING GAME. It's a glorified practice. If you've got the time, cool. If not, then of course you're going to skip it
Ha. Its quite easy to tell you didn't go to michigan.....
I'm within three weeks of graduating from the law school. I love the university, love the law school, and made time for every home game this year. But I skipped the spring "game." It's essentially practice, and I've got a brief to write.
Likely higher than Miami's spring game attendance.
That's a conference game at Miami
Miami's fanbase seems to be 90% bandwagon fans and Florida State isn't far behind. When they're good, the stadiums are full but when they drop off even a little bit then they can't sell out their 50-60k stadiums
bad the showing was poor. Sidelines looked filled from 30 to 30. Little to no rain unitl late. Actually felt fairly warm. Don't get the lack of support.
was for 80% chance of rain and 100% chance of being televised on Big Ten Network.
Folks, don't take 10 tickets and then not even go, don't take 10 tickets when you know at best you are going to use 4..........that is jack
Hopefully next yr the university charges $10 for reserve tickets for motts and it cuts back on ppl just taking as many as they are limited to take.........
btw I am hoping the school moves spring back 2 weeks for much better weather.....but I doubt they will, doing that would take them past spring break.
If they "sell" the midfield tickets based on a donation they can leave all of the other seats free to whoever walks up. This will allow people to donate on a credit/debit card rather than just cash at the game. They could also just print out vouchers for the fatheads, etc.
I think this would make a lot of sense and probably make a lot more money for Mott. If we have a good season, next year's spring game could be a big deal.
But I'm from out of state, and was at the game. I really hope they don't move it past the end of the term.
DO NOT encourage the university to charge anything for the spring game, EVER. It should always remain free. The only response to the stupid free ticket idea should be to get rid of the stupid free tickets -- not to add a price.
I'm probably in the minority but I feel the opposite. I think the spring game should be 15-20 bucks AND be included in the season ticket package. More people would show up and it would encourage the coaching staff to make it an actual game.
if it required paid admission than if it were free?
Based on the new football indoor practice facility, the stadium expansion, the basketball practice facility under construction, the renovation of the baseball stadium, and the new HD scoreboards, I don't think the AD is hurting for moeny enough to charge for the spring game.
Warm & Sunny = good attendance
Cold, Rainy & Windy = mediocre attendance
I'm still blaming the economy.
First off, we had about 50,000 last year, so I would say that should be the starting point. The exam argument isn't relevant because it was the exact same time in relation to exams last year. However, here's the big things that affected it:
1. Bad Weather
2. Red Wings Playoff Game (I know several people who didn't go because of this)
3. Hoke downplaying the game
4. Coverage on TV
I know it was covered last year, but I don't think it was covered live or popularized as much as it was this year.
and it was 35 and snowing
If I was a fan at my first spring game, I probably would never come back. It was a horrible day
stupid print-at-home tickets that meant nothing, didn't even hear who won any of the prizes
people begging for money every 5 minutes, I get it, its a charity fund-raiser, I'll give at the entrance, you don't need to bug me every 5 minutes in the stands
cars lining the subdivision near the game all were ticketed by AA police
barely an hour of practice, Coach Hoke said it was because of depth...huh? The guys were tired after that?
It was really, really bad and it wasn't just the weather. I'm already questioing if i ever want to go again.
What's happened lately with the weather? I remember Spring Games getting the first tan of the season from being in the sun, but it's been pretty miserable lately.
Print at home tickets dumbest idea in the history of dumb.
I saw one person with a bucket inside the Stadium, and they didn't even bother me. Maybe they were concentrating where there were people in the middle.
The ticket thing is bush. But par for the city.
I don't know about the practice thing though. They were out there for a good hour and a half. It WAS supposed to go 12-2, but they did come out before 12 for the stretching, and finished at 1:30. The weather was so miserable, I figured everyone had just had enough.
Pretty par for the course for them. Concentrating their efforts on giving out tickets for parking, drinking, pretty much anything they can possibly make a dime off of. I've yet to hear of an actual crime being solved by them.
The weather was better last year. I certainly remember no rain, but I don't remember any snow.
You know, the tickets may have scared more people off. They served literally no purpose. I just walked in and sat where i wanted. I didn't see anybody who actually was checking the tickets.
Also, I'm not sure why the party scene was so scaled down. Didn't see much going at all compared to last year, now that I'm unsure about
They were checking tickets for my section (44). Not that it helped a whole lot; there was a guy and his family in our row/seats. I was unwilling to just wander off and find something else because I had a big party with me, including guests from out of town, one of whom had a little kid in her arms.
I didn't care where he went or where he sat; it's all good, we're all fans. I just wanted there to be room for us. He acted like I demanded his left kidney.
Didn't get hassled for donations, just asked nicely twice. That was fine.
It just wasn't a good time, really. The scoreboards being gone didn't help. Sound was bad.
The rain for the most part held off. And that reserved ticket stuff was BS. People sat wherever they wanted.
The TV broadcast said 27,000. Don't know where they got that.
A program as storied as Michigan should draw at least 50k to its spring game. I can see the weather or the TV (thanks from Las Vegas, BTN) affecting the number, but it should be 50k in bad weather, 70k+ in good.
Next year, with a good season this fall, will be better.
Also students getting ready for finals.
The spring game always falls around the same time in the academic schedule. This year there weren't even big pregames going. In the past 2 years, our pregame partners for the fall would treat the spring game as a "practice run" for football season, but I didn't see any of that yesterday for whatever reason. WEAK.
I feel like fanbases around the country are competing for who can get the highest spring game attendance but I know the truth. everyone who goes to their teams spring game is bored out of their minds. seriously, spring games are so boring. I feel like most people have to force themselves to go
I think Michigan fans thought it was neat the last few years with richrod and then we all realized that they are incredibly boring.
I know a lot of us here would pay to watch denard run laps but for the vast majority of fans, it's a snooze-fest
But really, is there anyone on here that didn't go because "Hoke downplayed the game"? Show of hands?
And for those who are thinking the spring game should have more people, if you're in the State, did you go?
The weather wasn't really bad. One drizzle, and then it rained a bit hard on the walk home. But the wind was worse than any rain.
Agree, downplay by Coach Hoke not a factor. Not sure about the other arguments for attendance on this thread either:
* Economy - same as last year if not slightly better?
* Finals - same situation every year
* Weather - maybe but it really was not that bad as aluded to earlier in the thread
* Red Wings Game - maybe
When I walked in I was a bit surprised by the smaller crowd and just thought that everyone was eventually going to show up... that did not happen. Unfortunate since everyone there was very enthusiastic and great support, especially for Mott's (the administration and Hospital did a great job this year and keep improving). Alot of former player sitings too - moreso than in years past. It was a good family outing.
That the economy would make MORE people show. Because, yes, gas prices are insane, but this event is free, so if you can't afford to go to a game, you'd think you'd be going to the one chance to see the team in the Stadium for free.
Being on TV live this year may have caused some people to stay home. Last year, wasn't it replayed at like 7 pm or something? Or was that just a replay? (I remember going, then coming home and watching it, non-dvr, because I think we had an open thread).
Finals is lame, and while the combo of everything made the weather kind of ick, it wasn't as bad as it was supposed to be.
I think the Wings game might have been a bigger factor...with both on tv, people could flip. And after the thread on "go to the Wings or Spring Game" reactions (and the overwhelming NHL over NBA before that), I'm beginning to think this place is a hockey blog that talks football to make money. Because the fanbase seems to skew hockey over football around here.
And post more often. I love that avatar.
...seems to be the most likely reason with maybe more people catching onto it on TV. All good. Overall, would reccomend to MGoBoard not to read too much into the attendance numbers. There are still going to be 115K at the Big House during the season.
Thanks for the complement on Avatar.
"beginning to think this place is a hockey blog that talks football to make money"
As much as I wouldn't mind such a statement being true, more likely it's the fact that it's still hockey season, Michigan had a great postseason run, and football season is aways off, with nothing but spring game and recruiting news in the meantime. Or maybe it's that hockey fans online, as in Michigan's sporting venues, are louder?
As far as NHL over NBA... I just thought that was a given, especially considering the state of the local teams.
Personally, I did go to spring game, then watched the wings game after.
I agree that the weather wasn't bad, but the weather FORECAST was really bad... and for a lot of people it rained in the morning. So, folks at home were being hit by some nasty weather, and they decided not to go to the game to sit in what they assumed would be more nasty weather. The fact that the weather turned out to be not so bad isn't related to whether or not someone decided to go in the first place.
That cold mist with the wind was sort of nasty. I got a windburn on my cheek.
I agree that the weather four hours eariler was much worse.
I blame El Nino.
Attendance wasn't disastrous. I was there and no one was in the end zones at all. But between the 20's it was filled decently. Tons of alumni there.
I think it was ok but not great.
The bad thing, though, was that all of us who parked on the road where we can typically park on a fall Saturday got parking tickets. Real pissed.
Attendance was lower than last year, but probably about average for us compared to the last decade or so.
One thing I noticed with the new structures - they seem to block a lot of wind. I was seated near midfield and didn't really notice the wind until after I left the stadium.
I spent more time in the corner, and felt the wind there.
Hasn't Dave Brandon said that anyone who enjoyed the Illinois win last year is an idiot, and he would invite him to a basketball game instead?
This hire was about appeasing the old players and the old guard.
Brandon does not care if "fans" want to see 21st century football, or "communist" football where the QB can run. Hell, fans would turn up to see Les Miles do something crazy (4th and 12 from the 30? Fake FG time!). But we're going to get tough, manball, rarr, rarrr, toughness. And Hoke will wear shorts in that weather -- tough! Hour fifteen sure isn't very long, but maybe he didn't want to discourage the players or fans with any more of what we saw.
1. Your insinuation that the firing of RR went against the fans' wishes is very questionable, to say the least.
2. Maybe - crazy idea - Brandon cares less about the kind of offense we run and more about us actually winning football games, something that rarely happened the last three years. At the winningest school in college football history, RR had the worst record. That was problematic.
1. Take any poll outside MGoBlog, and most are pleased with the change. It may just be the unwashed masses, but the woe is me poor Rich crowd is pretty small outside these confines.
2. Brandon didn't like the Illinois game not because of offense, but, as he stated, he was concerned about defense. Which never seems to get mentioned in these posts about the wonders of "communist football". Which means Brandon is probably smarter because he looked at all the teams that won things and saw all sorts of offenses, but saw a vast majority with GREAT defenses.