Mason NEEDS this, Pistons, after all you've put him through
And, I think, a thoughtful one. I believe that there were exactly two (2) add-ins to the Stadium at that time. One was the Marshall Fredericks eagle (armed forces memorial). And the brick program.
Looks like that paint job was desperately needed - I am all for that. May be unpopular but I don't think board is all that bad either
I liked the idea of a marquee but it looks sort of like it is uncomfortable where it is placed. If it, you know, could feel uncomfortable.
I'm glad they're repeating everything, but they do need something on the boxes. They are just too damn plane.
Solid blue is nice to me. Keep it simple and clean. Enjoy the design and the architecture of the building and focus on the product on the field.
I was expecting it to be tastefully done, but when I drove by it the other day it was quite the eyesore. Maybe I'm getting old...
I'm not in love with the marquee, but to say that it "completely destroys" all the other renovation work is a bit over the top. It's just a sign. It's closer to the road than to the stadium itself.
That looks fucking heinous. Tell me again why this was needed?
Yeah! Shame on him for trying to get people to go to the women's soccer game or the men's tennis match!
That thing was put up to attract people to get their butts over and support some of the "non-revenue" sports. Thus generating revenue and making money. Michigan athletics is a business. Could they have made a much better one in a much better area? Hell yes. I hate the way it looks, its size and where it is with it cluttering but there is a need for it.
They should have put it at the Southwest gate area where the police always crosses people on gamedays. Pioneer is diagonal from it and it is a 4 way intersection. Perfect.
Michigan Athletics is a business? it's all about making money? Or is it about putting sports teams on the field to compete with other schools?
There lies the crux of the culture clash that seems to be at the center of the Dave Brandon administration. Dave Brandon sees dollar signs, not student-athletes. It's totally transparent. Is it part of his job to make money for Michigan? Sure it is. At the same time, when that money is made by nickel-and-diming the fanbase, by selling out the University's traditions and culture for another big payday, when Michigan becomes a "brand" instead of a university... We've crossed the rubicon. We're one step away from a dancing furry mascot and we've gone so far that people will actually defend it, as opposed to running Willy the Wolverine out of the freaking stadium in the late 80s.
Let's face it, a gigantic video screen advertising non-revenue sports isn't going to do much to make money for Michigan. At the end of the day, non-revenue sports may get marketed up the wazoo, but they're always going to be low-draw events. That's why they're "non-revenue." Let's call it what it is.
Exactly, regarding non-revenue sports. As a staff member, I can get into all of those for free and I still do not make it to nearly as many events as I should. Stupid of me? Yes, because I am missing out on some great events. The appeal and draw just isn't there for most people
But it is perhaps a little too big. The placement isn't bad, but those who say the angle of it seem a little off are onto something. I don't hate it, but it could probably be a little better.
But council members complaining about how it looks in the "neighborhood" are just shaking their fist because it's between stadiums and a golf course. You'd really have to be stretching to see it from any house. I'm just surprised anyone could find Teal and Hiigins to make a comment. Must not have been at a council meeting.
There actually was not a small bit of outcry when this was announced, but since it's on University property, there was very little anybody could do about it, especially City Council. Michigan gets a lot more leeway to basically do whatever they want, surrounding city residents be damned.
It's athletic campus on one side, golf course opposite, Ann Arbor Pioneer and a cell phone store (never figured how that prime real estate went to that) down the road, and a bridge the other side.
But then the city is about making sure it keeps its "character" but not letting signs like the drive in beer depot go back up because they're too big, but a half dozen towering apartment buidings are fine.
Um, the Drive-In Beer Depot sign is back up, looking better than ever after a full restoration...
Yes. I'm aware. And it's back up. So what's the problem?
Where they'll rubber stamp any new high rise monstrosity that actually DOES change neighborhoods and the design of the city with half as much bureaucracy.