My oldest brother has never been to the Big House! We are going tomorrow!
Question: What should his game day experience include (he is 57)?
1. Watching football
That would be a legendary first time at the Big House.
One way to encourage -- GO BLUE!
Must worship the all mighty noodle
All glory to the hypno-noodle.
head downtown after get some food talk about the win.
tailgating or bar hopping before the game?
Check out the whole stadium because there's lots of great signage and what not. BUT, eat and drink before you go, because that stuff is EXPENSIVe in there. Once the game begins, he should WATCH the game.
Apart from that, anything is good. May I recommend pre-game giant german beers at Metzger's? A one liter stein of Warsteiner light is just the thing.
If he's never been before, one thing I have done when I've taken friends or family is just walk them around the place to get a sense of how large it really is. If you get there early enough, you can go in and out of various sections and just soak in different views of the stadium before you take your actual seats. Watch a bit of the warmups on the field too, I would say. As others mentioned, the football too.
this with 2 of my buddies that i took to the 1st game of the 2007 season... my one buddies eyes lit up as soon as we walked through the gates... we left at half time (only time i have ever left a game early) because we all pissed off and needed to drink more beer...
Not sneaking in, underage drinking, and smoking "dope". As impressive as underage drinking would be at his age, I don't think it would be a smart decision. Though if you were smoking "dope" it might take him back to the days of when he was underage...
In all seriousness, tailgate, walk-around to take in the scene, spin the cube after the game, eat at one of the many great Ann Arbor restaurants, and just enjoy the game. And don't you dare leave early. You leave at earliest after the clock strikes zero and the final snap has concluded. You leave at latest when the kick you out after taking in and digesting the game day experience long after most others have left.
Walk around; take it in; eat and 'stuff' before the game; and stay until you absolutely have to leave . . .
I have never left something that I paid this much money for -- early!
He does smoke . . . any designated areas?
No smoking anywhere in the Big House or technically anywhere on campus. U of M is a smoke free campus.
That's a pretty public venue for your brother's "first time". I hope he doesn't have stage fright (nor the lucky girl, for that matter).
Walk the campus a little, even if your not there to party it's also fun to walk down and see all the kids partying, also checking out the band on Hoover before they march to the stadium
If the sun is out it will be hot. Dress accordingly.
It better include the noodle.
Yeah... Like rent a crane and rip it out of the ground, then send it to East Lansing.
Is the drumline show in front of Revelli maybe 2 and a half hours before the game, although that time may be wrong. Someone else could probably provide more info.
Seeing pregame and the Band taking the field is pretty special. I kniw I'm biased, but others seem to agree.
Saturday, August 31
10AM-12 Noon Rehearsal
2:10PM Percussion Step-Show
2:40PM Inspection on front steps
2:50PM Leave for stadium
3:05PM Arrive at Stadium
3:30PM M Band pre-game
3:42PM Kick-off vs. CMU
Get drunk and show up in the second quarter.
- Zingermann's for breakfast.
- Walk around the tailgating areas between 10 AM and 2 PM to take in the atmosphere... the blue lot, the golf course, Pioneer. maybe catch the pre-game band show on the steps of Revelli Hall.
- Get into the Big House early to walk around the concourse.
- Be in your seats in time to watch the band pour into the stadium through the tunnel.
- Watch the team run onto the field and touch the banner
- Enjoy the 300 yards rushing and 40 points we are going to put up against CMU.
The website tailgatersteadotcom has great gameday information.
Blazefire is dead on. Take in the stadium.
My recommendations for the first-timer:
• By 1:30 p.m., from Gate 1 left stairway (east side, at the tunnel), watch the players and coaches arrive to the stadium locker room. Gates to Michigan Stadium open at this time also. I recommend walking in immediately after watching the team arrive.
• Enter stadium at Gate 1 and begin taking in the enormity of the new construction on the east side. Note the old art deco style “michigan stadium” letters (all lower case) over Section 1 entrance into the bowl straight ahead. These letters, and the corresponding letters over Section 23 entrance on the west side, came from atop the former press box.
• Take a peek inside the bowl from Section 1 or Section 44 entrance. While there, note the section of chair back seats at midfield at the top of the bowl on the opposite side. That area is the footprint of the former press box. Note the spatial differences between the location of the old press box and the new sideline structure.
• Heading back out of the seating bowl to the concourse, walk from one end of the east lower concourse to the other, noting the signage of former Michigan greats along the outer wall. At the southeast corner of the lower concourse is a display of the Michigan High School Football Coaches Association Wall of Fame.
• By way of the north end or the south end, walk around to the west side of the stadium. Along the way take in the special inlaid bricks at each of the four corners (entrance gates) of the stadium and the corresponding “plazas”.
• On the west side, note the shields mounted on the exterior wall of the lower concourse identifying each of Michigan’s 11 national championship teams.
• Again, above Section 23 entrance, note the “michigan stadium” letters.
• From either the southwest tower or the northwest tower, take the public stairway to the upper concourse on the west side. It is the ONLY space from within either sideline structure available to the public. This space, being above the last row of seats in the bowl, provides a vantage point of the stadium never before available to fans. Be sure to take in the breathtaking view at the northwest end (above student section) of downtown Ann Arbor. It is exceptional!
For this seasoned Michigan Stadium veteran, these are my first-timer recommendations.
Have a great day. I certainly plan to.
It is a pretty special campus and I think for a first timer going to see the campus even if its for 30 minutes of walking around first will be fun. Even if its just walking from Michigan Union to the Law Quad to the clock and the diag area - just soak it in.
Jefferson and brother?