because instead of a block M on the front there will be numbers
Dave Brandon Just on WTKA
Talked about the reasons behind/plans for the D-1 lax programs, eventually adding Big House seating capacity to 120,000 by enclosing at least one of the end zones, and that the throwback jersey designs recently leaked onto the Internet are NOT correct
What does he mean by enclosing the endzone?
adding bleachers that would surround the new scoreboards, and go as high as the current east/west structures. Said the first endzone he would enclose is the south side, but would only do it if the ticket demand/waiting list supported the additional capacity.
Also noted he would like to see this done during his tenure as AD.
I just cannot think of a way that such a design would look good. Bleachers as high up as the roof of the boxes? It just looks bad.
I disagree. If you look at what Happy Valley has, they put that massive upper deck on the one endzone, and it looks pretty intimidating, especially if you do it with a deck and some overhang, instead of just extending the bowl. We could do the same thing, and either put the Godzilla-trons on top or surrond them with the seating.
As for doing it for 1 or both endzones, I would obviously love it for both, but I think one could work. We could pile the whole student section into that endzone and it would be crazy loud.
I don't think you can add another deck to the big house. It just wouldn't be right. Adding the luxury boxes was fine, since you could rationalize that those were just larger versions of the old press box, but adding a second deck would significantly change the architecture of the stadium. A large portion of the appeal of the big house is that all 100,000+ seats are in one giant bowl.
He meant extending the bleachers to the level of the new scoreboards. He also mentioned extending the boxes towards the South endzone so one could walk from one side of the Big House to the other without walking outside in the elements.
At least one? If you're going to do it, why not do both?
I have a lot of hatred for schools that have stadiums with something on one end and not on the other.
You must have REALLY disliked the NW / ILL game last year...
Just gives it that Horseshoe feel....
But I really liked those throwback jersey designs.
I say we just enclose the whole darn thing into a big ball of premium seating:
Don't see that one working at Michigan. OSU on the other hand...
hoverseats in the Big House!
Fuck luxury boxes. Why not float to the optimal viewing angle for each play from a recliner powered by anti-gravity. The cost will be minimal, too. Just one baby boy donated to the Michigan Football Training Center located on the moon where future student athletes will begin training prior to learning how to wipe their own asses. Donations not fit to play football will be sent to the dark side of the moon to one of the many dilithium mines that will support the program. All hail the Pimp Hand!
(Anti-gravity technology will also be utilized at the training center to counter the effects of the lower g-forces on the diminutive orbiting rock)
He is completing the first round of testing his Anti-Gravity devices and is looking for a first use opportunity.
"The decision to place seating next to Michigan Stadium's GinormousTron scoreboard may have been financially good for the school, but after the 15th spontaneous combustion event occurring with people sitting near the electricity sucking icon, Michigan officials are scrambling to determine if the heat output from the board may be the cause. In a related story, Michigan physicists have announced they've found a new location for their fusion research center...."
Did he get into why he did away with the Noid? I loved the Noid.
I am sure the "leaks" were a test bubble to gauge reaction. Michigan fans, for the most part I think, have felt relieved not to don some of the hurrendous Pro Combat stuff that has come out.
They "leaked" a design idea to see how well it would sell I'm sure.
they leaked a design idea everyone loathed so they could later release a still-loathesome but not-quite-as-loathesome design so everyone would be relieved and find it much better in comparison (even though it is still a loathesome design and if released on its own would have been handily rejected, as opposed to welcomed as much-improved, see: most marketing since New Coke).
I'm amused by how the News reported this development:
Michigan's football team will not wear a uniform against Notre Dame this season that resembles the uniform that was in published reports last week.
The Detroit Free Press published a picture of a "throwback" uniform and indicated that it would be the Wolverines' uniform for their Sept. 10 game against the Irish at Michigan Stadium.
If you gotta leak something (which I'm not convinced of), at least do it to the Freep so they're wrong...yet again.
Not really. "Leaked onto the internet" seems so generic, so beyond specific blame. It was Freep.com, alone, that claimed to have the sample:
Michigan's jersey, according to a sample provided to the Free Press, will be modeled after the image shown above. A small number also will be added to the upper-left corner of the jersey front, opposite the Adidas logo.
Freep.com, May 20, 2011.
Maybe, not so much. The Detroit Free Press continues to serve as your all-purpose first stop for inaccurate and unattributed news about Michigan football.
Makes you wonder if it was a fabrication to try to find a leak within the Athletic Dept. Far fetched, yes, but not outside the realm of possibility.
...either way, the Free Press took off down the wrong path. Shocking, I know...
Actually, the Free Press reported that the big block M was consistent with what Brian Kelly had himself blurted, out of turn, many weeks ago. And maybe the design was a "possible" or a "prototype" that Brandon wanted to float, for some sort of informal public approval test.
No matter what, the Freep ends up as the butt-end of the joke; they were either wrong, misinformed, or used. Everything except "right."
as against MOAR SEATZ! a waiting list isn't that bad of a thing, especially with a lot of season ticket holders, i would guess being older and the state of the economy in michigan not being very strong. also, the thought of a stadium that is too big to consistantly sell out being invaded by hoards of nebraska or OSU fans at the end of a season makes me dryheave.
Dave, its okay not to constantly maximize profit.
Now, I have to admit, that I was against the most recent Stadium additions when first proposed. Until I saw Bill Martin's Powerpoint presentation of how it would all work. Only then, did I change my mind. But I did change my mind.
So I'd gladly look at real, serious plans.
But I just don't see how this won't look ugly. I think it is all about keeping up with any other school that threatens our attendance-number superiority. Our Athletic Department is obsessed with that, and I don't think that's healthy, for the aesthetics of the Stadium and the comfort of the existing ticketholders.
(btw, if you ask me, the notion of a seat in what would be in about Row 125 of the south endzone sounds perfectly awful. Like watching a game from Lenawee County.)
Brandon's ruse with the jersey saved Medicare
facade to enclose the south endzone would look sweet. The north end zone looks good as it is now, but looking at the south endzone from Stadium Blvd looks incomplete. Why not do an area like Cowboy Stadiums party pass. That way if you did not use the area for seating for a game, it would not take away from the look of a sold out big house.
After the Brandon interview on WTKA was over, and Mark Snyder began to write it up for the Free Press (there will be a story in the Friday paper, it appears), Snyder apparently calls the Athletic Department, asking for further follow up from Brandon, so that Snyder isn't reduced, for the umpteenth time in the last year, to writing a column about what Brandon said to somebody else.
It would, uh, seem that Mr. Brandon said essentially, No, I am not talking to Mark Snyder; somebody tell him that for me... Leading to this last line of Snyder's story for the day:
Asked this afternoon to elaborate, Brandon declined through a U-M spokesman.
LOL. Brandon is not only working the pimp hand; he's now publicly telling Snyder that he can talk to the pimp hand, too. That language is newspaper code for, if you're going to keep stiffing us like this, we're going to start portraying you as stonewalling public official. I love this.