Took the survey yesterday - echo the "surprisingly long" comment. In every single free response space, reiterated just how irritating the piped-in music overkill was, and how situationally oblivious the DJ was. Concluded with "get off my lawn."
Football season ticket holder survey
I'm on the westside of the state and haven't gotten my psd form. Or can it be payed online?
Not sure if the PSD mailing is staggered depending on the seats, so you might take that into account. I live in Washtenaw County so maybe it is mail issue, but I got mine weeks ago. In fact there was an error in how they calculated some stuff and they had to issue a second note - got a phone call from them about this - (this was for some chair back seats). Hope this helps.
It might actually be better to try to pay on-line or if the deadline allows, wait until after the Christmas mail surge.
I live in AA and havn't got mine yet, but this is only my second year with them so I am probably pretty far on the totum pole.
I got mine the week we played ohio. I figured they sent them all that week since that would be the week we would be most fired up to renew.
Especially if you are hoping to claim the deduction for the 2011 tax year.
Because the deadline for processing credit card payments in 2011 was December 15.
Of course, you can still write a check in 2011, and you can write 2012 checks until the 1/31/12 deadline.
There's something wrong if you haven't gotten a PSD form yet.
live in spring lake, got mine weeks ago. probably a good time to call.
On scoreboard meltdown at Nebraska game and stated that one MAC snack cake per season should be enough.
How can you blame anyone associated with Michigan for a power failure that impacted part of the stadium? I thought it was DTE or whomever supplies power who was responsible,. or am I missing something.
But Stadium infrastructure failure.
Note that I didn't actually specify my view of the piped-in music in the OP; I simply noted that readers can share theirs via the survey. The subject of piped-in music has been discussed at length in this space, and there seems to be quite a bit of consternation about it.
Personally, I don't mind the music as a supplement to the band; when used in moderation, it can enhance the stadium experience. It's the selection (see my post below about Fill/Build Me Up Buttercup) and gross overuse that I object to.
The big house would have been loud without piped in music.
scoreboards along with the new boxes help keep the sound in. Thats for sure. People were loud because the product on the field and the new coaches....NOT piped in music.
I will agree 7 Nation Army during ND was loud and appropriate.
It very frustrating watching a pass go up in there air and missing the catch because some kid decides that is the exact moment he wants show his excitement by waving plastic in my face.
they can be annoying but overall I think it looks "cool" to see us all perform The Victors in unison with pom poms
Not as annoying as you sitting down listening to the game on the radio reading your book.
And for the record I stand and make as much noise as possible, but I like to see the game as well.
Completely inappropriate Sweet Caroline playing. But my gripe: what's with te home schedule next year? We have MSU and that's it. That is totally not worth the cost of season tickets.
Sweet Caroline is actually #3 on my list of song annoyances, behind Fill Me Up Buttercup (really?) and the ridiculous overuse of Seven Nation Army. In the 3rd quarter against ND coming out of a TV timeout: okay. Several times in the 1st quarter against Minnesota (so I was told): not okay. I don't want to be Penn State.
I, too, shared my displeasure with next year's home schedule, as well the need to pay $70 per ticket to see the likes of EMU.
Fill Me Up Buttercup??
I do completely agree though.
BUILD me up.
I guess I need to bone up on the list of Oldies That Are Inappropriately and Inexplicably Played at High-Intensity Sporting Events.
It was such a bad choice. We take a lead with a couple minutes left and they play a song that goes, "why do you build me up... just to let me down." Someone should've been fired.
And it's just not a song that would get you out of your seat and fired up. I don't understand the choice at all.
I focused on the restroom problem for guys -- for the first time there is a line in front of the men's room and NO line in front of the women's room -- since the renovations. the food is over priced and isn't as good as it was before sailor bill 'fixed' things. the last thing was the piped in music -- sorry it sucks. the timing and some of the choices are questionable. if i wanted to see a pro game, i would go see the lions play down at ford field.
I did the same thing on mine. My kids practically piss their pants or shit themselves because by the time their little bladders tell them they gotta go you can't ask them to wait 40 min. Not too mention you miss almost a whole quarter of the game.
Which bathrooms? I didn't stand in line once at the bathrooms this year. If it really is a 40 minute wait, I'm sure it's worth it to walk to a different bathroom. The underground one just past the student section is the one I always used.
Get seats high enough that the upper deck is a sensible potty choice.
There's a bathroom not 50 feet from my seat; if I time it properly you wont miss a single play
Before the game, you should avoid the bathroom right by the northeast entrance. That's right by where most fans come through the gates, so of course it gets a ton of traffic.
You can't use the family restrooms? My kid is too old now to justify using those but I thought they should solve some problems for families with younger kids.
This survey has some serious design flaws
1) not able to skip irrelevant or inapplicable questions (ie I walk from home so parking and traffic are nonissues)
2) the question ranking features is so long that I needed to scroll down but could not do so on a touchscreen without messing up my responses
3) scale questions about likelihood at the end unlabeled
But mostly I wanna know why the Athletic Department appears to have spent money on a survey software license (Qualtrics) when the university already has a site license they can use for free!!
If anyone in the ADs office reads this and replies with contact info I can explain how not to waste licensing fees and improve the study results. I am on the b-school faculty and manage this same software program for the b-school.
Why don't u just email DB yourself as a colleague?
Dear Mr Brandon,
I am begging you to allow our band to be heard. Why do you insist on playing terrible music over our band? What did the band do to you? Did a band member beat you up and now it is revenge time? We have the best college band in the world. I would love to hear them more. And when the band does play, the microphone is rarely turned up on-time, sometimes up to 20 seconds after the bands starts to play.
We have a great product on the field, we have the Big House, we have big scoreboards, we have plenty of restrooms, we have the best band, we have the best fight song ever, we have awesome dogs and brats, the soda is usually cold and the coffee/hot chocolate is nice and hot. We have almost a perfect environment, except for piped-in music. Please let the band be heard.
I am not a band geek and have never played an instrument. My children played some in high school. So I am not your typical "band geek". I just enjoy listening to the best band play the best fight song. I enjoy them playing Rocky and Blues Brothers. What is the push for piped in music? Does the UM get a kick back? I like 7 Nation Army. It has become our our montra. Journey and Sweet Caroline are good sign-alongs. Antione Dodson is just plain funny, Eminem during pre-game is nice. Other than these, the rest are annoying.
So I am requesting that the piped-in music be significantly reduced and the band be heard. The band represents all that is Michigan. Please end this practice beginning in 2012. I will then consider buying season tickets again.
Grad Student, Season Ticket Holder, Donor, Supporter of all things UM
pointed out the 2012 schedule is a travesty. I can buy the 3 or 4 games that I will attend from Stub Hub. If I buy season tickets and sell the rest of the games I will not attend, I will lose money. I also asked why do we play Neb and ohio home (then away) in the same year? I would prefer to have them alternate, especially if we do not re-up with ND.
I would prefer to have 1 KEY game per year in Neb or ohio. Moo U is not a key game and I would not care if we dont play them again. 2012 will leave me empty and alone.
I doubt the AD has much influence over the conference portion of the schedule. That was set by the conference, and given the difficulty splitting the teams into semi-competitive divisions (and preserving rivalries, etc.), this was probably last on the conference's list of considerations for each school.
However, the AD does have lots of sway over the non-conference portion of the schedule, and U-M does prefer to alternate ND and MSU. But playing Bama in Texas and ND away meant they should've considered a home opponent with a higher profile than AFA and UMass.
I agree that, in the long run, it would be nice to split up Nebraska and Ohio (assuming they both stay competitive).
It'll be interesting to see if there's a spike in non-renewals this year.
As an old fogey (far side of 50) I understand the students and the band want to hear music they like - so I understand they want to play what is popular now. But music is not written or created in a vacuum, nor are music groups. A classic symphony is assembled to ideally perform classical music so the instrument composition reflects this. A marching band was originally created to play marching music - an civilian offshoot of martial music. So it is far from ideal to play music created to be played by electric guitar or synthesizer. If the Marching Band and the music directors insist on playing contemporary hits (esp. rap and such) then they'll have to work on their arrangements and figure out how to get the theme/melody out from a marching band. It wouldn't hurt once a year to play something from Sousa.
The piped in music needs to be controlled carefully - it is actually against the rules to continue to play music when the game resumes. The current operator seems to cut it very close - during the Nebraska and OSU game, the music should cut off once the teams break huddle but there wer a few times, it wasn't and was still on during a quick snap. This could be flagged and is completely preventable.
The scoreboard is huge but the operators still don't stats and other info regularly. With so many TV commercial breaks, just flashing it up for 15-30 seconds shouldn't be that difficult.
Food is never going to be "great" and hot dogs, burgers, fries and such will always dominate. The power that be probably worry more about sanitation and safety (from fires, scalds and burns) than actual taste.
I teach high school marching band, and I gotta tell you: Nobody gives even the slightest bit of a crap about Sousa marches at football games. You have to play contemporary stuff because you're right next to the student section, the engine that drives your crowd reaction. It would, in fact, hurt them to play Sousa.
If our goal is to move away from the era of "DOWN IN FRONT", contemporary music from the MMB and skillful use of piped in music is crucial. 114,000 people ought to be used as a weapon against our opponents, and contemporary music is part of that arsenal.
In summary, stay home, grandpa.
Not doing marching music once a year at halftime, we have bigger problem.
And if someone teaching marching band doesn't give a crap about Sousa, I fear for today's youth.
the greatest show on the planet every single Fall Saturday. This is a college not a NBA game. There is a time and place for everything. The MMB is the greatest on earth, why not listen to them play?
I agree we have to adapt to the times and I am all for that. However, this is Michigan. Should we allow Dr Pepper ads and the "Lets have a real good time" slogan? Maybe we should sell the naming rights to "Coming Soon, Martin Lawerence in "Big Momma's Big House" or Pulte Home's Big House.
Piped in music is good in moderation, not every single play. What is wrong with letting the band play? I would prefer to hear lady kha kha from the band.
Because it maizes out the stands esp the Ohio game. Otherwise there is too much red visible.
the music that is being piped-in is no different than the music being piped-in at other stadiums. can michigan be different. how about some hard rock/heavy metal, and rap, i.e. metalica, ac/dc, led zeppelin, limp bizkit, eminem, etc. that really gets the blood pumpin and adrenoline going. also AA is not "south detroit," so please stop with journey.
at the little brown jug game i found a mens bathroom that was never busy. it is the bathroom near section 6.
I am kind of disappointed the announcer no longer says "Don't trash the Big House" when he talks about disposing of waste properly. Other than that no other big issues.
I was glad to see they caught my complaint about the food quality.
For anyone who hasn't received their PSD form, call the Victors Club office, and they'll mail or email it to you. As others have pointed out, the deadline for processing credit card donations has passed, but you can still use old-fahion checks and get the 2011 tax deduction. I live in Saginaw, and hadn't received it yet, and hadn't really thought much about it until this thread. I'm glad I called.