In a camelbak, on my back, then anything is possible. But really, it's the last thing I worry about, especially with the snipers on the towers during the games.
How safe are Michigan football games?
Eh the snipers are mostly for show. If anyone actually tried to carry out an attack, there is no way the snipers would have enough time to react.
Terrorism is intended to scare you. If you let it scare you away from doing things you love, then you let them win.
I've been on Boylston Street at the Boston Marathon before (2 years ago) cheering on a family member. I'm not going to let the terrorists scare me away from going back. In fact, I'm more motivated to go back to prove the terrorists wrong (and hopefully some day I can run the damn thing myself).
Not safe at all. You shouldn't go to another Michigan game and should give me your tickets instead.
But seriously, anyone who worries about terrorism has no grasp of statistics. Your chances of dying due to terrorism pales in comparison to the chance of dying from a car accident, or drowning, or foodborn illness. Worrying about terrorism is pointless and is giving in. The media blows so many things out of proportion for viewership and money that stupid people buy into. Children are probably safer today if they are allowed to leave their house alone than they were 50 years ago, yet today no one lets their children out of their sight. Stop falling for this shit, no need to live life always looking over your shoulder.
Whoops, meant to reply to OP
There is nothing in life that IS safe. The only time I feared for my life at a game was when a commercial plane flew over The Big House in 2011. That scared the hell out of me seeing a random plane fly over it.
Asperger's Syndrome will be eliminated as a separate clinical disorder in DSM-5 and merged under the autism spectrum disorders. Just thought the OP should know.
As for security at Michigan Stadium, I have on multiple occasions seen women not allowed to enter Michigan Stadium with large purses. After 9/11, security inside the Big House has been beefed up especially compared to other sporting venues. There are always going to be people who slip through the cracks, but compared to pre-9/11, the difference is night and day.
...when I die, I would want my ashes spread across the Michigan Stadium field. If some terrorist or lone wolf wack job wants start some shit, so be it. They will likely help accomplish my one dying wish. That way, the terrorist definitely do NOT win.
Bane's gone, shouldn't have to worry about football stadiums
More night games means a higher likelihood that Batman is patrolling our shadows.
A couple years ago there was this freak occurrence. Hopefully, stadium security has stiffened since then.
However, I'm not one to live in fear. I won't let those cowards dictate what I do and where I go.
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....about 12 years ago. Right after 911, all eyes were on Michigan Stadium since it would be housing the largest event since the 911 attacks. IIRC, we didn't even postpone the game. We walked on the field 5 days after 911, played Western, beat them like we would have done any other Saturday, and life goes on.
Is right; that was much more concerning.
But the game was postponed; we didn't play Western till the 22nd. An emotional day at that game.
when I think of michigan stadium I first think of how crazy it was when woodson returned the punt against OSU.
The second thing i think of is the moment of silence for the game after 9/11. I doubt anyone who was there that day doesn't think about it at least during the season every year...
And maybe the loudest national anthem I've ever heard too.
But aside from the sub-human spartan trash that overran campus during the Rodriguez years,...It's there or the bathtub man. If its my time, I guess I'd rather go out in the big house.
OP, First off, it's Asperger's Syndrome, named after Dr. Hans Asperger who discovered the diagnosis and most recently folded into the diagnostic criteria for Autism in the most recent revision of the DSM. It used to be it's own illness. I'm sure your relative is an interesting individual with a series of unique, sterotypical special interests and perhaps some social interactive difficulties.
Regardless of illness status, however, you probably should support the guy not to be smuggling items into the stadium. It's dangerous and if he gets caught you'll lose your seat access. Given the situation at Boston and the fact that we all know Dave Brandon creeps the MGoBlog threads then you know this sort of thing will somehow be monitored over the coming year.
FWIW, I find downtowns in most big cities a more immediate threat than showing up in Ann Arbor, parking, eating breakfast at Zingerman's and then walking down to the stadium.
It's only unsafe when people ask questions like this.
but why worry.
Get a good buzz going and there's nothing to fear. Not even fear itself.
The terrorists won the day they banned marshmallows.
You win the thread.
If I'm gonna die and it's not from having sex, let it be watching Michigan football. Preferably the last seconds of a blowout national championship game in 40-50 years
Why not die from both at the same time?
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Woa I had no idea there were snipers on top of the stadium. There has to be some times they get totally enthralled with watching the game and not security though right? I mean come on, I dare you to find one person that didn't have their eyes glued in the fourth quarter of the UTL game
There is risk everywhere. You either assume it or you don't. I'm way more concerned about drunk drivers on game day than I am an act of terror, but if someone wants to commit a heinous act, particularly if they are willing to die in its commission, it is very hard to stop.
Michigan Stadium is as vulnerable as any other facility where thousands congregate. How many food trucks come into the stadium? How far is the Big House from Ann Arbor Airport, to say nothing of the planes that fly around all day with banners trailing behind them? How dense are the crowds trying to get into the stadium shortly before a game starts?
I worry way more about someone tearing an ACL.
The OP's reaction equals a win for the terrorists.
It's ok, I have several Horcrux's just in case of this very thing.
If it did happen, I would hope that all who died got a special place in Football Valhalla next to Bo and Ufe.
Must you be a Viking to go to Valhalla?
Also I wish I could bring my purse :(
Statistically, you have a higher risk of having a stroke while masturbating,(1:125,000) than from a terrorist attack, (1:1,700,000). But, I doubt that will stopp anyone.
Also, 87% of all statistics are made up.
Maybe I suck at statistics but one out of every 125,000 time you masturbate you SHOULD die? I don't believe it. I have to have wacked off at least 375,000 times and I'm still here...
Damn, why did you have to state that? I've got a date with Miss Michigan tonight and now I'm getting nervous.
I'm part irish, hell a lot of people are irish. just doesnt make sense to me, lets mock the fighting irish because of a famine that happened in ireland and people suffered from.
In spite of his condition, he is a racist fuck. His family should be ashamed for not controlling that.
Your uncle really did that? The Irish Potato Famine? Creative taunt, I'll give him that.
because it's a very legitimate question. Michigan stadium is the largest stadium in the US for a sport that sees millions of people attend around the country every Saturday. I think it's a fairly obvious target for terrorists, don't you?
There's security there sure, but I've snuck a potbelly's sandwich in before and I know people get water bottles, fifths, etc in. It wouldn't be that hard to get some kind of IED in there. I am decently concerned
I agree Red, this is a legit conversation. I understand that the odds of dying in a terrorist attack are miniscule, but these stats are talking about day-to-day life. If you try to think like a terrorist (which is impossible for us Americans) a major sporting event seems like an obvious target. High concentration of people, likely national television, and would have a major impact on our lives if we no longer felt safe at sporting events. I feel fairly confident about security during the games, but what's to prevent someone from placing some sort of bomb the night before? I'd hope they'd do a sweep of the stadium the morning of the games, but I have no idea if they do. I do think there are other stadiums that are better targets because 75% of Michigan stadium in underground.
I don't think the OP should just be brushed aside as a tin foil hat paranoid. It is a legit issue that is hopefully being taken very seriously (and it appears it is). I rather enjoy my life and hope to have a lot of it left and don't want to consistently put myself in perilious situations for the sake of "YOLO." All that being said, I certainly plan to be at every game this fall, so YOLO it is.
you can't stand on top of a lightning rod in a thunderstorm and say "There's a 1 in a million chance of dying in a thunderstorm! Whats the big deal?!"
Likewise, you cant go to the largest stadium in America and say "Theres a 1 in a million chance of being killed by a terrorist! Whats the big deal?!" because the odds aren't even everywhere. You're more likely to get killed by a terrorist at nationally recognizable places and Michigan Stadium is one of those places
You and I are on the same page
Are still dwarfed by the odds of getting killed driving to the stadium. My recommendation is to stay home and wrap yourself in bubble wrap, since the odds of getting killed in an accident in your house also far outweigh the odds of getting killed by a terrorist.
This could once again hinder intragame drinking, with the idea that there will possibly be tighter pat downs.
I think the security is interesting to think about. On the one hand, there are lots of rules - no bags, etc. - but it's really really easy to get around those rules. I've been with multiple people who have put sizable bags under their coats and gone in a busy gate, and there is no second look. If you wanted to get something in, it's pretty easy. On the other hand, last year I was in the student section behind a guy that was sitting with his head in his hands for the 3rd quarter, while the rest of us stood, and he appeared to be alone. He wasn't noteable for any other reason. Midway through the quarter, two police officers came to talk to him, ask for his ID, etc. How he was identified among the thousands of people, I have no idea, but they have some way of detecting abberant behavior. FWIW, I think he had a fight with his girlfriend, and wasn't a terrorist - I saw him at a later game, standing and cheering with her.
It is interesting to put this in contrast to going to any concert where you can expect the full pat down.
I get that people are nervous, but just for perspective far more people will likely be killed by a fertilizer plant's explosion in the west of Texas than will this attack. I am not making light of either tragedy, but I just want to point out that horrible things can happen anywhere, at any time, for any reason. Going to a football game is a very safe event, but obviously there are risks beyond terrorism and accidents. You can't live your life in a bubble.