I know this has been said a million times but I just wanted to say it again to make it a million and one. Illinois, osu, psu, Iowa, indiana, Wisconsin, and probably the rest of the big ten teams have all had mutliple night games already. It is not that rare anymore. Is it a logistical thing with the lights? Or just some stupid attempt to hold on to some "tradition" I don't know about? Is there some other issue? I think psu this year would be a perfect first night game, especially if we are 7-0 or 6-1. Man the big house would be rocking! If not this year, do you guys think it will happen once the renovations are done?
Sorry for those of you who are tired of reading posts like this. It's just that it's only wednesday and the next two days are going to go very slowly.
Wow, I didn't realize that most people really were not in favor of this at all. Below is a list of the major arguments against night games I have seen in the comments so far, along with my thoughts:
1) Logistical issues with parking>>> No real answer here, especially in terms of the golf course. My one question would be, have they always had the golf course for parking as long as Michigan stadium has held over 100,000? Also, the golf course could still be used for parking at a night game, just not tailgating. I've parked on the course for a 330pm game that ended when it was dark. It didn't cause too much of a problem.
2) Traffic issues and conflicts with the city of Ann Arbor>>> My only thought here is that if places bigger than Ann Arbor (ie Columbus, Madison?, etc) and smaller than Ann Arbor (Iowa City, Champaign, etc) can pull of a night game, it should not be that big of deal for Ann Arbor to do the same. The town would not be there if not for the University, so I am sure something can be worked out.
3) Cost of renting lights and other logistical things being too high for the athletic department>>> Again, I do not buy this based on the millions upon millions of dollars the AD pulls in every year. Money is spent on things much less logical than lights for a night game (ie hotel rooms for Michigan players the night before HOME games).
4) Night games are overrated and unnecessary for a good atmosphere>>> Nowhere in my post did I insinuate that a night game is required to have a good game day experience or rowdy crowd. I agree that day games in the fall are an incredible experience in A2. Perfect weather, beautiful scenery, etc. But I am not saying that every game should be at night. Maybe, MAYBE one game a year. Is that too much to ask? If you like the day game atmosphere, just don't buy tickets to the one night game. And if you have season tickets and don't want to go, I will be happy to buy your seats. You cannot honestly tell me that seeing the White Out crowd at PSU when they are hosting the ABC game of the week at 8pm is not amazing. What about the huge SEC night games between two top-10 teams? Incredible scenes IMO. I understand the issues with weather and such, but again if PSU/OSU/etc can pull it off so can we.
Overall, I was just really surprised by the negative response to my post, which is why I wanted to respond to the comments I was seeing. Hope my points pushed some of you over to the pro-night game crowd. Anyways...Go Blue (at noon, 330, or whatever time the end up playing)!