Man that is all awesome news. Thanks for sharing all this insider information.
Notes from today's event staff meeting (Stadium capacity to 120,000, "keep the red out", yellow cards)
Is it too late to apply to be on the response team? Do they get tazers?
That night game is gonna set the tone for every night game any sports team ever plays in the history of mankind.
Unless we fail the test. Then it gets taken away.
That's exactly how I read it. DB is the fun father...until someone screws up. Then it's back to strictsville for everyone!
and he won't be angry so much as he'll be disappointed
I too was at today's meeting. Brandon also made it clear that there will be measures to make sure the stadium environment is "enjoyable for everyone" - which I take to mean more staff and more cops to make sure the "knuckleheads" (Brandon's words) don't ruin the game for everyone.
However, like it's been pointed out, if things don't go smoothly, night games will be few and far between, if at all.
Are there really that many knuckleheads? I have been to nearly 50 games and have never had a problem.
Probably making extra sure for this first night game.
Hoke has said hes not a fan of night games and if were winning games ....what Hoke says Hoke gets
If we beat ND at night, Hoke may become a fan of night games ;)
If OSU fans can pass the night game test, any fanbase can.
Have you forgotten? The OSU administration has VERY low standards. DB, Brady Hoke and U-M expect more.
Shouldn't that be "in the future of mankind"? If the night game could set the tone for games already played, that would be miraculous indeed!
this is MICHIGAN for God's sake!
If you're going to go all-time, that night game might still take second fiddle to the Priscus v Verus match of 80 AD that was so good that at the end Titus awarded them each the wooden sword, and declared both Victors. Both men got to walk through the Colosseum's Gate of Life.
Kind of hard to beat a game remembered for nearly 2,000 years.
And the first win-win situation.
Heh. I love it when I get the "wooden sword."
It's good to hear that DB is trying to keep Nebraska fans from getting too many tickets. Although I'm glad they're in the B1G, they would definitely try to take over our stadium...
"The Stadium is no longer open to the public on non game days."
Still think this is pretty ridiculous. I'll miss that steps workout.
Jane Fonda is more than willing to fill that void if you have a VHS player.
Yeah, but Fonda dont have a motor in the back of her Honda.
I hope the night game does go well. The atmosphere is so much better for a night game that I would love to have them every year.
Apply it to osu too. If I never hear "O-H-I-O in the stadium again it'll be too soon.
Guh. And that accent. Some trollish wench screamed "gaaahhhhuuuu aaahhuuuu-haaaauuuyy-aaahhuuuu" (read: go ohio...), in my ear for 3 hours straight 2 years ago.
You're from Toledo. Must you speak like you're straight out of the ozarks?
my thoughts exactly
That would be great if they could test the scorebords for all weather conditions in August, but I would I be ok with them just keeping the webcam up throughout the testing.
I hope part of 'tightening ticketing channels' and partnering with stubhub includes flooding the Nebraska stubhub market with prime seats for low dollars in Sections 45 and 46!
One night game a year is more than I'd like. When people get home at 3:00 in the morning on Sunday, I hope the enthusiasm is diminished.
They might have been able to sell 175,000 tickets to an ND night game. But if the Stadium is expanded to 120,000, will they even have a sellout, for Western? We don't have parking for 100,000, let alone 110,000 or 120,000. Mr. Brandon; tell us about the Master Plan for parking. Please.
Thank you Ero Gant. This post's detail is terrific; especially as regards the ushers/event staff. I have zero doubt that Dave Brandon reads MGoBlog; that he understands things like the "Down in Front/Up in Back" fights. And that he wants to take preemptive action to keep things cool.
Media parking improved: Too bad; I was hoping that Media Parking would be moved to somewhere close to Rynearson Stadium. Or Spartan Stadium.
IMG is the company that does the seat cushion business. Are they in already? I know the program is a "go." But I didn't think that they had been installed yet. If they are in already, could somebody please post a picture?
They are right next to me now. When we win, it's fun to hear them silenced, but when we lose it makes it worse.
I wonder how long it takes to expand bleachers and if it's just something that can be completed in one offseason.
I'd love to see some mock ups of the stadium expansion. Does this mean the stadium will be in 2 levels? If you keep expanding to the level of the scoreboard you'd definietly be way too far from the field.
Oh ok, so i'm also assuming that the south end will get an exterior facelift, like the sides. I'd love to see us top osu's rotunda exterior.
That looks awesome (and nice job on the rendering)...empty. There looks to be a few hundred obstructed view seats. Very curious as to how it would be done to insure no line of sight issues.
but forgot to render the nearside scoreboard.
It only has 4 posts, and our current scoreboards have 6.
My tickets are bought and paid for. Thanks for sending me that code so I could buy them direct last Monday. (I understand it's difficult to figure out which UM alums are also NU alums - this one slipped through.)
I'm looking forward to seeing everyone November 19!
Welcome to the Big Ten. I for one, am glad you guys are here.
I knew that coming here for graduate school would pay dividends.
Best of luck to you, sir, and should be a great game!
The yellow cards have a unique number on them to increase demand by memorabilia collectors?
I'm pretty pumped to get a yellow card for the ND game so I can frame it along with my tickets.
Could someone explain to me what these yellow cards are exactly?
It there's a guy in your seat, and you bump him, he'll often fall down in apparent agony like someone just shot him in the kneecaps. The stadium staff will come and card you, at which point the guy you bumped will get back up like everything is fine.
Just be sure you don't bump anyone in the luxury boxes... that's a penalty kick.
Are the Red Cross response teams going to be armed with the patented soccer "magic healing water" squirt bottles?
I just hope Massimo Busacca isn't on the Response Team. I would hate to get a second yellow card for no reason and get kicked out of the most important game of the season.
So the stadium won't be symmetric? I guess I don't understand the reasoning of expanding it on the South but not the North.
Also, didn't Yost originally build the stadium saying that it could one day hold 300,000 fans? I feel like we still have a lot of expansions ahead of us (yes, I know it's absurd to think we'll get there, and I don't, but there will be a lot more expansions IMO)
DB, Let's close in the north end zone first. We need sunshine on the field, especially later in the year.
Maybe 300,000 people back in Yost's day.
Now that we're all McDonald's lovin, Twinkie eatin, corn fed fatasses you can cut that number in half.
And the luxury boxes likely killed any chance of reaching 200K
Let's hope the night game goes good, so I can attend one in 2012 or 2013. Not even a prayer of attending this one. Will be watching from a bar in Texas
Beware the wrath of John Pollack.
In addition to his exploits at Tienanmen Square, I heard he is singlehandedly responsible for the Arab Spring as well.
FYI I was also at the meeting today.
"No number retirement due to large squads and number sharing issues."
Brandon also made the point that retiring a jersey and retiring a number are two different things.
"ESPN put together a financial package that makes the 2012 vs Alabama game MORE profitable than a home game."
He also mentioned that the 2012 game has helped recruiting, pointing out that the first game that the recruits might play in is at the Jerry-dome, on prime time tv. I'm personally not a fan off the off-site game thing but I see how such a spectacle would be attractive to recruits.
My goal is a complete set of yellow cards from the Notre Dame Game.
he should be trying to keep the ohio state fans from taking over the stadium as well as nebraska
uh tsio fans also wear red.... the issue was raised when someone in the audience mentioned the unfortunately large tsio contingent in the last meeting. He however then went on to talk about Nebraska fans and how they will travel from Nebraska to away games - without tickets - and try to buy them at the games.
does the athletic department plan on handing out shirts for the night game to make it a TRUE maize out?
i love seeing other school being able to pull it off but michigan never can get a solid color outside of the student section.
granted there are alot more poeple but even penn state does something sweet during the white outs.
Yeah bright yellow cards of which none are identical and have "This is Michigan" on them? Sounds like something that a lot of people would strive to get...
Was just about to say that. I want one!
you are correct, the only way to get a true maize out is to hand out shirts...way to hard to get 115,000 people to remember to wear maize that day.
This growing concern for how many opposing fans show up is becoming pretty humorous. I wonder why Brandon thinks it would be such a big problem this year.
I know, I mean why would an opposing fan want to spend a lot of time in another fanbase's domain anyway?
I guess brandon didn't get his letter out soon enough, already have my tickets. Just need to find an excuse to wear red now......
I suppose turnabout is fair play. After all, I DID sit in the middle of the Notre Dame student section (with my student ticket) proudly donning my maize and blue.
You may pass. Enjoy the game.
Please feel free to wear red at that night game this year (less green of course, and maybe we'll be able to spot the Irish!)
Walk down Michigan Avenue in Chicago, on a weekend in July. You will know, absolutely, who the Cubs are playing that weekend -- the Cardinals, the Dodgers, the Reds, the Brewers -- the opposition fans are out in full force. A trip to Wrigley is on their bucket list. And they come to Chicago, to spend some money.
I don't think it is such a stretch, to put "Michigan Stadium" and "Wrigley Field" in the same bucket-list category.
I see it as just business. Not a gang war.
And the last thing I want is to connect the Wolverines to the Cubs. The Cubs are a long way from contending, and aren't very good. Not something I want for Michigan.
So they will actually hand out the cards to the unruly fans?
While t shirts would be nice to create an amazing maize out, do they ever do anything like towels or pom pom type things for all the fans? I know they do that elsewhere.
They handed out maize and blue pom poms for the '97 Ohio State game.
I sure wish they would hand out towels for the ND game
never making it out to simply wander into the stadium on non-game days now that I no longer can, but it's for the best. Idiot vandalism is at an all time high.
Thank you for sharing this. I will not likely be able to attend any games this year, as I am in exile in Iowa currently, but still interesting stuff.
175,000 fans?! I hope I live to see the day. Man, that ND game is gonna be sweet.
I sure hope I live to the day when Yost's dream comes true. That will be a special day.
DB confirms: design completed for filling out bleachers to top of scoreboard in south end. Capacity will raise to 120,000. Opponent tickets will be up at top next to scoreboard.
Sounds good to me! Give 'em the nosebleed seats.
I'm curious to see how this will look building around the scoreboard
..mimic the brick facade they have built already and continue it to the scoreboards leaving an opening for them. Im not the biggest fan of expanding the exhisting bowl. If we want to create more of a homefield advantage, in terms of intimidating facilities and volume level, I would love to see a second deck at the endzones that incoorporate the scoreboards and create a structure that contains the sound like the new side suites do. If anything it should be symetrical or it will look funny, imo.
yellow cards!..love it. that is only going to make it rowdier unless your a season ticket holder and you might want to comply.
cant wait to see the renderings!
"one man!, goodbye!!, Hello Heisman"
Be sure to buy lots of concessions and merchandise, because when db says "successful experience" he means "makes gobs of money."
I hate hearing that--it's Nebraska's first season with the Big Ten; their fans willing and eager to travel, and they are CLAMORING for tickets. They're nice people--all the delusional insanity of OSU fans but with better manners. I can't wait to hear what they have to say after visiting the Big House. So I can see making special efforts to keep them out in the future, but this year, let 'em come!
/cornhusker roots showing
That said, there can't have been an issue with Michigan indifference towards that game. It's not like it's easy for Nebraska fans to get tickets, special AD efforts or not.
it was just incredible how well they did that. And the mustard yellow was all the same correct tint no less. Nobody just threw on their "close-enough" yellow rain poncho at the last minute. I don't know if we could be this organized.
Enough with the night game, people are starting to say “Wolverines are afraid of the dark” and we all know it's not true, right?
Did DB mention anything about how much the new expansion is going to cost?
so I didn't see this earlier. Awesome stuff, thanks for posting.
really believe that they spent all that money on lights to only have ONE night game?
Sounds like a pretty hollow threat from DB about not having another if the people dont behave.
Does anyone... really believe that they spent all that money on lights to only have ONE night game?
No. You're thinking about it all wrong. There will be more night games; I personally just hope that they are very few and far between.
In the meantime, having lights in Michigan Stadium just makes it more usable around the clock and throughout the calendar year.
If groups rent out the Jack Roth Stadium Club, they will want to look down on a lit field. If we have more hockey games, we are likely to need lights. If our kickers want to practice placekicking in the winds of the Stadium, they might need lights. We need lights for lots of 3:30 games in the later fall, in any event.
The building of the two concourses really directed the inclusion of the lights. First, the structures gave us a place to put lights. Second, the structures themselves sort of interfered with where temporary light cranes might otherwise be placed. And finally, the multipurposing of the Stadium and Club areas directed that we will need lights more often.
So, the lights are there for good reasons that do not end the debate over more night games. I don't like the idea of anything other than extremely rare (once every two years is more than enough for my tastes) occasions. And I think that after people experience a night game, and getting home at 3:00 Sunday morning, there will be much more opposition to more night games.