This is behind a Rivals paywall. It says that Michigan and Notre Dame are in discussions about a night game at The Big House in 2011. Some are even saying that it's imminent and will be announced in the next couple weeks.
Possible night game @ The Big House
Let the caps lock yelling begin!
OH YEAH!!!!!!! LET'S BREAK OUT THE RAWK MUSIC TOO!!!! WOOHOOOO!!!!
But seriously, this would be amazing if it turns out to be true.
Heck, when it gets later into the season, most of the games play into the evening. Sounds good to me.
if that's true, i'm buying my ticket now.
If it's true, I'm starting my tailgate now.
What's a night game without a drunk and disorderly?
Which is why it won't happen.
I bet they got a lot of hits at Rivals though.
That would simply be awesome.
I thought the world was suppose to come to an end in 2012.
Then the world better not end until 2012
AAA--you wanted some updates, right?
I'll believe it when I hear confirmation. This isn't going to happen. It benefits no one financially and is a huge pain in the ass for the city.
You don't think ESPN wouldn't up the ante and help take care of any extra expenses to make this happen? We're talking Michigan and Notre Dame in what would be the first ever night game at the Big House. This would be historic.
No, that money is going to the SEC. Seriously, especially because neither team is a guaranteed power in 2011.
Who invited Debbie Downer? I mean seriously why all the smugness. It might happen, it might not. I would like it to happen and I do believe it benefits some people financially...the ones selling their tickets for double what they would have if it was a day game.
Either way...I would love to see a night game in AA!
It's St. Patricks Day...grab a beer. I think you could use one.
What makes you so sure it's so unlikely to happen? It's not like we haven't played in a night game before. I think the recent absence was mostly due to the stadium renovations taking place and the difficulty of bringing in lights, but I could be wrong. A football Saturday is a pain in the ass for the city regardless of what time the game is at.
I don't remember the last planned night game in Ann Arbor. The MSU game just went too late.
The school won't sell any extra tickets for a night game and the TV contracts aren't going to pay the Big Ten more for having a night game. The city has to deal with more tailgating time--which means longer hours for police overtime in very difficult budgetary conditions.
I think it would be really cool, but it doesn't make sense financially for the school or the city.
It would be about image, prestige, recruiting and revitalizing the fan base.
somebody neg-bang this guy. he's being too logical.
You were completely opposed to the idea of the World Cup coming here for that reason, right?
110000 people show up regardless for Michigan games. No one shows up if the World Cup doesn't come to town. Plus international visitors buy hotel rooms and meals, which largely doesn't happen for the mostly local football crowds.
"Plus international visitors buy hotel rooms and meals, which largely doesn't happen for the mostly local football crowds."
I think this is why it would be a good reason to have a night game. Most out-of-town visitors (like myself coming from Chicago) travel in the morning of the game, and sometimes leave after. No sense in renting a hotel room if I have plenty of time to drive back to Chicago. If it was a night game, I would be more inclined to purchase a hotel room and stick around for the partying after. It would also allow more time to tailgate, get hammered, and buy useless merchandise and extra food I wouldn't normally purchase. Michigan has a lot of out of state fans (unlike MSU), and a night game would definitely benefit our kind.
The only thing that could make this better...
...is if it was under the lights at The Big House.
...never get tired of that one
the next 5 games, Matthews totaled just 1 catch for 14 yards. that, my friends, deserves a "Yo!"
edit: "Yo!" - as in - Yo, why'd they stop going to Matthews?
Watchin this can make ya want to hibernate between seasons sinply to get back to the season again. Under the lights would be toooo awesome>
oh holy hell....
RAWK music? check
Night game? check
MAIZE JERSEYS SMOKE MACHINES AND GIANT WOLVERINE HEAD TO RUN OUT OF????
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I just snorted out loud.
thinking of getting one of those giant wolverine heads for my backyard.
There have been several UM - ND night games in South Bend. The first was in 1982. I attended one of these in 1986. It was a nailbiter, with Michigan prevailing 24-23. One of my favorite games ever. I couldn't find my friend Mike (with my ticket)and was stuck. (for you youngsters, this was prior to the time when we all had cell phones.) Someone at will call had pity, and gave me a free ticket in the Michigan player family area. It was a great seat, and a wonderful game.
This happens to be a great time of year to consider a night game. I have to agree with Brian that it can be pretty cold at night in April (cf. Spring Game.) But early September, on a warm Fall day, would be the perfect time to consider.
I was at the '86 night game in South Bend until the security guys asked me to leave because me, my Anthony Carter jersey, my inebriation and my mouth were somehow inciting local fans to want to attack me.
And they made me leave the stadium.
Night games in South Bend suck.
2011 night game vs ND in Ann Arbor? Perhaps I ought now start figuring out how to get on Big House security patrol...
...payback will be sweet!
Gave me goose bumps all over again...
I was going to stick around and get some more work done but now I feel like having a beer or two (or four)...
It would be too late for the “old people” (I don’t mean by age but the ones who get pissy when you stand up on third down) to come, give us all day to booze, and the stadium is done... Just thinking about it makes it too loud in my head.
I hope it seriously isn't too late for the old people, or else we'd have a lot of empty seats. They're not going to not buy season tickets just because of one night game.
this would be great. the big house under the lights... and against notre dame? that would be amazing, not to mention the great recruiting tool it would be
I hope they do at least one night game every year
to properly do a night game at the big house.
Huge game, early enough in the season that it'll still be warm out... Ann Arbor would definitely be rocking. I think there might even be an influx of other people to AA just to be in town the night of the game.
You don't do it for a second hand opponent, only a national game. This would be great, and well worth the cost of putting up the lighting.
Hello ABC Primetime game! It's been a while since Musberger has been to the Big House.
Keith Jackson comes back for this one!
Not really, but if he did...?...Whoa Nelly!
If there were a night game in AA against ND with Keith Jackson calling the game...........I would go so far as to say a football environment couldn't get any better (with the only exception being substituting ND for OSU).
I get back to A2 for at least one game every season and I will be there for the first night game without a doubt.
There is a different feeling in there when the sky is pitch black. Maybe it was because of how they finished, but the walk back to campus in the dark after thrilling OT victories over PSU and MSU were amazing. Really hope that this is true.
go a long way towards restoring the national impression of that rivalry.
Plus, if we pan out this year like I expect us to, and Brian Kelly is the same coach at ND that he was at Cinci, that could be a HECK of a game.
OMG OMG "THE NEW MICHIGAN ERA HAS JUST BEGUN!"
[sarcam] -- I'll believe when it's official. Though exciting prospect.
Everybody is talking about what an incredible atmosphere there would be. What better way to impress recruits?
the night game but we better be wearing maize jerseys.
now that's just crazy talk... what would be better than seeing yellow streaks in the night sky caused by Denard running for a 50 yard score???
It's certainly a more complicated thing for the city to deal with than having a game at Yost, but I haven't heard anybody complaining about that. On the contrary, it's being treated like a wonderful novelty that everybody's being encouraged to attend. The only difference is that it's not a night game. I really don't see what the big deal is for one single night game every season or every other season, especially if it's early in September. If the game starts early, then the problems of the geezers navigating their Buicks home afterwards are a bit lessened.
My thoughts on this:
Blackout Jerseys here we come!
Can we also change our fight song to some overplayed 80's hair metal song?
We should get one of those cute, furry little mascots like Minnesota's Gopher.
The entrance banner should have advertisements on it to make quick cash.
The #1 should be assigned to Jack Kennedy because as a rapper he is number one.
Standing in the stadium should be outlawed for the down in front crowd.
Finally, our helmets need to be solid blue with a maize block M on the side.
its amusing when old farts piss themselves simply because Michigan is going to attempt something new and exciting.
I was being facetious.
A night game between Michigan and Notre Dame at the Big House would be simply amazing, I would try to get tickets for that right away.
We'll all be witness to the most successful "Maize Out" the world has ever known!
OMG! You have Goliath! In your avatar! I love Knight Rider! +1
This talk pleases me. But seriously guys, where was this enthusiasm last year about this? Last year around this exact time I suggested the very same idea would be a good one and got a lot of hate! This was the BPE (Before Points Era) of mgoblog so I didn't get "negbanged" but I got quite a bit of hate. Yes I realize the petition and maize jerseys were stupid ideas and I have matured since then, but I knew this was a good idea all along. Check out this thread from a year ago:
Maybe my future was wrong.... 2011 is not right.
GBW and the Beaver confirmed the talks are happening.
Not to be a debbie downer, but I've always heard that the city doesnt want night games from a public safety point of view. A huge number of people tailgate on the golf course, which, at night, is a big, unlit area that could easily become rife with crime.
That said, under the lights at the Big House would be sweet. The '05 Penn State game ended under the lights, and that was one of my favorite games during my 4 years there.
We'll see what happens... I like new ideas, but I also don't like the RAWK completely, and Maize jerseys will never happen. there was talk in 2006 about reversing the helmets (Blue wings on maize helmet) for the 1 vs 2 OSU game... and as soon as it was made public so was the info that the idea wouldnt happen. Our home jerseys are perfect. Tweaking the gameday experience is one thing, messing with perfection is another.
I heard the public safety thing as well the last time this was mentioned. I have a few thoughts on that though. First I will state that I do not live in a big city so I may be way off base.
I think the public safety thing is a bit of a joke honestly. I mean, the thought that because a game is at night people will all of a sudden become hardened criminals when ordinarily they are law abiding citizens is strange to me.
If the game ends in the early evening you still have 110,000 people leaving a stadium, many of them drunk and with ample opportunity to committ various crimes as the leave.
I realize that drinking can cause some people to do things they wouldn't normally do, but I haven't seen it turn law abiding citizens into hardened criminals looking for any opportunity to assault a person who crosses their path. They may piss on a lawn or litter.....maybe even smash a beer bottle on the ground, but put public safety at a significantly increased risk? I just don't see it.
Again, I am a small town guy who only visits big cities frequently, so I could be way off the mark.
I don't think the 110,000 fans from the game are the issue. I think the issue is that the "usual hardened criminals" in Ann Arbor will have a better opportunity to commit their crimes. I mean, if I'm a thief, at 9pm a bunch of cars on a golf course would be pretty easy to break into...
Again, I don't really know whats going on, but that's my understanding
Even if that is their rationale I am still not buying it. If a guy is looking to break into cars (and he is a career criminal) he will find the cars to break into.
Criminals committ crimes whether there is a football game being played at night or not. That has no effect on their actions. For this reason I think you may be wrong about what the concerns surrounding this issue are.
It seems that if "public safety" is really the issue, there is something about having a football game at night that significantly increases the risk to the public as opposed to games during the day.
From what I read the last time this issue was raised much of it was referring to the prolonged tailgate gatherings and more time for people to get drunk.
My arguement is that drinking doesn't USUALLY turn normal law abiding citizens into dangerous criminals that put public safety at risk. It does lead them to make questionable decision to a degree, but not normally ones that would endanger others.
My question is how does a game played at night increase the risk to the publics safety? For me I just don't see that it does.
Having been a college student before, I would go as far as to say that I (nor any of my friends) wasn't any more dangerous to the public whether I was tailgating before a sporting event, sitting in a bar drinking or walking down a street at 2 in the morning hammered out of my mind.
"Criminals committ crimes whether there is a football game being played at night or not. That has no effect on their actions."
I agree that a significant decrease in public safety at a night game is unlikely. And I also think that if it where likely, it is not a reason to not have such a game. But to argue that context has no effect on level of crime, that criminals are robotic, taking no heed of their environment, is ludicrous. This argues against nearly everything ever learned in law enforcement. Crime will likely go up, but so should police patrol (foot, bikes). It is not reason enough to not have the game.
So we could have some police patrol the golf course during the game. I mean, colleges and towns have night games all over the freaking country in way worse areas than the rough streets of Ann Arbor. All UM and Ann Arbor have to do is ask other colleges/towns what they do to prevent this sort of thing from happening.