Back several years when they first announced the idea of suites, or "premium seating," Bill Martin and Co. said the effect would be seen all over the stadium, not just in the plush confines for those that could afford to sit there. After walking through the west side of the stadium at the scrimmage on Saturday, I can now say, without a doubt, that he was right.
The "new" Michigan Stadium is simply tremendous for the average fan. There are restrooms everywhere you turn, including at least one that I saw that goes underground (similar to the old restroom underneath the pressbox area). Yes, the walls-as-urinals are gone, but it is huge, and there will be plenty of space for people to get around.
But, to me, the real magic comes in the westside upper concourse, above Row 92. Because it was raining on Saturday, we went up there to watch the scrimmage. We would have braved the rain, but had our 20-month old with us. This may become the best place to watch the game for those with tickets on that side of the stadium. Covered, great view and concessions and restrooms are abundant. Plus, the upper concourse that you can see from Main Street (as well as the similar one on the east side) will pull, the AD says, about 20 percent of the foot traffic from the main concourses. I am guessing this will be a great place for people in rows about 72 and up.
I know he is not in people's minds right now because of the Pimp Hand and some of the nastiness of the NCAA violations, but I have to applaud Bill Martin for a job well done. Whether you were for or against the renovations, they did it right!