I'm excited about the lacrosse upgrades. I really can't wait until M is competing for championships in lacrosse.
RIP Ferry Field, Cliff Keen Arena
Kind of a head scratcher that it's going to be outside. The map of South Campus shows that Oosterbaan Field House most likely will be gone too. So where are they supposed to play in February and March when it's snowing?
I don't think Brady will be too pleased letting them play in the Glick.
Not sure what you're looking at. Oosterbaan still appears on the map right next to Schembechler Hall and the football practice field.
"Commemorative" parking space honoring that donor who most exemplifies the spirit of Jesse Owens and Fielding Yost parking their Model-T's. A donor who gives an extra $10,000 will be able to park in this, the only covered spot in the lot, designed like Yost's locker; i.e., a "spike on a wall," as Bo put it. In addition, the donor will receive a parking pass with a special patch on it with the logo "550-0."
What's that you say? International competitions? This is really going to help us recruit with the big dogs like MSU.
They recruit wookies for shotput.
I'll miss having a track to go run on. Ferry field was a convenient distance from the south campus housing area.
Regents Field was obviously not preserved because nobody really thought anything of saving anything back then. It stood where Schembechler Hall stands today though, so It's fitting that the team practices on the grounds that the Point-A-Minute teams rolled.
I just wish they would leave Ferry alone. It's the oldest athletic facility on campus.
Frankly, I just don't see the point of putting in a parking lot. Even with the athletic complex expanding, there is pleanty of parking for daily activities. During game times, there have always been a parking problem, so what's prompting this?
The site could be used as a local training facility for many other varsity or club sports.
It's just sad to see a historical place like this get paved over just so a few extra people don't have to hunt for parking.
I have a huge emotional attachment to Ferry Field, having known and seen the old original concrete stands on the south side of the old football field. It was like seeing the Coloseum in Rome for a young kid with a football in hand on a fall Saturday.
And I have a preferential attachment to the infield of the track, as the last remaining semi-public green space on just about the entire South Campus.
And it is really too bad to relocate our outdoor track from a genuinely historic place in that sport, to a place that virtually no central campus student will want to walk to.
But I gave this some thought over the weekend after my initial emotional reaction. It is unfortunately probably an imperative for Dave Brandon to do this. There could be and should be a monument to Ferry Field and its history. The old gates are already preserved next to Weidenbach.
We need the parking. Football parking is crummy in Ann Arbor. Only Madision, to my knowledge, is more strapped for good game-day parking. We need the parking for hockey, and for baseball and for general athletic campus utility. Victors Club members who have been dramatically downgraded in terms of parking priority by the Champions/Blue Lot reconfigurations should be getting better options, for all that they have been giving to the Athletic Department.
Just please, Mr. Brandon; make it a nice parking lot. This won't be a Target or Meijers. It will likely become a focal point for valued alumni and visitors attending all sorts of sporting events. If you could use it to generate some interest in baseball tailgating or (brrr) hockey tailgating, to benefit those sports, all the better. And please don't make it an excuse to build something else there after the asphalt is dry. You get a pass on this one just because the need for parking is so acute.