In professional sports, there is a quietly growing concept; stadium "neighborhoods." That is, distinct seating areas for families and kids; areas to stand and yell; et cetera.
Today's chapter in that story is the NY Mets, considering a "quiet area" within Citi Field:
Obviously, sporting arenas are mostly used to one kind of stratification; the best seats go for the most money. And people sort themselves out on that basis. Naturally, operators would like to sell everything out for the most money they can, as soon as they can, and that usually means trying to sell "season tickets."
But there's more to it than simply posting a sign and having people wait in line at a ticket office. Team sport operators know that they need to create excitement, atmosphere and a quality fan experience. Usually that means "a winning team." If only you could just snap your fingers and produce a winning franchise.
I'm not recommending anything in particular for Michigan Stadium -- but I fully expect that this general concept is something to which Dave Brandon has given some passing thought; at least as much as an acrylic-fur mascot. College football stadiums are actually the best example of one particular kind of stadium "neighborhood"; student sections. No other sport has such a clearly defined stratification. There are little tidbits elsewhere; the old Bleacher Creatures at Wrigley Field. The Dog Pound in the old Cleveland stadium. I remember going to some English Premier League games in the late 70's and there being some unusual-looking chaps filing into distinct parts of White Hart Lane and Highbury (Tottenham and Arsenal, respectively; which were actually relatively high-class franchises, not generally known as riot-prone).
Are there "neighborhoods" that you might think of endorsing within the main bowl of Michigan Stadium?