I'm excited about the whole project, but wow. Talk about the end of an era.
Stadium Renovation Update: Goodbye, ol' press box
I like how the music to go along with the slideshow sounds like a New Orleans funeral.
The traditional jazz funeral song, immortalized by the Bond franchise...
Was there ever any discussion of auctioning off chunks of the press box? Seems like there would have been plenty of interest, and I know I would have snatched something up.
Q: Do you plan to sell or give away any discarded parts as mementos?
We do not plan to have any discarded materials available that would be suitable for public distribution. Before demolition of an area, we do work with qualified reuse centers to capture any usable fixtures, etc. Opening up this process to the general public would be beyond our available resources.
Well that stinks, so much for that. Thanks for the find.
What I don't understand is that they cite "available resources" as the issue with opening it up to the general public; however, the project budget is $226 million.
Many amazing calls came out of that old box.
I'm going to miss the art-deco lettering the most. Great photo from MVictors:
is being saved. I think I heard that on a game broadcast this fall.
Yes, the lettering is being saved. I had inquired mid season what was being saved as I thought they might save the "blue" bricks and auction them off as memorabilia, but apparently those were unfortunately destined for the dumpster. Any items of note, which sounds like there wasn’t much were going to be saved.
I can't remember where I read this (probably somewhere on this board!)... but I saw somewhere that the iconic "Michigan Stadium" letters were going to be preserved, and perhaps used somehow/somewhere in the stadium. Take note that they've been removed in that annarbor.com photo... so they must be doing something, else they'd have bulldozed them with everything else. One can hope, anyway.
I heard they're going to be put outside the stadium above an entrance. It's just going to be rough to see the stadium shots on TV or the pregame hype videos showing the stadium and not see the lettering.
I though it would be cool to hang them in the concourse. Does anyone know if there are plans to put up Michigan memorabilia around the concourse as they do at the Joe, Comerica, etc.?
There is more than one set of those letters. If you noticed this year, they were painted a brighter yellow than ever before. If you walked around the concourse behind the press box during a game this past season, you could have seen the old (possibly original?) letters sitting in a fenced-in storage area.
press box demolition, Big Ten expansion, football playoffs; you can't fight change.
Up in Football Valhalla
Woody, Bo both sigh
Biggest change in years
Lame duck AD leads the Blue
Bo rolls endlessly
does anyone know where the cameras are going to be positioned on the new press box? i ask because the new press box is going to be much higher up than the old, and i worry that the camera is going to be one looking too far "down" on the field (think osu)
Kinda sad, ain't it?
My freshman year, we registered in person in Waterman Gym. By the time I graduated, registration was computerized, and as I drove out of Ann Arbor to seek fame and fortune, the barricades were in place around Waterman Gym; first stage of demolition.
If press boxes were wives:
It's bit sad to see the drafty old matron finally leave, (she made a great meatloaf)
however, sexy new press box is a screamer!
I may have missed this but what are they doing with the blank spot that the old press box occupied? I assume filling it in with more bleacher seats, no? If so, I think it would be pretty cool to arrange the seats in that spot to form something like "1817" like they do with the block M on the other side of the stadium.
Chairback seats will be installed in that area, which you can reserve for the low, low price (/sarcasm) of $2000, plus the cost of your season ticket.
Ahh, gotcha. Well, then paint up the chairbacks! :-)
I'm on the 6th floor of the grad, enjoying my view of the Big House and didn't realize until reading this thread that there is no press box in sight.
I can clearly see the arm of this backhoe from my perch:
Camera phone/ flickr?
Big House tEXTING.
Sweeping the internets.
Does anyone else remember during the 500th Game that "Michigan Stadium" and "500th Game" were painted on the field in the Art Deco style at the 20s? I think, if done well, having "Michigan Stadium" on the field, in the art deco style lettering, could be a nice touch (I understand and support the idea that people love the clean uncluttered look of the field at Michigan Stadium.)
Actually, one other interesting thing: Michigan and Ohio State are the only two members of the Big Ten, I believe, to not have the Big Ten logo on the field. I wonder what the deal is with that.
Holy cow, that photo is like a punch to the gut.
I'm generally pro-renovation, but that photo made me feel sad.
My thoughts exactly. I'm one to generally lean more towards the traditional when it comes to Michigan football. But when I saw the plans for the first time, I was completely on board with the renovation. But this press box, outdated piece of crap that it had become, was home to some serious maize and blue history.
I will always hear
Ufer's Patton horn inside
Old Big House press box.
I'm curious how they got that excavator in the Stadium where it is in those pictures. Crane? If so, that must have been a hefty crane!
I just hope they can get it out again. That story about the steam shovel buried in MI stadium breaks the eight-year-old little girl heart inside of me. At least Mike Mulligan's shovel got a second life as a furnace!
They dismantled it and put it back together inside the stadium. For a cool quarter billion, that would be a mere drop in the Little Brown Jug.
It is likely, however, they deconstructed Section 22 entrance area and brought it in that way. I imagine this kind of heavy machinery ballet is a lot like newlyweds on their honeymoon in the 1950's: Very tight "work".
I drive by the stadium every day, and haven't seen any cranes. I'm thinking the demo of the press box may have started from outside the bowl (which is now enclosed by the westside structure)??
my brother owns that piece of equipment (he owns rental company for cranes and bigger excavators) -so we were there monday bullsh - ing with contractors and i walked over there(had same idea in my head when i first saw the pic posted above) - that machine flattens to about 8 feet with boom flattened out - they ran it through concourse and out onto platform...and away they went - it's been nice having access to the stadium as things progress, but it's a bit sad seeing it quiet as well...
Awesome info, thanks!
Were the "MICHIGAN STADIUM" letters once painted blue? My recollection is that they were until sometime in the late '90s. I might be wrong, though.