Looked pretty good from Kezar Pub in San Francisco! Handful of other die-hards were there watching the game.
Stories/Impressions from the Big House 5-0 Big Chill Victory
I posted this in the thread below, but thought I should share it here too. Here's the finale of the fireworks...hopefully I can upload the other two videos I have of the fireworks show in a bit
I wasn't there so the BTN's story/impression of the event will have to do.
Was there a pre-game flyover? I was watching for it on TV but didn't see any coverage . . .
Yup. And it was awesome. Being the huge bomber, it had a relatively speaking slow swing over the Stadium, a big beautiful black bird gliding (not so loudly) over us. Another bit of awesomeness today.
Yeah i was amazed at how quiet it was
It was the flyover to end all flyovers.
The bomber flew in from the south, and I was sitting in the south end so I couldn't see it coming. But I knew it was coming because the north end of the stadium could see it coming, and the roar from the crowd at that end kept getting louder and louder as the bomber got closer. The bomber made nowhere near as much noise as the old WW2 bomber for the UConn game, but...wow, it's an incredible sight.
Yes there was. I've never seen one in real life and it was quite a bit larger than i expected. Pretty cool....
the back porch of my house...I dragged my 9 year old son out to see it...he thought it was the coolest plane he's ever seen!
Pics coming in a few. Impressions:
- I was in 26/26 in generally had good view of the action (pretty much from the corner, right behind the band). I was more towards the 50 for Wisconsin, but didn't feel like this was an enormous difference
- The people in my section didn't know/didn't do a lot of the chants, but whatever
- The lights are amazing and night football games need to happen more often here after Notre Dame next year
- The fireworks were great and a nice touch
- The Big Chill (movie) tie-ins were great, if underappreciated, I think (go see it if you haven't!)
- It really wasn't cold at all until it got darker, and even then it wasn't terrible
- Couldn't have asked for a better time, and this needs to become a tradition, it'll be good for Michigan and college hockey
Not too cold (not really cold at all), no rain (or snow). And Kasdan being there was was kinda cool. I could have used more Empire Strikes Back or Raiders references for him though. ;-) I'm just glad they didn't use the clip where those whiners tell Bo not to choke till the 4th quarter...
Overall, it was a blast, and the game was perfect. All of the ushers, and I believe even the announcer, kept saying see you next year. It seemed like this will become some sort of tradition, but I'm just basing that off of the entire event staff saying "see you next year" as we left. They may have just been saying it in a happy new year sort of way, but I really don't know. For those of you that didn't make it, I hope there is another one planned so that you can all go out and enjoy it, too. Go Blue!
I think they said see you next year because this is the last event in the Big House til the spring game.
But they have to do this again. I don't think it should happen every year, because we all might start taking it for granted. But I'd recommend a Big Chill every four years, so each class (students and players) get to experience it once during their time in AA.
And I'll repeat: have the Wings play the Habs next time. But section off some of the poorer seats for that, so it's indisputably a larger crowd for the M game.
Ads on zambonis and the boards are pretty standard. There are ads along the boards and on the zambonis at Yost, so, I think those were UM hockey things, rather than a Wanting-ads-in-the-big-house thing.
I said "not only on the boards or Zamboni", which, I kind of expect at hockey, but over everything, and particularly a LOT on the scoreboards. It was the latter more than the former. But I probably didn't point it out enough.
Which actually, as Dave probably wants to hear, didn't really bother me all that much. I just know it's going to get under some people's skins, and as a fair assessment, needed to be mentioned. I bet Brian has something to say about it Monday.
Ah. I was watching on tv (Atlanta) and I figured those were digitally added to the feed by the fan crew.
Man, th ads would drive me nuts. ITS NOT MICHIGAN I TELL YOU WE ARE MICHGIBLLARGHLG
With the lights, suites, night games, etc. will come advertising in the stadium. It is inevetable.
A good corporate CEO like DB can not keep staring at that big plump cash cow and not eventually milk it. It's what he does.
Don't worry, it will be "subtle" advertising *wink*.
It was to be there. I watched it on BTN down here in Raleigh and nothing could have ever made it better than it turned out to be. Holy shit! Can you imagine the football recruits digging this stuff? Wow!
Here's a slideshow of my pictures from today (again, section 26, row 26). Sorry for the numerous shots with people's heads in the way--I'm short. Not apologizing for the huge number of pics, though. Enjoy!
A quick teaser:
Also, OMG SHIRTLESS moments for Kevin Koger and Darryl Stonum. The team was sitting in the student section corner and seemed to be loving it. I have no idea how Koger managed that for most of the 2nd period and intermission...it was getting cold by then.
Mid-way through the first period some of the guys (Demens, Stonum, Koger, et. al) made their way down to the front of section 28 and from then on they were having a great time. It's kinda cool how they got to go to a game in the big house. They kept trying to start all the chants, the wave, and getting on each others' shoulders. It was pretty entertaining to watch all around.
Really? In my comment below I mention that it wasn't really all that cold. I was assuming you were actually wearing clothes. Those guys are tough. And crazy.
They all gave away their letterman jackets to the ladies around them almost immediately...which was followed by relentless flexing (demens)
Yeah, Darryl got up and started the wave during the second period.
when we tried to cross over the wave, the east side of the stadium struggled. Also, was that the slowest slow wave ever?
Also, it was very cold. I wore layers, but my feet were gone mid way through the second period. Awesome event.
Please make annual or semi-annual
But if they did it every year, it would become commonplace, and not sell out. I wouldn't do it more than once every 5 years or so. Maybe after we add more seats in the endzone.
A lot of people were there for the novelty of it. They won't keep coming back.
When they held Slippery Rock games at the Big House back in the '70's, they got 60,000+ for the first one. For the novelty of it. By time they had the second one, attendance fell way off.
I would still like to see some non-traditional events at the Big-House every year or two. The trick would be to mix it up enough to keep people coming.
Can you say Michigan Soccer on a narrow pitch?
the wave was started way too early. I wanted to focus on the wave, but the score was still 2-0 halfway through the second period. Probly why it didn't do so well. We should have waited until the third period (and the score would have been at least 3-0, a comfortable third period lead.) I noticed a lot of the football players were gone during the third period, at least in section 25 where RR, GERG, and DRob were sitting.
Overall a fun game, nice to dominate FYS. Even the refs added insult to injury and disallowed the only puck that got by Hunwick. The right call if the play is dead when the net comes off its moors. There were some bad calls but not too many penalties overall, and they called about the same number for both sides.
Advertising was annoying, I lost count of how many times the announcer said "The Arby's Big Chill presented by Buick". Hopefully not a trend.
I got really mad about that, and thought it was some freshmen trying to start it like when at a football game this year, we started the wave too early and when we were only up by one score (I was livid).
I didn't know it was the football players, that makes it better I guess since they just wanted to have a great time and be part of the crowd for once. But not only was it the 2nd period, where we were only up by 2 points...
It wasn't even halfway through the 2nd. That's like doing the wave in the 2nd quarter. Also, we had a penalty. That's like doing the wave when the other team is in the red zone and not making noise. I know we dominated on PK and PP, but seriously, we were shorthanded...
Again, I'm not as mad anymore, but I refused to participate in the wave due to the circumstances.
It was great to see us beat State at the Big House! I loved the game but I still prefer the energy of watching the games at Yost.
I agree, M-Wolverine, I was pleasantly surprised at how good the view was. We were in sec. 22, row 38, and I didn't get the expected impression that the players were 1000 miles away. Fireworks were awesome, crowd was good, weather was hockey-appropriate but not too cold -- what can I say, I loved it!
[Edit] And, oh yeah, the result of the game wasn't so bad either . . .
Even more fun than I expected!
Agreed. I was higher up in the north-west corner of the student section and the view was amazing. I loved the last words of "See you next year".
For whatever reason, I wasn't into the whole "hockey in a footbal stadium" thing. But, my buddy bought tickets, so I went. I am really glad I did. It was great. I was in Section 38, row 82 and I could follow the puck well. Shots were kinda hard to follow, but the players' reaction let you know if they went in.
It wasn't too cold. Dress warm and tough it out people. (I have lived in Michigan pretty much my whole life, so mid-30s don't bother me that mich.)
The advertising was there. It wasn't in your face, but the Meijer 3 stars of the game, and the Arby's goal shooting contest in the first intermission let me kinda "meh." (But wanting a jamocha shake.)
The lights are great. IMHO, the over brightness some have mentioned was due to the reflectiveness of the ice as viewed from the stands. No problem for football.
The only negative was that I was buying a hotdog when the flyover happened. FAIL!
FWIW - After the fire works, the announcer thanked everyone for coming to the "inaugural Big Chill at the Big House." He then said, "See you next year." If they want to do this every year, I'm in.
Why couldn't the Wings and the Habs have played there last night?
Brandon said in his post game presser maybe every 4 years....
Because Gary Bettman sucks as a commissioner and doesn't jump on great opportunities. Mike Babcock was stated saying he wished the Wings would have played outdoors, sounds like the are pushing for a game at Comerica in the future.
That is all.
I was a little dissappointed with the lack of students participating in the hockey cheers around me, but that was to be expected. Tempation was always a mix of goalie-sieve and you suck, but when sitting in the nosebleeds with freshmen who most of which have never been to Yost I guess that was ok. Closer to the field it was probably better. By the end of the game the goal count chant was pretty strong though.
And I agree on the party atmosphere, hell, someone even snuck in a blow-up doll and passed it around like a beach ball.
I will not be happy if I see Curly Fries, Belle Tire dude, or any other corporate mascot patrolling the sidelines in Michigan Stadium in the future. I can survive for spring game or even the Big Chill but never for football.
I guess I can live with some of the signage but didn't like when the announcer did ads over the loudspeaker or interupted the gameday experience with advertising. The passive stuff I would tolerate as long as we can ditch Curly Fry dude
...that the price of each advertising sale will generally increase according to scarcity. I hope he keeps Michigan football games ad-free. If he allows advertising at The Big Chill, or even at the spring game (or at a soccer game or a Wings/Habs game), he'll be able to charge top dollar.
He's already said he won't put any ads in the Big House.
He said he's been to other stadiums that have ads all over them and has spoken to our fans, and hands down we don't want them and he said he'll respect that.
I wouldn't be that excited. He is a meh 3-star, with a FAKE 40 time. Also, look at how short his legs are? I did hear he is a grity player. A best a project. I assume he will redshirt.
Did anyone else find the strip club advertisements behind the planes flying overhead slightly strange? (they may or may not have sparked an argument between the couple that was next to me)
100s of beautiful girls and 3 ugly ones was a favorite between me and my dad. Until it got awkward that we both knew the other had been there.
They actually haven't allowed personal aircraft to fly above the stadium for football games for several years (probably since 9/11). I'm surprised they let it go yesterday.
Do you think they worded the regulation just for football games, which would make hockey games exempt (till they change it)? Has anyone been to any recent graduations (other than Obama or other President-types, which would have been on lockdown at any time), did they let flyovers go? Because I can't figure out how all of a sudden there are planes and helicopters everywhere.
Which gives you 20,000 mgopoints.
Which begs the question, do people with 20,000+ mgopoints even care about mgopoints?
My fiancee got kind of angry at me because I know where Landing Strip is.
We live in Plymouth 10 minutes from the airport, how could you not know where it is?
*hangs head in shame*
Because before 9/11, those types of planes used to fly around all the games. People who started attending after that, it's a new experience.
The Deja Vu banner flew over the stadium my freshman year (2001) and after 9/11, planes couldn't fly over the stadium during games so you saw it less and less.
i was certain that the stadium would be 80-90% full and the student section would be half full. i was so wrong. it was awesome, the stadium was pretty well packed.
it was beautiful to hear 113,000 people yelling "SIEVE SIEVE SIEVE SIEVE"
EDIT: did anyone see wholbergs FG kick celebration after he made it 5-0? maybe he should kick in the gator bowl
the attempt at the Spartans post penalty chants were amusing. I did think the crowd got into it hard. Louder and more synchronized than some football games. At the end, the whole stadium got the Sieve chant after goals.
Wholbergs field goal kick was awesome. Priceless. I am dying to see that again on youtube.
I barely caught that and need to see it again. Thought the Sparty to his right was going to clock him. Been going to hockey games for a decade now and never seen a goal celebration like that.
I would have wound up on my ass just trying it.
used to make the rounds of the stadium a lot in the 80's.
I have looked at several Big Chill threads and haven't read anything about problems with the TV feed. I'm in Arizona, and with about 7 mins left in the game, the screen froze and went black until 10 minutes past the hour (football postseason show was on). Good thing was I got to see all of the goals. I know there are other Arizonians here....did your feed cut out as well?
Great atmosphere, didn't think views were that bad at all (Sec 10, Row 54). All in all it was a great time and it was nice to send the Sparties home pouting.
they had to have made a mint off this.
from what i understand, hockey about breaks even. (which is far better than most sports on campus)
I think the argument that claims they should do it once, or it will become less significant going forward, is bunk.
It's worth trying.
Could be a yearly holiday tradition.
They could schedule ND, Wisky, OSU or even BC next time.
But you had a lot of people buying tickets because it was going to be the biggest EVAR, which would normally. If you do it every year, you'll probably have more empty seats.
It would become a lot less meaningful to do this every year. We'd end up with Spring game-sized crowds.
I live in Colorado, but bleed blue. It's great to hear the first-hand accounts. I was really glad to have a quality feed from FSN (or something?.. not really sure). Lots of fun to watch, especially when we win so convincingly.
From faceoff to fireworks, it was just so much fun!
I'm saving most of my thoughts for tomorrow's dear diary column, but there was a moment when up 5-0 that I leaned back against the back section 44, turned to my sister's boyfriend, and was like "Mike, tonight, life is good."
I went to all three outdoor games Michigan has played.
The Cold War was cool because it was the first, but the lighting and sightlines were pretty awful.
Madison was dismally cold and hopelessly boring, not to mention just atrocious ice.
This had the best mix of everything. Fun atmosphere that made you forget you were freezing your ass off at a hockey game, an obviously good ice surface, good weather, good sightlines, it was just flat-out fun. Also helps that we finally won one of these damn things... Really, though, a top-class event. Amazing.
The only complaint I can lobby is the absurdly insane amount of advertising. If this is a taste of things to come in Michigan Stadium, not interested.
We left MSU with a tie at THEIRS, and left 'em with an ass-whipping at OURS. Wanted to win the biggest hockey game ever. Much like how nice it was that (somehow) MSU this year didn't have more people than U-Conn (*wink wink*). now we just have to hold off on widening the seats till Nebraska/OSU come next year.
My favorite part of the game was the celebration after the 5th goal... The simulated field goal kick! Pure awesome. I hope a video of this gets posted. My second favorite part was the "0" under the visitors on the scoreboard... i can dream right?
"Guys, don't cash it in yet. State's only down by a field goal."
"Holy hell! We've held them to zero yards of offense!!!"
We didn't make it in quite on time because of how packed our enterance was, but that allowed me to snap a picture of Denard Robinson who just happened to pass by from about 5 feet away, riding a golf cart, big smile, dreadlocks flowing. Then we get in and see the amazing setup. And the game. And the chants. And the dancing in the 2nd period (what is that song called anyways?) And the stadium at night. It was a surreal experience. The guy sitting next to me, when flashbulbs were popping late in the night setting, turned and said "I could just die right now and be happy."
he must be hurt.
Sombody start a rumor quick.
To be out smiling with his peeps instead of watching himself on TV being named to whatever All-American team ESPN was broadcasting at the very same time as your sighting. (It's posted elsewhere, but they invented a new category for him: "Offensive Back.")
I Can't Turn You Loose is the song. Longest I've ever seen it played, around 8 times total, whereas it is usually at most 4 times.
A ball. As a bonus, I met Obi and Mouton, up in the club seats. Told them congrats, great that they led M back to a bowl game as seniors.
Also met John Beilein up there. You know in person he looks about 10 years younger than he does on TV? Great day all around
Michigan is a very special place, as 113,411 found out today. When we play a hockey game outside, we break the previous record. Break is the wrong term....we obliterated the old record by about 35,000.
I almost had the feeling someone wanted to throw a winter party. If so, they succeeded admirably.
I also think we are seeing a slightly different direction in how the "Michigan product" will be marketed.
As for the lights...very cool. I counted them during the Wiscy pre-game. 72 at each of the four corners...288 in total. I thought the way the lighting was done was unusual and should be effective. It seems much better than light towers and should reduce shadowing.
And we crushed little brother. Always a cause to celebrate.
Man, just reading these stories make me sad that I couldn't go. I missed out on great history and a great environment. Hopefully they will do this again.
Overall it was perfect! the game itself, the morning, the stadium, the fans, the music, the band, the fireworks, having a video board to actually watch replays....it all was amazing!
big props to the athletic department for knocking this one out of the park...this will be a day I will always remember
I was 10 feet from GERG, RichRod, Denard, Fred Jackson, and all the recruits (I may or may not have yelled to Anthony Zettel to Go Blue). They all looked to be having a good time; I was surprised by how many "bodyguards" they had around the group. Additionally, they had all-you-can-drink Tim Hortons coming down the entire time, and I was extremely jealous.
I have pictures, but unfortunately I can't upload them straight from my computer to mgoblog...and I don't have a flickr or similar account.
Of course, great game and atmosphere as well!
I had an absolutely wonderful day. The weather was about as perfect as you could ask for. We had a nice tailgate with friends before our walk across the empty golf course. (It's kinda creepy when it's empty....especially in the dark.) We were a little later getting to the game than we wanted (gosh it gets crowded over on the side) so we missed the teams coming out but we saw the B-2. The game was a lot of fun. We had students who knew the hockey cheers and dances right by us, which was great. Even the people who aren't hockey die-hards did pick up the cheers. The "Goal count Ready" video was a little weird, but it did work. Just now watching the replay on Big Ten, and you can REALLY hear the croud giving it to Palmisano. The fireworks were fun with most people around us singing and dancing along. (Brian was sitting 2 rows in front of us, but he left before the fireworks and missed out on the good show.) As I said earlier, the walk back across the empty golf course was a little creepy, but the post game tailgate was fun and more than made up for it.
To another Michigan victory! Go Blue!!!
Not enough Morrissey played to the beat of the explosions, I guess.
Yeah, sorry about the non-energetic goal count video. The athletic department was pretty picky about what "looked okay" in the video, which meant the normal 'screaming really loud' method wasn't kosher, so by the time we got one that was "calm and clear" enough it felt a little awkward.
Oh well. At least I got to hang out on the screen at the Big House 5 times.
Just wait until you walk around on campus on Monday. You'll have more tail comin' at you than you ever could imagine!
Like the OP, I was surprised at the ability to watch the game. We were row 54 in the corner and I saw 3 of the goals go in the net without the benefit of replay. So, that part was great.
The entire production was also first class (minus the advertisements), so that was also an A+. The flyover, the fireworks, the introductions during intermissions, etc were all great.
However, I was extremely disappointed in the game itself. At almost no point during the event did I feel involved in the game. I don't know if it was the lack of noise, the distance from the ice, or the lack of a pure hockey crowd, but the atmosphere made it a "meh" sort of event for me. It seemed to me like it was a have-to-be-there-to-say-I-was-there-and-oh-yeah-there-is-a-hockey-game-too sort of thing. Almost an event for the sake of an event.
I'm sure being in control most of the game helped, but it just didn't have that overriding tension/worry that being at a football game does. At no point did I feel like puking. Can't say the same about the nervousness of football games.
the crowd reception when Nard-Dawg hoisted the the Silver Football. Great day all around
As a college hockey fan, ignoring my association with UofM, the event jsut keeps getting better the more I think about it. While I was there it was just another hockey game except it was cold and I was with people who tried to "you suck" temptation. But now a few hours later while I sit and try to write my final papers, I can't stop reading the coverage and smiling about what an event it was for college hockey.
is the most common rumor I've heard, to try to keep it special and to use in recruiting, if you play for UM Hockey for 4 years you will get to do this once.
Not so often that it just becomes a regular game, but still regularly.
Those who stay will play in The Big House.
Wow, the corner glare shadows in the middle thing talked about in the open thread is NOT how it looked in person. It was all glaringly lit. Bad camera adjustment (at least on FSD).
(Note: I went to the game much more for the opportunity to bring my son to the big house for an event rather than watching hockey. So, not much related to the actual game in the following)
I brought my two year old son to the game, and we had a blast. We were in line to get in our seats as the flyover happened, so that was a bummer, but otherwise everything went as well as I could have hoped for. We were in Section 21, row 51, but could pretty clearly see what was happening on the ice:
The first set of fireworks scared my son a little, but the second and third (we left right before the 4th goal as it was getting darker and colder) had him really excited and clapping.
I'd say we spent about 60% of the time in our seats and 40% of the time running around the concourse. My son really liked the band and anytime people were cheering, especially the goal count chant. He also thought the eagle statue was the best thing ever made, and was staring at it so intently my mom had to tell him she had treats in order to get a picture.
As we were leaving our seats and all the way to the car he was yelling "Go Blue Hockey Game" to anyone nearby, and got a lot of go blue's in return. Overall it was a great experience and I can't wait for another fun/cheap opportunity to take him back (football games can wait until he is old enough to care).
+1 for cuteness...him, not you.
I'd say my feelings were hurt if I didn't agree so wholeheartedly.
Oscar the Grouch. +1, little man.
do they make them for adults? i want.
They do, but looking at the price I need to write a nicer thank you card:
I got the Down in Front folks. The passive aggressive kind. They were sitting right behind me and making snide comments about "proper stadium etiquette" (direct quote, I swear) and "this isn't a football game." The deal was the woman never actually had the guts to say anything to anyone though. She just sat there and made comments to her kids about "poor manners" and shit like that. Designed of course so we'd over hear them.
At one point I was tempted to turn around and point out that the 50 rows in front of me are standing, thus I'm standing because I want to see the damn game. So if she wants me to sit she should go down to Row 1 and work her way up. However when I started to turn I caught sight of her husband sitting there with an "I wish I was dead" expression on his face (or alternatively "I wish I'd left the bitch at home" look). Figured I didn't want to make his day any worse so I kept my mouth shut, squared my shoulders and spend the first period standing right in front of the woman. She left at the end of the first period and was never seen again. The husband then stood, perked up, cheered and even high fived us all after the goals.
Our concession to human decency was to arrange it so the short girls were standing in front of the kid so the kid could see over them. Ms. Proper Stadium Etiquette got the two six foot tall guys parked right in front of her.
Because we looked around the Stadium, and the people I were with expected to be able to sit more at the game (they had walked with me to the Stadium to save on parking, and the walk plus standing, with their elderly dad making the trip), but they saw EVERYONE standing....but like one section that everyone was sitting in on the corner.
For the record, they didn't complain...just with not as many tv timeouts as a football game, or breaks in the action (plus the fact that with the sight angles, it helped to stand) they weren't expecting it, used to the more up/down nature of a football game. It didn't hurt that the four seats in front of us were empty.
But at this game, there just weren't THAT many places for the "down in front" crowd. Lucky you.
I was in the NE Corner of the stadium. So if that is the corner you're thinking of, yup.
But not my section...so that was the one we saw. It really looked like the only section in the whole stadium sitting.
Awesome atmosphere, great game, and incredible experience. We did it bigger and better than anyone else and the hockey team just seemed to have a great time with it too. I had season hockey tickets when I was at U of M, so it's great to see other fans get to enjoy the best hockey experience and team in the country.
I think the highlight of the game for me was right before the fourth goal... In Yost, the hockey crowd spells words and asks what they mean, etc. So during the power play in the 3rd period, someone started spelling F-O-R-E-P-L-A-Y and asked what it ment. Obviously it ment We're gunna score and literally two seconds latter, Michigan scored. Did anyone else have the same experience I had? This happened near the front of second 27.
Yes!! The guy standing RIGHT next to me started this chant! It was epic. He also made like 500 copies of all the hockey chants/when to do them, which was awesome. It totally helped, our section was super loud!
Yeah it was... I actually started the cheer and passed out the sheets. I was just trying to see how far the cheer reached just out of my own curiousity. I really don't know how to top a cheer than what happened yesterday. It was fucking awesome.
You're also the best Blues Brother Dancer/Leader ever!
Thanks... That was very hard to keep screaming as I kept cracking up while doing it.
I was really doing of all that because I wanted to have at least my section act like a really large Yost crowd. I think it was successful.
I was so proud of the win, of the event, of the turnout and of the stadium. What an awesome night! Also, on the way out I saw Lloyd Brady and (creepily) got a picture. (I also posted this in the infamous Lloyd Brady photoshop thread.)
Today I was PROUD to be A Michigan Wolverine...Folks here in Atlanta were
talking about it....The Publicity and the Impression of Michigan was amazing!!!
I have to say, as much as I see people poo pooing the announced attendance, there weren't THAT many gaps in the crowd. I think there were one or two spots along the outer edges and that was it. Maybe 5,000 less than capacity AT MOST. Student section was packed too.
Best of all, there were almost no sparties :)
Agree on the advertising being a bit of "testing the waters" so to speak. Though, I recall an interview with Brandon from back when he was first hired, and he specifically stated something about how they've done market research on the fan base and the main thing that was most important to the fans was "no advertising in the Big House." We'll see how it shakes out but I think he appreciates that sentiment -- he's at least aware of it. Choice events like this, with the whole larger-than-life and world-is-watching feel to it, the marketing fits in pretty seamlessly. Anyway, you gotta pay for the rink and fireworks! But I don't think it would be as palatable for a regular-season football game.
As for my personal stories, I gotta say I was impressed by the turnout and the good view. I was up in the club seats -- sipping rarefied air with the aristocracy for a change, looking down upon the plebeians who were inevitably having a more raucous fun-fest than we -- and had an excellent view of the rink. A bit of improvement could be made to amplify the rink-level noise, as the lack of sounds from skates and sticks and so on diminished the engagement in the game itself, but the four corner mics did pick up some quality noises. The biggest disappointment was that Palmisano never took off his mask... I was really itching to do the "Ugly Goalie" chant. Clearly, he did not want 110,000 negative appraisals of his looks.
Hearing so many people do the chants was just plain frickin awesome. I got to teach the people around me some of the more ... polite hockey chants (I omitted the litany of profanity in CYA), and young and old alike had a lot of fun joining in, yelling at the goalie, and asking how much time is left. I would be interested to know how well the chants could be heard on TV. Major props, also, to the band for the most epic Blues Brothers dance eva!
B2 bomber was amazing. Surreal, really, the way it glides through the air. Reminded me of a manta ray. And so quiet on the approach. Certainly a far cry from the old B-52s I used to see in air shows.
Overall: A+, big win for M hockey and Dave Brandon, and all who got to see it.
I know everyone will have their opinions on this aspect, but I know one good thing that came from it. While tailgating at Pioneer, they had an Arbys truck handing out free roast beef sandwiches as well as Famous Dave's giving sausage and shredded beef. I was stuffed and didn't have to pay a dime for food. Also echoing everyone's comments, my whole experience at the game was awesome. Had some State fans getting bitter towards the end saying things about the football team. Think their something all of the sudden...man do I hate those guys!
the MOST ATTENDED HOCKEY GAME/MICHIGAN STADIUM EVENT in history.
Not just that - it was the most-attended non-racing sporting event in U.S. history.
Today's weather came a day early?
That could have been a disaster. It might have been kind of fun at the game itself (though not for the zamboni operators), but to have 100,000 fans driving in this weather would have been a nightmare.
1. Michigan win.
2. Fly over was cool.
5. Organization was excellent.
2. See 1 above.
I didn't think the advertising was too bad. The Arby's Big Arby's Chill and the Arby's Big House (ARBYS!) was a bit much, but the random ads on the LED boards seemed fine. Nothing permanent, but cycle thru a few ads.
I was kind of surprized they let the Casino ads in tho
One word: Awsome, I have absolutely nothing new to add than what others have said.
Just that it was a perfect weekend and if this type of "night game" experience is what we have to look forward to for ND next year, wow have we been missing out.
This is probably my 8th or 9th partaking of a Michigan sport. All previous others were for football as a 3 hour drive is hard to do for a 2 hour basketball game or hockey game. It was by far though the most fun we have ever had at a sporting event. Everything was done perfectly and they should be darn proud of themselves for putting this on. Even if they had it every year it probably would never come close to being as awesome as the original. Hell they even printed up the tickets in such a way that they would be collectible and maintain their freshness for years to come. Bravo.
After a 4 hour ride home Sunday (thanks weather) I turned on the BTN broadcast and saw that the guys we tailgated with were shown in the very beginning. A perfect day all in all.
Way to go Michigan for doing things that these jackholes in Ohio could never come close to.
Now go enjoy your free Minnesota NYG game at Ford Field tonight!
I wish I lived closer.
But if anyone didn't get Sports Illustrated this week, there's a two page spread of this-
In there. Probably suitable for framing if you didn't want to pop for the U's poster costs.