Not even close to the same magnitude.
Look how small the cars look. Now imagine trying to find a football down there.
Not even close to the same magnitude.
Look how small the cars look. Now imagine trying to find a football down there.
Pictures always, but always, make things look further away than they are, especially in a stadium.
True, and the photo got squished a bit when it went into the thread.
Even then, the numbers posted below help put the distances in perspective. But maybe the front row seats being so elevated above the field will help sight lines a bit? I don't know, I just don't forsee it working super well.
Bristol is a bowl. It looks like a football stadium only bigger. Some fans will certainly be a long way from the action but the difference between the worst seat at Bristol and the worst seat at Michigan Stadium is much smaller than the difference between the worst seat at Joe Louis Arena and Michigan Stadium.
The only reason they have so many seats at Bristol is that the grandstands are a mile long.
You're probably doing a little exaggeration on purpose, but Bristol's a 1/2 mile oval, and of course the straights are not a full quarter-mile each. Using Google Earth it's about 360 yards from the far edge of one semi-circle turn (on the track) to the other.
Can you see pretty well from one end-zone seat to the other end zone at the Big House? I mean, not awesome, but people seem to fill those seats up regardless. Then you should be able to see alright at the (much more grandly sloped) Bristol. Most people would be seated on the sides anyway. Don't get the idea that Bristol is anything like a typical racetrack. It's a racetrack inside a large stadium, not one with grandstands scattered around the edges. As others have said, hockey : Big House :: football : Bristol. Very logical comparison.
And people will come. These are two of the yee-hawinest fanbases in the country, you think they'll pass up the chance to see a spectacle like that? Michigan's record could be safe not because of the venue, but because there's a better-than-fair chance that those two teams will be horrible by then. Tennessee has been spinning its wheels for years and VT is gradually crumbling at the seams (seen their offense lately?) By 2016 it's not inconceivable these could be two pissed-off fanbases coming off non-bowl seasons.
I'm not a NSCAR fan so I didn't realize Bristol was that "small". Mea culpa.
Yeah, not the same. The Big Chill is Michigan's hockey team playing at another Michigan sport venue. It's still a college game played on a college campus just in the stadium instead of the ice rink. No different than the lacrosse team playing at the Big House.
This, OTOH, is just ridiculous. I'm not trying the claim the record won't "count" or anything, just that it's a stupid idea. The Big Chill is an event that has happened multiple times, and has been copied by NHL teams every year. They do it because there are that many people that want to go watch an outdoor hockey game, not just to break a record. I can't imagine VT or UT fans really want to watch their teams like this.
The game takes place in a wall-less field dubed "Open Earth Stadium." Stephen Ross purchases all the admissions for a penny a each and "donates" them to the global population population.
Offical attendance over 7 billion, the game makes 70 million plus at the "gate," and the band still isn't invited as a cost-savings measure.
You raise a good point. I'd been thinking GA but I'm sure they'll figure out some way to sock the richer European countries with liscensing fees.
A few other points:
We can't play Michigan State because a Spartan riot would have global ramifications.
All living recruits from all classes will be on unofficial visits (so we better win).
If we lose it will be the students' fault.
Intrigued by your ideas. Do you have a newsletter?
Used to be the E3W with Brian...sigh...oh yes...the glory days.
Ah, technically they'll be on official visits since Ross paid for their attendance. Which may be tricky in the legal department.
Great either violations come out of this or they look at all the money and try to annex us to the SEC. I blame the students.
Easy solution: use censuses and some UN data to find out how many high school age kids are in the world and pay for that out of the AD's pocket. Then at the end of the year turn in to the NCAA any school that thought it was paying for someone's fifth official visit.
I like the concept, and if you subscribe to the idea that we are being watched by the alien beings that created us, then we can have the intergalactic record as well!
Michigan and ND play their next game in the Grand Canyon.
M vs OSU on a giant blimp parked above Manhattan. Entire city in attendance.
They better hope both teams are any good by then or there's no way they'll sell out.
Not to nit pick, but I think the title is a little misleading. We're still 3 years from losing the record....title makes it seem like its gonna happen this weekend.
That's gonna be 150-160k worth of people watching shitty football.
Good. I also hope someone builds a bigger stadium than ours.
Good, I hope the world gets exploded.
Hell with it. We need to go play here now.
First time seeing that stadium. That's insane.
As someone of Czech heritage I would love to visit my ancestral homeland and watch some Michigan football at the same time.
Since I know Dave Brandon is reading this comment; make it happen.
They'll have to tear down the video board in the center
I've never been to a motor speedway (I'd like to actually, despite all the hate car racing gets) but I've seen pictures and have seen races from there on TV. Man, Bristol really is a short track and this picture really emphasizes how small a track it really is. I'm trying to picture 40 cars driving at the same time on that and I'm struggling.
Edit: I think I look a bit dumb with the above. I think my perception of that track was way off. It's definitely a small track but I was off especially with how small the cars would actually be/seem in that picture,
What is this? A football game for ants?
Zoolander never fails. Ever.
It will be a nice footnote to their 3-9 seasons.
Who wouldn't want to drive way out of their way to sit over 100 yards from the field to watch the vols lose squinting through binoculars?
The view is going to be horrendous. From front row to front row, it's roughly 600ft wide at its smallest. With a field that is 160ft wide, the closest you'd be to the sideline would be 220ft, assuming they center the field and you're sitting in the front row.
"End zone" seating would obviously be worse. Bristol is 1150ft wide at its widest. 360ft long field. Front row seats would be 395 ft from the back of the endzone. It's like watching a Tiger's game from the outfield but instead of batters hitting the ball towards you, they'll be swinging the opposite way.
Wow - so that would mean that the front row would be exactly 100 yards from the center of the field - the part that is right in front of you. So for the best seats in the house, the closest the play ever is to you is still nearly the length of a football field away.
And just for some more perspective, the top row at the Big House is roughly 215 ft from the nearest sideline. Top row at Bristol would be 500 ft away from the closest sideline.
More this is looking like a stupid idea won't b able to see anything
If they want people to actually see the game, they can put up a wall of massive TV screens all around the oval and set another record.
Also, best obstructed views EVAR.
I doubt they will get 120000 fans to go to the game. Really depends on the ticket prices
Michigan State was always rumored to be going hard after a game like this at MIS about 5-10 years ago, if memory serves. Seemed to come up just about every year.
Honestly, this record doesn't mean much. Let 'em do it.
I'm surprised they didn't get it done at least with another team. Oregon is known for their ugly/crazy uniform circus they have yearly, and sparty is known for gimmick games. It's become their identity now. And yet, people still don't care.
insert any southern joke you want here. I've never met so many......unaware to be nice fans of a team the Va Tech fans here in VA. they will travel to apart of a gimmick. Tennessee speaks for itself, they suck and fill seats still.
People will come for the gimmick, just to say they were there. They would never go back a second time.
It might beat the record, but that will be a god-awful place to watch a football game. With how far away the field will be from the stands, no one will be able to see anything. Especially if you're sitting in the "endzone" seats.
Still, if they want to do, let them have at it. The record was bound to be broken eventually. I could see by 2020 that Texas, not wanting to be outdone, schedules a game with Bama to be played at Tiananmen Square, with a world record crowd of 500,000 spectators.
This thread is bringing out some great posts. I don't know if I enjoyed this or the wheel route joke more.
If you have to go off campus to set some type of record, you are admitting that you are losing the attendance battle for largest stadium capacity in college football. The truth simply remains, by objective standards that more people have watched Michigan football on television, in person and historcially since the onset of college football. These facts can all be verified by the College Football Warehouse, and while promotions are good for college football, trying to "Keep up with the Joneses'" is not necessarily a good thing. ^Take Neyland Stadium, for instance. TN is traditionally one of the top ten programs in the country; tenth to be exact. But the look of their stadium in their race to displace Michigan as the largest stadium in the U.S., makes it look like a collection of lean-tos. This is evidenced immediately upon viewing. The vision of Yost and his incredible mind to even verbalize in the 30s that "one day there will be a collection of highways running throughout this state and country that will allow people to come to what now is knowm for acre upon acre of cornfields to watch college football probably seems imaginable even to you," addressing the reporter questioning him about the size and pre-design for future expansion, is just one of the many things separating Michigan from the norm. It is not that we are better, moreso, I think, that we were blessed with people who imagined things far greater than what they were now seeing. ^ I will be completely honest with many of you on this site. As I sat in Vietnam, fortunate enough to have taken high school typing because I was a hound, I never imagined my job, then known as simply as clerk-typist, would someday be replaced with the job title systems automated clerk. And then later with that damn invention of Al Gore's - yeah right - we were the first, in the federal government, because it was designed by the DOD to daily use the www. About a year later, after introduced to every one in the world, I would go home and my son, then a junior high student would teach me things I would never have thought of simply because he was raised in the computer generation that 90% of you belong to. Relevancy is everything, and when you show me a man that will allow 115,000 to be able to watch, not just attend a football game, and did so in the 20s of the last century, while allowing for upwards of 15,000 more my curiosity and respect might be piqued. Inasmuch as there is no other being, further needn't be said.
When you finally figure out a paragraph break this blog is going to have one hell of a party
When the WR's run routes, will they only make left turns?
shut it down