landing spot. will be interesting to see how he does.
I noticed today that the webcam for the one side of the stadium is down, replaced with a "No" screen. I assume this is because that side has been finished for quite some time. I also notice that the bricking view from Crisler is JUST about finished (just the tunnel left to do).
After this is finished (which I assume will be for the start of the season), and the glass is put over the end of the other box, are there any plans to move the webcams? For instance, will one be put inside the box to show the internal finishing process? Will one focus on the deconstruction of the old press box this fall? Or will they simply sit, showing nothing for a while, till somebody remembers to turn them off?
Speaking of which, will it be possible to buy an souvineer portion of the old press box (a piece of tile or a door knob or something) when it comes down?
If you keep an eye on the renovation webcam, you probably know that the brick on the exterior is just about done. I gotta say that I love it, and I'm very pleased with the direction it's gone. But I had a thought, just as a fun exercise:
If you were the stadium designer, had free choice on what to do, and budget wasn't really a concern, what might you have done with the renovation?
I love it as it is and I think it'll be great, but for nonsense, I think it would've been cool to play on the "Big House" theme.
Instead of long boxes down either side, you could have "guard towers" containing boxes and so on. Parapets on top, and barred windows along the outside. Obviously, the inside still gets big windows for good visibility for the boxes and so on. Between each tower, the pathways containing vending, restrooms and so on could be built to look like guard wall connecting each tower, or cell block sections, again, with barred windows built in. To get extra campy, vending stations and access to seating sections could be enclosed in "cells", gates and all.
The main reason Bill Martin is offering for the crappy non-conference schedules that he's lining up is that we need the revenue from as many home dates as possible, and BCS conference teams always demand return home games in exchange for coming to Ann Arbor. Hence the now-steady diet of MAC teams, UMass, Delaware State, and other assorted tomato cans... and supposed tomato cans like App State.
How many of you that are frustrated with this situation would be willing to accept some form of limited stadium advertising — such as silent digital ads confined to the scoreboards — if it meant we could have home-and-homes every other year or so with teams like Georgia, LSU, Oklahoma, Texas Tech, Va Tech, or Stanford, just to pick a few? I have no idea whether the revenue from this kind of advertising would make up for a lost home date, but if it did, what would you be prepared to accept?
I'm finally graduating tomorrow, 18 years after I took my first class in Ann Arbor, Fall of 1991. Obviously, this is a pretty big deal, so we're doing the whole friends-and-family graduation party at the house afterwards. My wife has been taking cake decorating classes, and got good enough at it that she's now teaching the classes at a local Michaels. We got a sports arena bundt pan from her brother a year or so back, and figured this was the perfect time to break it out. After a test run last week to check the frosting colors and whatnot, she finished up the final product today. Some pictures: (Clicky on the pictures to go to larger versions on my Gallery site.)