This is not to complain about the price of the food at the stadium (which is freaking crazy), but rather to verify.
At halftime today, I went to the cart directly across from the south end of section 21 and bought two bottles of pop and a box of popcorn. The prices on the sign were $4 each for pop and $5 for popcorn. I handed the girl $13 and started to turn away. She said, "It's 14." I added it up for her, "$8 for pop plus 5 for popcorn is $13." "Popcorn is $6", she said. I told her the sign says $5, which it did, so that's what I would pay. She said okay and I went back to my seat.
The question is, I've NEVER known the listed prices in the stadium to be wrong. They get up there with sticker numbers before games and make changes all the time, and this was just one of the "superpretzel" carts. Between that and the fact that she didn't argue with me but just said "ok", I'm wondering if she and the other kids working the cart were trying to skim? Should I email the Athletic Department?
I just got an email indicating that Fancam is now working. Try this link, which loaded.
I was one of those lucky enough to have been there Saturday night. What a show - can't keep the smile off of my face. I guess the myth about the Big House being quiet is finally dispelled....my ears are still ringing.
Anyway, I was in Section 21, Row 29 around the 20 yardline, on the Michigan side of the field. Normally, I find myself watching the action on the field and only look at the scoreboard for the opccasional replay or the stats. Saturday, I found myself watching the scoreboards more than the field, not because I couldn't see what was taking place, but because the new displays are so detailed. Is this happening to anyone else?
Also, in my section, the new speakers seemed terrific. Loud and really undistorted for a large stadium.
As for the new lighting, because the lights are stretched into a horizontal line and not a tower which creates a point source of sorts, shadowing was very subtle and really minimized. Say what you want about Brandon, but the changes he has made to the Big House are spot on.
The way too early forecast is looking pretty good!
Michigan Athletic Director David Brandon confirmed with me in a one-on-one interview on media day that a working design is ready for the next stadium expansion, which would start on the south end zone.
The specs include all-bleacher seating, which will rise up to enclose the spaces between the sideline structures to the scoreboard at a height that the scoreboard will appear as if it is "set into" the new seating area.
The design would also make the seating appear like a second deck, as a concourse will be included in the new construction below the new seating. Brandon said the waiting list for season tickets supports the expansion.
He offered no thoughts on a how soon he would take this project to the Regents for approval. He said the south end zone expansion would increase the stadium's capacity by 6,000.
This can only mean that a similar NORTH expansion would follow at another time in the future to balance the stadium's appearance from within the bowl.
With this updated information, one can reasonably conclude that including a north expansion of an additional 6,000 seats, we can project the capacity of Michigan Stadium will eventually increase to at or near 122,000 (and 1).
Question for the folks out there:
Where is "South Detroit?"
I was born in Detroit and raised in the suburbs. I have never lived more than 30 miles from the Detroit border yet I have never wandered into this elusive part of Detroit. I can easily identify the east side, west side, and the southwest corner of the city. One would suppose from the way thousands of Detroit area fanatics belt out the lyrics from the classic rawk hit that the region is famous or populated or exists.
I hope someone can fill this gap for me. If not, well, I will forever endure the apprehensive shudder that courses through my soul each time the first note of the Journey song pierces the gameday sanctity of Michigan Stadium.