There's a post on the board suggesting that Michigan rebuild the endzone stands of Michigan Stadium. It specifically identifies stadiums at schools like LSU, Texas A&M, Penn State, and Alabama as examples to emulate.
Now, I've been to LSU for a night game. The stadium was great and the fans are great. But we are not LSU.
I've been to Texas A&M for a game. The stadium was great and the fans are great. But we are not Texas A&M.
I've been to Tennessee for a game (two, actually). The stadium was great and the fans are great. But we are not Tennessee.
I've been to Michigan Stadium for countless games. The stadium is great and the fans are great. We are not Alabama or Florida or Penn State or LSU or Texas A&M; we are Michigan. Yeah, they have these daunting superstructures now that their ADs make more money than they know what to do with. They're nice places. But our place is nice too.
Michigan Stadium is built how it is because in 1927 Michigan football was a big deal. From 1928 onward it held 85,000 fans at a time when most people in the South were farmers and they were watching football in stadiums that held 30,000 people because that's all that they needed (Michigan could draw 40,000 to Ferry Field before World War I). In the 40s Michigan had Crisler and winged helmets and the mad magicians and enough demand to bump up the capacity to almost 100,000 by 1949. In the 1960s people could remember the "olden days" at Michigan Stadium while a big game in Alabama had to be played in Birmingham because the on-campus stadium simply wasn't big. This was true of them well into the 80s.
Michigan Stadium isn't very vertical, and it only has one deck. But it exists that way because of history. There are season ticket holders who remember the dark days before Bo that have walked down those stairs in that single bowl for decades. There have been some expansions and some modifications, but it is still recognizably the same place that Harmon played in, that Chappuis played in, that Dierdorf played in, and that Woodson played in.
And we have our own traditions. Our own incredible fanbase. Our own greatness. Remember after UTL I when the fans didn't leave for over an hour? The Gameday guys doing postgame were openly in awe. Remember how loud it got in '97 against OSU, or in '04 against MSU? It was incredible.
Yeah, physically it doesn't reflect the sound as much as something that just had an endzone upper deck added on in the last decade, but that's not what Michigan Stadium is. Michigan Stadium is a wonderful, unique stadium that is special in its own right. Occasionally too quiet? Make it loud with our own voices.
But rejoice in what it is. Treasure what it is.
Don't get distracted by what it is not.