D.C.Blue

April 17th, 2010 at 3:12 PM ^

...seemed that way to me. Watched BTN's live stream and one of the opening shots looked as if maybe there might have been close to 65K or 70K. Then I thought I heard over the PA that the attendance was 30K. Cant believe there arent more local people attending the game. I made it last year and just from speaking to people around town, they didnt even know there was a spring game. What kind of marketing is done locally, T.V. / Radio / Print, to promote the game?

JD_UofM_90

April 17th, 2010 at 7:36 PM ^

10 middle sections on the home field side, lower bowl, were about 90% full, 8 middle sections on the vistors side were about the same. The corner sections were maybe 50% full. The endzone areas, 10%. The upper ring around the entire stadium

RedGreene

April 17th, 2010 at 3:19 PM ^

Anyone watching the Alabama spring game? The stadium is full. I guess that's what happens when you win a national title. I have faith that we'll be there in a couple years.

DoubleMs

April 17th, 2010 at 3:20 PM ^

Definitely only 50k there. End zones were empty basically, maybe 1/3 full between the two ends. Press box sideline was maybe 2/3 full, opposite sideline maybe 1/2 full.

It was really, really windy and in general just uncomfortable. Low energy the entire time, really. Gardner did not impress much, but D. Robinson sure did. T. Robinson is FAST, Hopkins is a tank, Roh almost had a pick. Cox had some nice runs, Roundtree some nice catches. C. Gordon looked pretty good.

JD_UofM_90

April 17th, 2010 at 7:41 PM ^

fumbled the opening snap, threw an interception right to the defender without an offensive player within 5 yards. He did have some nice throws and runs. All in all, played like a freshmen.......with a TON of potential...

mattbern

April 17th, 2010 at 3:21 PM ^

Today's weather was nowhere close to the 70-80 degree beauty we had for the spring game last year. Im sure if it was sunny out, a lot more people would have come, if for no other reason than to just be outside in the sun.

jmblue

April 17th, 2010 at 3:44 PM ^

Looking at the image posted in the spring game thread, it looked to me like attendance was about the same or possibly a hair larger than last year. Last year the endzones were mostly empty also.

At any rate, it must be stated that we historically haven't made a big deal of the spring game. The attendance the last two years has been probably double what we were averaging in previous years.

M-Wolverine

April 17th, 2010 at 4:24 PM ^

So when they said 35k, I was a little surprised. But then those "full" sections in the middle had a lot of space in them.

I mean, it was damn cold. Particularly with the wind. Not, oooohhh, a little cool out today...November cold. That's where you lose a lot of women, children, and, sad to say, students. Not that couldn't get tickets to Opening Day this is my right of Spring enjoying the weather day.

I mean, lackluster season number #2 probably killed a little optimism and circle the wagons mentality among the fanbase, but 99% of it was weather.

Edit: I mean I saw snowflakes pre-game...at like 10 am. It's 46 out right now, the "heat" of the day.

meechiganroses

April 17th, 2010 at 3:53 PM ^

How do you think the weather affected all of the recruits at the game today? Will this turn them off to the program?lower attendance than expected...was there at least a good energy around the game today?

kurpit

April 17th, 2010 at 3:53 PM ^

i think 35,000 sounds about right. you have to remember that even in the sections where it seems pretty full, those people are not packed in like they are during games.
i was there around the 30 yard line toward the endzone they were driving towards and i had a couple seats to myself and the bench in front of me for a footrest.

they need to market it more around town. put up a bunch of posters in downtown or something. seemed like there were about zero students in there other than the band.

CarrIsMyHomeboy

April 17th, 2010 at 4:41 PM ^

[EDIT: Ignore this because I divergently came up with it long after a handful of others pointed out the same thing. I should have read before posting.]

Please recognize that people don't pack in densely when they don't have to. Sure (or *maybe*), one-half to two-thirds of the bowl's surface area was covered with bodies. Still, I think it's sensible for the official attendance to highlight that this sort of spring game surface area coverage translates to an attendance of roughly 30,000--not of 60,000.

joeyb

April 17th, 2010 at 4:51 PM ^

I walked in and instantly knew that there were fewer people this year than last year. Last year it was "full" almost up to the top of the bowl. The endzones were almost empty.

UMMAN83

April 17th, 2010 at 6:03 PM ^

put a spring jacket on and watch some football. Go Blue. What ever. I even got a few brews at the BOX house ... very sad. Get off your couch.

Don

April 17th, 2010 at 6:20 PM ^

He said about 35K, which is what I would guess too. End zones essentially empty, and people were far from packed in together in the lower part of the bowl the way they are for a game.

As for why, I think it's a combo of the weather (it was no better than many a November game) and the disappointing last two seasons. It was a typical Michigan crowd otherwise—got really noisy at Denard's long TD pass to Roundtree, but pretty quiet in between. Lots of little kids with their parents, but for the most part the fans I saw looked pretty hard-core. I didn't see any of the white-wine-and-brie set. At least nobody yelled down in front.

Gardner looked raw as hell, and the shot-putting character of his throws is accurate for the most part.

Mfan1974

April 18th, 2010 at 2:13 PM ^

we took up 8 seats (1 for pizza) and it was cool with the wind. People milled around the hole time, it seemed no one sat down they just wanted to walk in front of our seats. The troop of old guys behind me could never figure out who was who or where they came from. After 20 minutes of that I started answering question, why is 44 a line backer, who is he? GEEEESSSSSSSHHHHHHH, read a blog. #4 on defence, he doesn't look like he knows what he's doing, AAAARRRGGGGGG.

So for the day it was worth it, took my daughter there for the first time, spent some quality time with my dad and bro in law.... good times.