On this day 90 years ago

Submitted by Wolverine Devotee on October 1st, 2017 at 9:39 PM

Michigan Stadium opened and hosted its first game.

The 1927 season opener against the Ohio Wesleyan Battling Bishops.

Michigan took the game easily, 33-0.

Louis Gilbert carrying the ball

Pictured above is fans entering from the Southeast. That grass area is where Crisler Center sits today.

The ticket. Note the price. That would be $28.22 in 2017 dollars per InflationCalculator.com


Rochester Blue

October 1st, 2017 at 10:25 PM ^

So cool.  Interesting you can see the pretty-much-like-today tunnel entrance in that 3rd picture. Looks about 75% capacity already back then (what was capacity, about 70k?).  Yost was a visionary like no other.

Thanks for finding and sharing!


October 2nd, 2017 at 11:51 AM ^

From wikipedia- over 80,000 capacity.

"The new stadium was then formally dedicated three weeks later in a contest against Ohio State on October 22. Michigan had spoiled the formal dedication of Ohio Stadium in Columbus five years earlier and was victorious again, besting the Buckeyes 21–0 before a standing-room-only crowd of 84,401."



JWG Wolverine

October 2nd, 2017 at 1:16 AM ^

This is why I hate them. They take our tradition, put their own spin on it, claim it to be their own, and get all the national credit for it. 

Sometimes people forget that we were the ones who taught them how to play football in the first place...

Honk if Ufer M…

October 1st, 2017 at 11:02 PM ^

Either the prices barely rose for a fuck of a long time or they had dropped at some point back down because around 1971 or so, and probably longer, the price for a ticket was 3 bucks! 2 for student tickets, but "student" tickets meant anyone college age or younger, so as kids we could get in for 2 bucks!

That is if you didn't tunnel under the cyclone fence in the SE corner by Crisler where it was on a little rise and half a body's worth was dug out in the dirt and then one guy pulls up the corner of the fence enough for you to crawl through!

How on earth did we never get caught?


October 1st, 2017 at 10:52 PM ^

You can see who voted by clicking the "voting details" above the OP.   His Dudeness downvoted it, presumabely because he is a pretty vocal WD detractor.

This has been your quick-hitter segment on MGoBoard culture. 

Everyone Murders

October 2nd, 2017 at 7:52 AM ^

Among the favorite Ann Arbor traditions, shown in the first minute or so, is Ann Arbor pedestrians walking right in front of a moving car without even looking at them.  That tradition is longer-lived than I would have guessed.

Also, Henry Tappan Hall's daughter looks like she was born about 20 years too early.  Had that whole Sylvia Plath thing going that would have played great in 1960s Ann Arbor.

Great video - thanks for posting WH (and to WD for starting the thread in the first place).


October 1st, 2017 at 11:52 PM ^

It's interesting to actually see the wolverine used on an official Michigan item. Block M is obviously the choice today, but what a great animal!