Fireworks will NOT happen: Regents vote against them

Submitted by Wolverine Devotee on July 17th, 2014 at 4:25 PM

By the looks of these tweets, it seems there will be no fireworks. This guy is live tweeting the board of regents meeting.

It looks like fireworks will be shot down.

Read some of the comments from the Regents...


Fireworks at #UMICH football games to be similiar to Winter Classic display. Will be shot multiple times during game.

— David Jesse (@Freephighered) July 17, 2014

Regents asking lots of questions about fireworks display at games. Uncommon for them to ask this many questions in public

— David Jesse (@Freephighered) July 17, 2014

Regent Ilitch: I don't understand fireworks during the game.

— David Jesse (@Freephighered) July 17, 2014

Regent Dietsch: Heard from lots of people opposed to it. I will vote no. Plans disrespectful to our neighbors.

— David Jesse (@Freephighered) July 17, 2014

Regent Dietsch: Fireworks "feels like a night at Disney" not a Michigan football game. @freep @freepsports

— David Jesse (@Freephighered) July 17, 2014

Bernstein: We are not Comerica Park (says no offense to Regent Ilitch, who is sitting across him).

— David Jesse (@Freephighered) July 17, 2014

Bernstein, @MGoBernstein: The fireworks should be on the field, not above the field.

— David Jesse (@Freephighered) July 17, 2014


UM Regents vote against fireworks at Michigan Stadium this season, citing safety, public disturbance concerns. @michigandaily

— Ian Dillingham (@IDillingham) July 17, 2014


Come On Down

July 17th, 2014 at 4:31 PM ^

The Regents almost never vote this type of thing down. Usually by the time something gets onto the official public agenda everything has already been agreed to. 


July 17th, 2014 at 5:06 PM ^

 Thank God someone has respect for tradition over Brandon's almighty dollar.  "Will be shot multiple times during game." Are these people insane?  Are we going to have laser shows tied to that awful, repetetive music that gets played every game?  That White Stripes song was obnoxious when it was on the radio A DECADE AGO.  Kill it already. 

James Burrill Angell

July 17th, 2014 at 5:20 PM ^

Quote of the Day from Regent Laurence Deitch:


Regent Laurence Deitch began the heated discussion, saying he would vote against the proposal since he thought the fireworks’ risks would outweigh the benefits. He called the proposed displays disrespectful to the neighbors and not consistent with the university’s culture and values.


“I have religiously attended (UM)) football games for 50 years,” Deitch said. “I have not found that experience lacking of fireworks.”

From The Detroit News:


July 18th, 2014 at 9:09 AM ^

There's a difference between shooting them off once on a holiday, and telling the neighbors they're going to have to put up with it seven or eight times a year on the regular from now until God knows when.

(Edit: On re-reading I think my thought process jumped from place to place without much of a link in between, the idea being that this year was going to be only two games but there would be no reason to expect it'd be limited to that in the future.)


July 17th, 2014 at 4:34 PM ^

If fireworks go off, our game will be JUST like the game at Jerryworld! Which wasn't stale adn corporate at all! Why do you need the band to play "the Victors" after touchdowns when we could have FIREWORKS go off!! Decades of tradition (like the band) doesn't build familiarity. Offering everything that you can get at any sporting event in the country (fireworks, rawk, advertising) only offering it BETTER is what Michigan should be all about.


Wolverine Devotee

July 17th, 2014 at 4:40 PM ^

When was the last time the AD ever got shot down like this, this badly?

I was kind of indifferent when it came to the postgame fireworks. If they had them, neat. If not, that's fine. It's still Michigan Football.

But to blow them off DURING the game? Uh, no. Save that for the outdoor hockey games. 

The only fireworks I want during the game will be on the field offensively for Michigan.


July 17th, 2014 at 10:50 PM ^

That, to me, is the biggest news here: Michigan is being sued because nothing the Regents do happens in public, and yet fireworks are voted down with regents vocally critical of the plan (sure, the suit appears to be borderline frivolous but the criticism is valid). This could be very telling of the relationship between Brandon and the Board of Regents.


July 17th, 2014 at 4:50 PM ^

Regardless of what yout think about the fireworks, these are some pretty craptastic reasons to vote against them.   There is nothing dangerous about a firework display, and disturbing the surrounding public for a half hour while people in the stadium enjoy the show is a lame concern.


July 17th, 2014 at 4:41 PM ^

No worries, the Regents never said anything about skywriters, so Dave Brandon will just hire a plane to write #BOOM-WOW over the stadium right before kickoff.


July 17th, 2014 at 4:41 PM ^

But fireworks during scoring plays is flat out ridiculous.  I'm totally fine with something like this for after a game, but c'mon man.  


July 17th, 2014 at 5:10 PM ^

Remember a few years ago when the changes started and everyone proclaimed, "Oh, they won't take it too far.  Learn to change with the times!"  


Horseshit.  I knew it the second there was a goddamn giant macaroni statute outside the Big House.  That tells you all you need to know about the current AD's priorities.  

Money > Fans, Tradition, Winning, Alumna > Students