OK, as people are returning, I thought we could use a thread for those of us who were able to go the the MOST ATTENDED HOCKEY GAME/MICHIGAN STADIUM EVENT in history. Post your thoughts from being at the game here.
Me, I was surprised how good the view of the ice was. Could actually see the puck in section 42, row 22 pretty well. The other side of the ice had some rough sightlines, but no worse than usual bad angles. The lights work great, but I wonder if long passes are going to get lost in them. They are bright.
Contrary to some posts, the atmosphere was great. It was fun time had by all, the chants got louder as the game went on, as people learned them. It was really a party atmosphere, so there weren't the "loudest I've ever hear the Stadium" moments, but there were also more beach balls than I had ever seen there too. (Except for the ass holes who kept popping them).
They ran a pretty good show, with events and stuff mixed in. It was very RAWK lite, with the band doing a great job. Kudos to the LONGEST rendition of the Blues Brother theme ever...that was awesome. The Tuba section must have needed oxygen after it. The fireworks were cool, and it was pretty awesome after the game, synchronized to the music quite well. And I am amazed how fast the lights turn back on. In my experience, big (older) lights like that take FOREVER to turn back on.
The only "negative" I could see was that this was obviously a test run on advertising in the Stadium. It was everywhere. Not just the boards, or on the Zamboni, but when people are taking shots on the Human Curly Fries (HT & a +1 to the first person to post a pic of that here), we kinda get it. The scoreboards had advertising on not only the screen, but the video strip below it was just running off ads all day long. (Yet they didn't have time for the "send your pic to be on the screen" thing they mentioned early in the game, but never did). I guess there's no advertising in Michigan Stadium only if it's a football game. Get ready, it's coming.
I'm sure I'll think of more stuff, and have additional posts, but this has it pretty good. Oh, yeah, the game was great too. Got the shutout, and 4 of 5 goals in my (and students) end. Really overall an awesome production by the University. When can we do it again?