2. GameDay in Ann Arbor- Michigan Wolverines (Michigan Stadium)
|Michigan Stadium aka "The Big House"|
I have been to Michigan Stadium twice. Both were of course amazing experiences as they hosted long time rivals Notre Dame in 2005 and Ohio State in 2007. Pre-game in Ann Arbor is for the most part is a pretty fun. The game against Notre Dame we went to a really large tailgating party with tons of food. Tailgating is a major part of the Ann Arbor game experience and what makes this one of the coolest places to see a game. The Ohio State game was a 12' o'clock kick off and ESPN College GameDay was in the house, so we had to check that out. After the pre game festivities, it was time to enter the stadium. I learned from the first time, that it is necessary to enter the stadium early, because like the Rose Bowl, there are not many entrances down to the field. After we settled into our seats, we watched the players warm up and then it was time for one of the best traditions at Michigan, The University of Michigan Marching Band. The Band runs out of the tunnel and onto the field where they play, in my opinion, the greatest college fight song of all time "The Victors." The band moves into an "M" formation and marches down the field as they play "The Victors." After they play "The Victors," the band performs the chant "Lets Go Blue."
|Pre-game Ohio State vs Michigan|
When I attended Michigan Stadium, they had not renovated, added seating capacity, or added the luxury boxes yet. Michigan Stadium for a few years was stuck at a capacity of 106,201 and was no longer the the big house of college football. It was indeed Penn State's Beaver Stadium that had a capacity of 107,282. After the renovations though, Michigan is officially "The Big House" again with a capacity of 109,901. Also, it is said that with the renovations and additions of the luxury boxes that Michigan Stadium is now louder than it has ever been making it a more hostile environment for opponents.
The experience of going to Ann Arbor on game day and watching a game at "The Big House," needs to be on every college football fanatic's list. It just doesn't get much better or bigger than this. The fans for the most part are great and entertaining, the band is one of the best in the country, and now the football team is heading in the right direction under second year coach Brady Hoke. As a huge Michigan fan, this is what I would consider to be heaven. There just isn't quite anything like being surrounded by the Maize and Blue and being in one of the largest sports venues in the world. Whether you love or hate the Wolverines, this has to be a destination for you. All I have to say is....LETS GO BLUE!!!
Games attended in Ann Arbor:
9/10/2005 CFB Notre Dame 17, Michigan 10
11/17/2007 CFB Ohio State 14, Michigan 3 * ESPN College Gameday