FIELD SURFACE: FieldTurf
CAPACITY: 72,000 (1927); 85,752 (1928-48); 97,239 (1949-54);
101,001 (1955-72); 101,701 (1973-91); 102,501 (1992-97);
107,501 (1998-2007); 106,201 (2008-09); 109,901 (2010-present)
FIRST GAME: October 1, 1927 (U-M 33, Ohio Wesleyan 0)
|Michigan Stadium is NOT open to the general public for exercising, walk-in tours, drop-in photo ops, etc. For a fee, guided tours are held on weekdays and may be arranged through Bill Austin (734-764-4599 or firstname.lastname@example.org) in the athletics department. Tour arrangements must be made at least two weeks in advance. Discounted rates apply for educational and non-profit groups. For more information on tour pricing, location, and policies, visit the Special Events site.
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Michigan Stadium. The Big House. Home of Michigan Football. One of the country's most classic, widely recognized sporting facilities, Michigan Stadium has come to symbolize the pride, tradition and excellence of the University of Michigan. There is truly no place like it on a fall Saturday afternoon.
In the early 1920s, Fielding Yost formed a vision that would become Michigan Stadium. With winning teams and large fan turnouts, Yost realized the need for a larger football stadium. He asked for the Regents' approval, but considering the 1921 expansion of Ferry Field, they were hesitant to move forward with a new stadium. With Yost's dogged perseverance, they finally approved it on April 22, 1926.
The new structure was built on land that had been home to an underground spring. The water posed a problem to the construction, creating a surface that resembled quicksand. It was this moist ground that during construction, engulfed a crane which remains under the stadium today. The high water table also led to nearly three-quarters of the stadium being built below ground level.
Yost envisioned a stadium that would seat between 100,000 and 150,000 people. After much debate, the Regents, the University of Michigan and Fielding Yost reached an agreement by which the stadium would seat 72,000, with the ability to expand to more than 100,000. The construction would be financed not by the taxpayers of the State of Michigan, but by the sale of 3,000 $500 bonds.
Fashioned after the Yale Bowl, 440 tons of reinforcing steel and 31,000 square feet of wire mesh went into the building of the 44-section, 72-row, 72,000-seat stadium at a cost of $950,000. As the stadium neared completion, Yost requested an additional 10,000 temporary seats for the concourse. This request was passed, and Michigan Stadium opened at the corner of Main Street and Stadium Boulevard with a capacity of 84,401 -- the largest college owned stadium of any team in the nation.
On Oct. 1, 1927, Michigan played Ohio Wesleyan in the first game at Michigan Stadium, winning 33-0. Dedication of the new stadium came three weeks later, Oct. 22, 1927, against Ohio State, in another Michigan victory. The Buckeyes had hoped for revenge from the dedication of their own stadium five years earlier when the Wolverines came away with a 19-0 victory, but it was not to be.
Since that inaugural season, Michigan Stadium has seen 238 consecutive crowds of 100,000 plus (as of the end of the 2011 season). Many changes and renovations have continuously improved the quality of the facility, while increasing its capacity to its present 109,901. While there are many things known about Michigan Stadium, one aspect that remains a mystery is the location of Fritz Crisler's seat -- the one "extra" seat that is indicated in the capacity number given to Michigan Stadium every year since 1956. Despite this anonymity, the legacies of Crisler and Yost live on as Michigan continues to pack the stadium full of 100,000-plus fans game after game.
Varsity men's lacrosse debuted at Michigan Stadium on March 17, 2012, when the Wolverines lost 13-9 to Bellarmine in front of 858 fans. Later that spring, on April 14 after the Michigan football spring game, a program-record 4,458 fans were on hand for "The Battle at the Big House" as Michigan fell by a 12-9 count to Ohio State in one of the most watched regular-season lacrosse games in NCAA history.
Michigan Stadium 1201 S. Main St. Ann Arbor, MI 48104-3722
From Detroit Metro Airport and points east: Take I-94 west to Ann Arbor-Saline Road (exit 175). Turn right and follow Ann Arbor-Saline Road as it turns into Main Street, going north for approximately 1 1/2 miles. Michigan Stadium is on the northeast corner of Main Street and Stadium Boulevard.
From Chicago and points west: Take I-94 east to Ann Arbor-Saline Road (exit 175). Turn left and follow Ann Arbor-Saline Road as it turns into Main Street, going north for approximately 1 1/2 miles. Michigan Stadium is on the northeast corner of Main Street and Stadium Boulevard.
From Toledo and points south: Take U.S. 23 north to I-94 west. Follow directions from Detroit Metro Airport.
From Flint and points north: Take U.S. 23 south to I-94 west. Follow directions from Detroit Metro Airport.