For a group of seniors on the Michigan cheerleading team, Saturday's (Nov. 30) football game against Ohio State will be their last opportunity to perform on the field at Michigan Stadium. Before their final game the seniors share their favorite moments about performing in front of 109,901 people.
When I think of cheering at Michigan Stadium, I always think of the first Under the Lights game against Notre Dame. It was electric. Not only was the crowd as loud as I've ever heard it, but they all were waving their yellow poms, which looked awesome across the stadium. I also think of the rush of excitement that I get when we run out of the tunnel and the beginning of every game. It never gets old.
It starts with the rush of adrenaline you get as you are waiting in the tunnel to take the field and the bass drums start beating. You find yourself running full speed down the tunnel just to stop suddenly at the entrance to the field. You look at the 110,000-plus fans in the stadium, realize you aren't breathing, gasp, start your 120-yard sprint to your hash mark, and so begins the time of your life.
Lake Orion, Mich.
My favorite memory is the first time I ran out on to the field at the Big House. The atmosphere felt so different than sitting in the stands. I remember the roar of the 110,000-plus people cheering on Michigan. I remember the rush of running out onto the field and performing for Michigan. I remember the nerves and butterflies I had in my stomach. I remember the sun shining on a beautiful day in Ann Arbor. I felt at home cheering for Michigan.
Farmington Hills, Mich.
Having only one season to draw on, one part really stands out: waiting in the tunnel, shoulder-to-shoulder with the band, singing the Alma Mater and belting out "Eye of the Tiger." That's the first thing that came to mind and it will probably stick with me the longest.
Grand Blanc, Mich.
My favorite memory will always be running out of the tunnel on football Saturdays with the M flag and seeing more than 100,000 fans on their feet chanting Hail to the Victors.
When I think of cheering at Michigan Stadium, I remember my first game when the band cleared out of the tunnel and I saw the loud, abundant, maize fans surrounding me in the Big House.
When I think about cheering at Michigan Stadium, I think about it pouring rain at the breast cancer awareness game my junior year and winning in overtime with my dripping wet pink bow in my face.
White Lake, Mich.
It's a little different, but when I think about cheering at Michigan Stadium, I can't help but think about the time when the game got really boring because we were winning by so much so fans started heckling me for not hitting a reverse hands to cupie. They started booing me and getting really into what I was doing. It was the first time I ever realized somebody might be watching what we are doing.