Nov. 19, 2010
Ann Arbor, Mich. -- Pregame, in-game and postgame fireworks will be on display at "The Big Chill at the Big House" presented by Arby's. On Thursday (Nov. 18), the University of Michigan Board of Regents approved the use of close-proximity fireworks for the Dec. 11 outdoor hockey game between Michigan and Michigan State at Michigan Stadium.
"The fireworks display provides a special opportunity to enhance the fan experience at this historic event," said director of athletics Dave Brandon. "We are looking to make this a memorable experience for everyone in attendance at The Big Chill at the Big House."
A pregame display will be set off from the south end zone when the Wolverines hit the ice to start the game. Michigan goals will be punctuated by fireworks from both the north and south end zones. Following the game, a six-minute fireworks show choreographed to music will be shot from the field and from the rooftops on the east and west towers of the stadium. ACE Pyro, LLC Company, which is based in nearby Manchester, will execute the show.
The Big Chill at the Big House is sold out (109,901) and poised to set world records for attendance at an ice hockey game and at an outdoor ice hockey game. U-M and MSU set the outdoor attendance mark at 74,544 when the Spartans hosted the Wolverines at Spartan Stadium on Oct. 6, 2001, in a game that ended in a 3-3 tie. On May 7, 2010, Germany beat the United States 2-1 inside the domed Veltins-Arena (Gelsenkirchen, Germany) that packed in 77,803 fans for the opening game of the 2010 IIHF World Championship.
Contact: David Ablauf, Matt Trevor (734) 763-4423