Talk:Michigan Stadium

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1998 renovation?[edit]

Does anyone know of reasonable online resources that would help detail the 1998 renovations? I know 5000 seats were added, along with the jumbotrons and the godawful "halo," since removed. It would be nice to have other information, such as the architect who designed it. That information was readily available back then, but I don't have access to it now. -Rjyanco (talk)

Official Name[edit]

This article should probably mention that the Stadium has two official names. "Michigan Stadium and "Memorial Stadium". The Memorial Stadium name was added in 1945 [1], and the University's official list of buildings also includes this name [2].

The first link doesn't work and the second has no mention of Memorial Stadium. (19 March 2014) — Preceding unsigned comment added by 146.95.126.178 (talk) 14:55, 19 March 2014 (UTC)

"Significant events" section[edit]

I've just removed a good faith addition, a table entitled "Significant Events", which described two Division II football games, a lacrosse game, The Big Chill from last year, and an NHL event that hasn't happened yet. While the table was nicely formatted and contained a good deal of information, it suffered in my view several essential problems. First, "significance" is a vague term, and certainly arguable for these events in the context of this stadium. One of the two Division II games (apparently) was the largest attendance at a Division II game - an interesting fact perhaps and important to Division II football but borderline trivial in this context. The other Division II game is a fun snippet of stadium history perhaps but not otherwise important in any way that I can see. The lacrosse game was - well, a lacrosse game with 4,000 people attending. Significant for the newly-constituted varsity lacrosse team but not for the stadium. Finally, the Big Chill is already described in the article, and the NHL event is still in the future. In short I think that the table was mislabeled, and that to the extent that any of these events are significant, they can be captured in prose in the text (as at least one of them already is). JohnInDC (talk) 20:40, 26 April 2012 (UTC)

I forgot to note that none of the events have separate Wikipedia articles, and the claims for their significance were unsourced as well. JohnInDC (talk) 20:53, 26 April 2012 (UTC)

New Picture[edit]

I just uploaded a new picture from 2012 that's would be a little more up-to-date than the current one. Not a photography person so I don't know if the quality is high enough to put it up top. Someone else can move it up if they feel it's good enough.

It's a nice picture but I'm not sure what it really adds to the article - there are several pictures already that show the field and full stands, and thereby give the reader a good idea of what the place looks like. JohnInDC (talk) 16:18, 19 November 2012 (UTC)

"Official" capacity at opening[edit]

The stadium's original, designed capacity was 72,000. Before it was opened, bleachers were added to increase capacity. One or two sources say that the bleachers brought the total to 84,401 and a couple of others say 82,000. Each of the sources is an official UM source. They are:

UM Bentley Historical library - 72,000 + "bleachers" = official capacity of 82,000
Official UM athletic web site - 72,000 designed capacity plus 10,000 bleachers brought capacity to 84,401
UM web site - 72,000 originally, plus 10,000 bleachers makes official capacity of 84,401

I've changed the article text to reflect an official capacity of 82,000, not 84,401, because 1) the math is better on the agreed figures of 72,000 original plus 10,000 bleachers 2) the 84,401 was the actual size of the dedication crowd and Michigan attendance figures always exceed stated capacity; and 3) the tradition of ending official stadium capacity in "-01" didn't start until 1955. See http://www.mgoblue.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/062008aaa.html. JohnInDC (talk) 13:20, 22 December 2012 (UTC)

Largest in capasity in whole Americas[edit]

The stadium is the largest in capasity in whole Americas (see here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_stadiums_by_capacity). I think it must be mentioned in the article about it. 217.76.1.22 (talk) 13:40, 12 December 2013 (UTC)

If you credit the Wikipedia listing (bearing in mind that Wikipedia is not a reliable source), it's not only the largest stadium in the Americas but in the western hemisphere. It is also the largest stadium not located in Asia. There are lots of different ways to talk about its largeness. "Largest in the United States and the Americas" is not only awkward but insufficiently superlative, whereas "largest capacity outside of Asia" reads like the answer to a trivia question. "Largest in the western hemisphere and and third largest in the world" comes close to stating it correctly, but begins to feel - I don't know, misleading or incomplete given that the largest crowd in MIchigan Stadium history is only 64th on the List_of_sporting_venues_with_a_highest_attendance_of_100,000_or_more (which, admittedly, includes many non-stadium events). Given that it's more than just the largest in the US, I think the sentence could be adjusted a bit but it'd be good to avoid these concerns. JohnInDC (talk) 14:45, 12 December 2013 (UTC)
Going back and looking at that whole intro paragraph, I think the stadium's capacity in the scheme of things is pretty well handled already. Third largest in the world (noting that different rules appear to apply to auto venues etc.) - there's no shortage of information there, and dicing it up further (Americas, western hemisphere, not-Asia) just adds clutter. JohnInDC (talk) 16:46, 12 December 2013 (UTC)