“The Big House” Michigan Stadium (1927)
Bernard Green (UM Eng. 1891) of Osborn Engineering, Chief Architect
1201 South Main Street, Ann Arbor, MI
Visited September 15, 2012 (Michigan 63, Massachusetts 13) and September 17, 2011 (Michigan 31, Eastern Michigan 3)
I am including this post of The Big House not because it is a particularily exceptional building aesthetically, or because it is worth going out of your way to view it on an average day. I am posting this because Michigan Stadium is the largest college stadium in the nation ( 109,901 official capacity, largest crowd has been 114,804 in 2011), and has been part of a grand tradition in Ann Arbor since it was built 1927. The Stadium is usually locked up 358 days a year, and the field and seats are mostly below grade and not visible from outside the fence. But if you are one of the lucky 110,000 or so on each of the 7 days it is open for a home game annually, you will experience an event unlike any other in college football. Here the building is not the star, the football game is, and this building facilitates the event in a “big” way.
I am also posting the photos because I have been extremely lucky to have been invited to a few games in one of the suites which were added in a recent renovation. I have always wondered what the suites were like inside, so I thought I would snap a few photos to share them with those interested. Although the focus is clearly on the game, the suites are very comfortable, and you never know who you may run into, including a former coach…
After the game we went to Lena’s for dinner.