College Stadium Reviews: Michigan Stadium

The University of Michigan has won more college football games than any other program. Their home stadium seats over 109,000 maize and blue clad fans singing one of the most iconic fight songs in the land in “Hail to the Victors.” The Big House opened in 1927 and of course, it has been added to several times, but it held 72,000 fans when it first opened.

A trip to see the famous winged helmets in the Big House is a must for a college football fans. You will be watching some of the best players in college football being coached by Jim Harbaugh, a former Michigan star quarterback who has been a successful head coach at Stanford University and the San Francisco 49ers where he led them to the Super Bowl.

Enjoy the game as you eat a person pizza, hot dog, chicken tenders, popcorn or perhaps some barbecue form Red Rock or some tasty choices from Damon’s Grill. Tailgating at the Michigan game is best done at the golf course across the street from Michigan Stadium. Enjoying the pregame party in the quaint college town of Ann Arbor while the leaves change into fall colors, it does not get much better than this.

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Michigan Stadium is a classic bowl design with much of the stadium underground. The seats are small and close together so you will be elbow to elbow. That is how they pack over 110,000 folks in there. But when the band comes out to play for the pre-game and the team runs out of the field you won’t care about that. You’re sitting with 110,000 of your closest friends all waiving maize pom-poms and cheering on the team. It has hosted some of college football’s greatest games and biggest rivalries. The Ten Year War between legendary head coaches Bo Schembechler of Michigan and Woody Hayes of Ohio State was played here five times. Those games always had Big Ten and National Championship implications and were always down to the wire.  Could we see another rivalry like that between Harbaugh and Urban Meyer?

While in town after the game you have several options where to get some post game meals or just hang out. Zimmerman’s is a great place for the “foodie” in you. The Blue Nile is an Ethiopian restaurant if you want to try something different. If you like Italian, then you may want to go to Gratzi or perhaps Mani Osteria.

Michigan plays in the Big Ten Conference which means teams such as Ohio State, Wisconsin, Michigan State, Minnesota, Penn State and newcomers to the league such as Nebraska, Maryland and Rutgers will be on the schedule. The Minnesota-Michigan game is played for “the Little Brown Jug” while the Ohio State Michigan rivalry and Michigan State Michigan rivalry are two of the best in college football.

Michigan football has had a bit of a downturn as of late while their big rivals Ohio State and Michigan State have been wildly successful. The Wolverine fans have been waiting for a reason to cut loose and yell for a few years now. When coach Harbaugh comes up with that first huge win, the Big House will become “The Big Party” and you’ll want to be there for that.

Tom Harmon, Tom Brady, Desmond Howard, Dan Dierdorf, Anthony Carter, Charles Woodson, Brian Griese and Denard Robinson are some of the great players who wore the Michigan uniform. Who will be the next to join the list of Michigan greats and which are on the field this season? A trip to Michigan Stadium will be well worth your time. Tickets are affordable but go fast so do not hesitate to buy yours now.

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