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Posted on Mon, Jul 30, 2012 : 11:45 a.m.

Michigan to open Big House for student watch party during opener against Alabama

By Kyle Meinke

Can't get to Texas to watch the Michigan football team's opener against Alabama? No problem -- if you're a student.

The Wolverines plan to host a watch party at Michigan Stadium for students who wish to watch the Sept. 1 game there. Gates open at 6 p.m., and kickoff is at 8 p.m.

The Center for Campus Involvement posted the following on its website:

"Michigan students are invited to open the football season in the Big House for a Go Blue Pep Rally on the field and to watch the first away game! Experience the Michigan tradition of our stadium, cheer on Maize & Blue, and have fun with multiple activities and free food as the Wolverines tackle the Crimson Tide in Texas. Be sure to bring your MCard for entry. Let's Go Blue!"



Mon, Jul 30, 2012 : 10:48 p.m.

Can they pass a law temporarily permitting sale of alcohol?

Irvine CA

Mon, Jul 30, 2012 : 6:49 p.m.

Hey, I am a parent (AKA the Money Man for UM student) and a HUGE FAN. I will be in Ann Arbor, all the way from California, and you are telling me that I cannot enjoy the game at the Big House?


Tue, Jul 31, 2012 : 2:09 a.m.

@RWBill: That is a great idea, but I fear that D Brandon would then put a 3.00 seat license per seat and force you to watch public service announcements to attend field hockey and synchronized diving!! (Sarcasm aside, I think your idea is right on)


Mon, Jul 30, 2012 : 10:50 p.m.

That sounds right! Why not open to everyone, charge $5 and donate to the Children's Hospital?


Mon, Jul 30, 2012 : 6:26 p.m.

Sounds like a great idea. There will need to be security, how about food vendors? It will be interesting to know more details. I wonder how many Alumni or former letter winners might be upset because they aren't invited. Guess we'll know soon.


Mon, Jul 30, 2012 : 6:44 p.m.

As an alum and fan, I have no desire to go. My days of wanting to be in the midst of thousands of those who do not know their limitations are long past. I'll be happy sitting at home, drinking great beer, eating good food and doing whatever else strikes my fancy. Go Blue!

jeff blue

Mon, Jul 30, 2012 : 6:14 p.m.

Wow, great idea. They should allow aums!!!!!!


Mon, Jul 30, 2012 : 5:58 p.m.

Game day is Sept. 1, 2012, at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas (in case anyone is wondering).

Kyle Meinke

Mon, Jul 30, 2012 : 6:34 p.m.

I've always had a problem getting dates.


Mon, Jul 30, 2012 : 6:12 p.m. forget doesn't like to print dates.


Mon, Jul 30, 2012 : 5:39 p.m.

@heartbreak. SEC and Tom anyone here missing the point that by that time of night...8 pm, most of the students in this town will be so drunk they 1, won't be able to find the stadium or 2 not remember anything about the game...and SEC...kleenex? I say buckets and cool washcloths...cuz it don't matter whether you win or's how drunk you can get by kick-off!


Mon, Jul 30, 2012 : 6:38 p.m.

@Simon. I apologize if I offended you. I honestly wasn't trying to (on this one). I tend to forget that playing "late" games is not common in AA. In the SEC we do play many games later than noon. Consequently, late(r) games are a bigger deal for um than for most SEC teams. That statement was not meant to detract from or diss um.


Mon, Jul 30, 2012 : 6:32 p.m.

Funny!! Sadly, I think you may be right, be it a big night game, before classes begin, and a big holiday party weekend. Even more reason that Brandon is missing an opportunity here. Imagine the amount of munchies he could sell, at 5.00 a bag?? Or he could get blue and yellow striped m/ms and sell them for 15.00 a bag as "limited edition alternative m&ms..."


Mon, Jul 30, 2012 : 6:26 p.m.

Students seem to have found the stadium ok last fall vs ND...


Mon, Jul 30, 2012 : 6:11 p.m.

I concede your point :-) in the SEC, we play many night games so I wasn't considering how big a deal that is up here.


Mon, Jul 30, 2012 : 4:44 p.m.

wow. they're gonna need a lot of Kleenex! (and quite a few counselors too)


Mon, Jul 30, 2012 : 7:22 p.m.

Oh, and David, the following is actually listed at the top of the um wiki page: "This article needs additional citations for verification." Means half the stuff you're citing as "evidence" of great um graduates could be pure fiction. Whoever added most of the names didn't provide references to prove it. that's why you can't use it for "research"...


Mon, Jul 30, 2012 : 7:15 p.m.

Hey David. I'm sure Wikipedia is an acceptable research "source" at um...but in the SEC we are actually required to use sources not written by the general public (for all I know, you could have edited it). Of course, the founder of Wikipedia is actually a Crimson Tide Alumni...but I digress. you could try this list: it's a bit more complete: not that I'm defending the academics of 'Bama...that wasn't my SEC school. but the SEC does have some good academics also:


Mon, Jul 30, 2012 : 6:41 p.m.

Hey SEC fan---Have you seen the list of "prominent" University of Alabama people? I've provided a link below. The most famous non-athlete is Ponzi-schemer Bernie Madoff!! The University of Alabama has not produced hardly a single famous alum outside of this scoundrel. SEC proud. All athletics, no academics.


Mon, Jul 30, 2012 : 6:39 p.m.

@Simon. Why thank you. I know I am :-)


Mon, Jul 30, 2012 : 6:24 p.m.

Man you are so cool to comment on every article about UM and diss them. So clever.


Mon, Jul 30, 2012 : 6:09 p.m.

@Ghost...hmmmm...considering the recent um record I wouldn't be throwing stones if I were you. Newspaper headline should have read: "Brady Hoke - Returns to his criminal justice days - Now Head Coach of um Wolvies"

Ghost of Tom Joad

Mon, Jul 30, 2012 : 5:30 p.m.

counselors are cheaper than lawyers, which is what most SEC players should be sure they have one of!


Mon, Jul 30, 2012 : 4:43 p.m.

Seems like more than just students should be invited. Personally, I'll be in Texas. Go Blue!


Mon, Jul 30, 2012 : 4:40 p.m.

Free food? Does David Brandon know about this? He's missing an opportunity