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The BIGGER and Better “Big House”

Posted By Jason Pinter On Aug 27 2010 @ 11:06 am In Michigan | 1 Comment

Last week I got my first glimpse of the “New Big House.” After three years of renovations, the “Big House” finally made the jump to the 21st century, while reclaiming the title of the largest stadium in the United States for college or professional football.

By adding top layers to the stadium with 83 luxury boxes and 3,200 club seats, the” Big House” now holds 109,901 at full capacity. Penn State had a previous record of 107,282.

Enough with the stats, lets get down to business.  The stadium was awesome! The outside stayed consistent with every other building on campus with the nice brick work. Making my way through the club seats and club level really opened my eyes and I realized this is a new and improved stadium. I then moved upwards to the luxury boxes. These things were built to fit a king. Kitchens, couches, flat screens, they had everything you need and more, not to mention two rows of stadium seats with a view like none other. My jaw dropped and I spent almost a half day exploring them from front to back and side to side. I never know when I will be up again, so I had to take advantage!

Take a look at the photo gallery of the stadium, it will add to what I’m trying to explain:

http://www.freep.com/apps/pbcs.dll/gallery?Site=C4&Date=20100725&Category=SPORTS06&ArtNo=7030804&Ref=PH&Params=

The rumor cost for one of these high get a ways in the sky? Try $40,000-$70,000 per season with a 3-year commitment! Doing the math, seven home games breaks down to $10,000 a game on the high end for this season!

I stopped on the fourth floor on my way back down. I happened to stumble across newly appointed Athletic Director Dave Brandon’s private box and President Mary Sue Coleman’s. Sitting side by side, the two boxes covered the fourth floor between each 40 yard lines! These things were huge! I would say triple the size of a “normal” luxury box, with an upscale touch to all of the amenities!

No matter if you are in the luxury boxes, club seats, press box, student section, or on the sidelines there is not a bad seat in the “Big House.” On September 4th, when Michigan takes on the University of Connecticut, some of the nearly 110,000 fans in attendance will get their first look at the “New Big House,” and so will the rest of the country!

I will be back here Tuesday morning with details and news from the first regular season press conference. Rich Rodriguez [1] is slated to start of the press conference, and will be followed by three or four players. The names of the players speaking have not yet been released.

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