Saturday's game against Wisconsin not only marks the start of the Big Ten Season in the new Rich Rod era, but it will also be the 500th game played in the house that Yost built.
The Miller family farm, ca. 1902 at the future site of Michigan Stadium. The buildings stand at the approximate site of section 23. John Miller, whose father built the house, was a ticket attendant at gate no. 6 on opening day and manned the post for fifty years.
A few fun facts:
1) The stadium is actually built on the site of an underground spring/lake. Because of the high water table, the ground had to be lowered, which is why the bowl is underground and not above ground. Legend has it that there is still a steam shovel used during construction stuck in the quicksand/muck beneath the stadium.
2) The first game at Michigan Stadium was October 1, 1927 against Ohio Wesleyan. Michigan won that 'contest' 33-0.
3) Fuzzy Math???? Need some fact checkers please.....according to the Bentley's web site, the record thru 2006 at the Big House is 373-109-15. If you include the 5-3 record from the 2007 season as well as the 1-1 at home this season that brings the total up to 379-113-15 which would make tomorrow's game the 508th game????? and not really the 500th.
4) Most wins coached in the stadium? 129. Fielding H. Yost
5) Most losses coached in the stadium? 26. Bump Elliott
6) The last time there were fewer than 100,000 fans in attendance was Oct. 25, 1975. "Only" 95,857 were on hand for the 55-7 Michigan victory over Indiana.
7) The NCAA regular season attendance record was set against tUOS in 2003 when 112,118 were in attendance.
8) With attendance over 100,000 for each home game, Ann Arbor basically doubles in size. For the 3rd year in a row, Verizon will be activating a COLT (cell on light truck) on game days in order to handle the increased capacity of those in the stadium trying to use their cellys!!!