I guess I’m few that hasn’t really notice meaningful difference in the level of crowd noise this season but we confirmed on Saturday how quiet that place can get. There were times when it was ‘Moment of Silence’ quiet in there. I sat 40 rows behind Michigan’s bench and during certain stretches I could hear Rodriguez…with his back to me.
And there were those uber tranquil moments when you could clearly make out the chirping of birds (a.k.a. Crisler crickets). It’s eerie.
I know there’s a lot of folks who are working for things to be louder. While I think that effort is pretty pointless I’ll will offer this – if you really want to make Michigan Stadium louder you’ve got to work on the students and maybe the band. And it’s more than just the keys that many hate. I sat a few seats away from the senior edge of the student section and while they’re standing the whole game and certainly into it, they’re as quiet as the wine and cheese fans during the lulls.
- I have friends that live about a mile from the stadium and they shared an interesting item. Since the renovation structures were filled out this year, they can’t really hear the roars of the crowd or the PA announcer from their homes during games, and yes, they miss it. It definitely makes sense that the sound would be blocked or redirected.
- The guy on the RAWK music button was out of control in the first half. Love it or hate it, it seemed like they decided to push the envelope on it and piped in music like 10 times in the first half. Thankfully, at least to me, it was dialed down a bit in the second stanza. Speaking of the music, they aren’t giving up on Eminem’s Lose Yourself but still can’t get it right. They dropped the start of the intro but the build up before the lyrics is just too long, especially with the no-huddle offenses. Isn’t it time for some Run DMC?