[Ed 5/19 - New title, I knew there was something better out there.]
Various parts of Michigan Stadium are being overhauled as part of the stadium renovation. Last season I heard that some of the troughs in the men’s bathrooms were replaced with traditional urinals with dividers. For the ladies, the above photo is decent representation of what we’re dealing with and they cover just about every wall and along with a few traditional stalls. As I understand it, the remaining troughs will be replaced this summer.
This topic came up on the WTKA 1050AM morning show and Sam expressed his disdain for the community drains, citing the hazards involved when adjacent streams go astray. Listen to the short clip:
I’m not with Sam on this. For me, anytime I have to leave my stadium seat I’ve got one mission: return as quickly as I can. Unless they expanded the size of the bathrooms there’s no way you can achieve the throughput the troughs provide with stalls or urinals with dividers. IIRC, years ago legendary AD Don Canham removed the mirrors in the women’s bathrooms to get ladies in and out quicker. Let’s hope that there are enough new bathrooms to avoid the bottlenecks.
As far as Sam’s fear of getting hit with the occasional errant trickle, that’s certainly a risk with the troughs but in my experience you rarely end up elbow-to-elbow, even at halftime. And for those who tailgate, hang out with drunks all morning and use the nasty port-a-pottys, the off chance a few drops make it to your pant leg is probably not the worst thing you’ll come into contact with during the day.