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Michigan Stadium, Ann Arbor

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Michigan Stadium, nicknamed "The Big House", is the football stadium for the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan. It is the largest stadium in the United States and Western Hemisphere, the third largest stadium in the world, and the 34th largest sports venue. Its official capacity is 107,601, but has hosted crowds in excess of 115,000.

Michigan Stadium was built in 1927 at a cost of $950,000 (equivalent to $11.4 million in 2019) and had an original capacity of 72,000. Prior to the stadium's construction, the Wolverines played football at Ferry Field. Every home game since November 8, 1975 has drawn a crowd in excess of 100,000, an active streak of more than 200 contests. On September 7, 2013, the game between Michigan and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish attracted a crowd of 115,109, a record attendance for a college football game since 1948, and an NCAA single-game attendance record at the time, overtaking the previous record of 114,804 set two years previously for the same matchup.
Michigan Stadium was designed with footings to allow the stadium's capacity to be expanded beyond 100,000. Fielding Yost envisioned a day where 150,000 seats would be needed. To keep construction costs low at the time, the decision was made to build a smaller stadium than Yost envisioned but to include the footings for future expansion.
Michigan Stadium is used for the University of Michigan's main graduation ceremonies; President Lyndon B. Johnson outlined his Great Society program at the 1964 commencement ceremonies in the stadium. It has also hosted hockey games including the 2014 NHL Winter Classic, a regular season NHL game between the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Detroit Red Wings with an official attendance of 105,491, a record for a hockey game. Additionally, a 2014 International Champions Cup soccer match between Real Madrid and Manchester United had an attendance of 109,318, a record crowd for a soccer match in the United States. It will also host the upcoming 2020 Sport Aid concert.

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  • This stadium is really big. We were here for a campus visit and liked the stadium a lot. It’s within walking distance of the main campus and seems like a real draw for the school.  more »
  • This Stadium is the LARGEST in the country. Each Saturday home game, upon arrival, you feel like your part of one big family as you set up your tents and bring out the food/drinks. I love the...  more »
  • I loved going to Michigan Stadium since it’s such an iconic venue. For such a large stadium it is extremely clean and you just feel comfortable being there. There are plenty of concession stands so you don’t have to stand I line very long. Same with the rest rooms. Overall a great experience.
  • As a big college football fan I don’t think there is a better venue. Getting in and out of the stadium is surprisingly simple despite the fact that there are over 100,000 people every game. The concourse is clean and organized. This place is truly incredible. Go blue!

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