Big House en Michigan athletics loses magic and fans thanks to Brandon's policies <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">L</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">ast week, Michigan Athletics admitted student football ticket sales are down —from about 21,000 two years ago to just 13,000 this fall. &nbsp;</span></p><p>How’d Michigan lose so many students so fast?</p><p>A lot of hard work.</p><p>Athletic Director Dave Brandon has often cited the difficulty of using cell phones at Michigan Stadium as "the biggest challenge we have."&nbsp; But when Michigan students ranked seven factors for buying season tickets, they ranked cell phones dead last.&nbsp;</p><p>What did they rank first?&nbsp; Being able to sit with their friends.&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 06 Jun 2014 10:00:00 +0000 John U. Bacon 17878 at Michigan athletics loses magic and fans thanks to Brandon's policies Big-time soccer coming to The Big House <p>Two of the world's biggest soccer teams are officially coming to Ann Arbor. English champions Manchester United will play Spanish giants Real Madrid in the Big House on Aug. &nbsp;2. The match is part of an off-season tournament that follows the World Cup in Brazil.</p> Sat, 05 Apr 2014 00:58:26 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 17107 at Big-time soccer coming to The Big House There's no such thing as a "Walmart Wolverine" <p>One debate I could do without is this: Who are the real Michigan fans?</p><p>I realize that sounds pretty stupid. Anybody who cheers for Michigan is a Michigan fan, right? But we make it harder than it needs to be.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Some folks believe only people who <em>graduated </em>from Michigan can call themselves real Michigan fans.</p><p>The rest? They are mere “Walmart Wolverines” – fans who pick their college teams the way they pick their professional teams: mainly by geography.</p><p> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 11:30:00 +0000 John U. Bacon 17009 at There's no such thing as a "Walmart Wolverine" Federal agents also scored big at NHL Winter Classic <p>This week’s big National Hockey League game at the Big House in Ann Arbor drew a big crowd.<br /><br />Federal officials announced today the game also drew a few crooks.<br /><br />The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations division says it usually sees an uptick in counterfeit sports merchandise during big events like the NHL’s Winter Classic.<br /> Thu, 02 Jan 2014 21:54:33 +0000 Steve Carmody 15866 at Federal agents also scored big at NHL Winter Classic Record crowd under the lights sees Wolverines win in final seconds <p>Denard Robinson threw a 16-yard pass to Roy Roundtree with 2 seconds left, lifting Michigan to a 35-31 heart-pounding win over Notre Dame on Saturday night.&nbsp;</p><p>The Wolverines took their first lead on Robinson&#39;s 21-yard pass to Vincent Smith with 1:12 left, then lost it. Briefly.&nbsp;</p><p>Tommy Rees threw a 29-yard touchdown pass to Theo Riddick with 30 seconds left, but the Fighting Irish left Jeremy Gallon wide open on a pass that let Michigan go from its 20 to the Notre Dame 16.&nbsp;</p> Sun, 11 Sep 2011 03:56:38 +0000 The Associated Press 4107 at U of M sports venues' scoreboards will get a makeover <p>Scoreboards at the University of Michigan&rsquo;s premier sports venues are getting a major upgrade. The U of M Athletic Department announced today that it has signed a deal to replace the aging scoreboards at Michigan Stadium, Crisler Arena and Yost Ice Arena with state of the art LED displays.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>In a written statement, UM Athletic Director David Brandon says the department is excited.</p><blockquote><p>&ldquo;Our goal is to set a new, higher standard for our fan&rsquo;s viewing experience and the game day atmosphere we create in our venues. These boards will be an important first step in achieving that goal.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p></blockquote><p>Demolition of the old video boards at the Big House began in March.&nbsp;&nbsp; New, larger LED video screens will be installed in both end zones by this August.</p><p>The total cost of the project is expected to be less than $20 million dollars. Tue, 05 Apr 2011 19:25:25 +0000 Steve Carmody 1923 at U of M sports venues' scoreboards will get a makeover Big Chill comes tomorrow in Ann Arbor <p>More than 109,000 hockey fans are expected to be on hand for Saturday afternoon’s outdoor game at <a href="">Michigan Stadium</a>.&nbsp; Its being called the <a href="">Big Chill</a> for a reason.</p><p>The <a href="">Michigan Wolverines</a> will skate against the <a href="">Michigan State Spartans</a> in a game that will likely break the all-time attendance record for a hockey game.</p> Fri, 10 Dec 2010 15:45:38 +0000 545 at Big Chill comes tomorrow in Ann Arbor