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New renovations wave bye-bye to old-school traditions of Michigan Stadium

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By Joshua Charles

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           The hammer has fallen at the “Big House” and the very foundation that Michigan football was built on has been shaken.

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           The approval of a $226 million renovation was sent down by the Michigan Board of Regents earlier this morning.

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           Mgoblue.com reports the renovations are scheduled to take place over a four year span. These renovations include 83 luxury suites, 3,200 club level seats, wider aisles and seats, more restrooms, more points of entry and a new press box. This decision is one that is surrounded by controversy and splits the Michigan fan base regarding its approval.

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           There are positives to the renovation, such as a new press box and the widening of aisles and seats. However the negatives affect much more then just the stadium, but the very state of Michigan football and where it stands today.

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           Those negatives are the addition of club seats and luxury suites. It is somewhat ironic that a University who takes great pride in the tradition of their football team would make such drastic changes to the historical landmark in which they play.

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           The tradition of Michigan football is what many of their fans hang their hat on. It is a huge factor as to why Michigan still remains a premier program in college football despite grossly underachieving over the last several seasons.

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           Bill Martin, Athletic Director of The University of Michigan has stated that the new renovations will be of “high quality” and that they will “respect the tradition and character of the stadium.” To respect the character and tradition would be to not follow through on adding club seats and luxury suites.

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           The character of the stadium represents blue-collar Americans and to add luxury suites will separate TRUE FANS from those who merely attend games to watch their investment, much like the stock market.

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           In the article that I wrote a few weeks ago regarding luxury suites, John Pollack, one of the founders of savethebighouse.com, stated that “The University shouldn’t sell their tradition to modernize their stadium,” and that is exactly what they have done.

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           The records will still be there and so will the trophies that they have won, but the classic feeling of attending a college football game at Michigan Stadium will no longer be with us.

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           College football is the greatest sport in America and while teams may stay the same, the big business behind the scenes doesn’t fully understand what makes the game great.

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           Michigan Stadium is an icon in the eyes of many sports enthusiasts. It is a Michigan fans holy ground and it will be forever changed.

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           Times are changing in college football and styles are too. But what made Michigan Stadium better then the rest was that up until now it was one of a kind.