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The Cathedrals
DICK FRIEDMAN
August 21, 2012
The stadiums of the Big Ten—the most worshipped spots on campus—blend tradition, smart details and a homey atmosphere to keep fans making their pilgrimages, time and again
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August 21, 2012

The Cathedrals

The stadiums of the Big Ten—the most worshipped spots on campus—blend tradition, smart details and a homey atmosphere to keep fans making their pilgrimages, time and again

MICHIGAN WOLVERINES

MICHIGAN STADIUM

CAPACITY 109,901

FIRST GAME Oct. 1, 1927 Michigan 33, Ohio Wesleyan 0

FIRST-GAME ATTENDANCE 17,483

MOST RECENT RENOVATION 2010

SIGNATURE FEATURE Size! The Big House has the largest capacity of any college stadium, 3,329 more seats than No. 2 Penn State's Beaver Stadium

PATRON SAINT Coach Bo Schembechler (194-48-5)

INDELIBLE MOMENT "Hello, Heisman!" Eventual Heisman winner Desmond Howard struck the trophy's signature pose in the end zone (which led to announcer Keith Jackson's now famous exclamation) after a 93-yard punt return in a 31--3 Wolverines victory over Ohio State on Nov. 23, 1991.

COLLEGE KNOWLEDGE The stadium is built on land with an underground spring that hindered construction. The quicksand-like surface engulfed a crane that remains under the site. A seat in the stadium is reserved for hallowed athletic director (1941--68) Fritz Crisler, though, as Crisler told SI in '64, "I am the only one who knows where that spot is." He died in 1982.

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