Are you surprised to learn that the second largest stadium in the world is a football field of a university?
Michigan Stadium, which is nicknamed The Big House, is an American football stadium of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan. This is the largest stadium in the United States, the second largest stadium in the world and the 34th in the largest sports venues. The pitch has an official capacity of 107,601, but can accommodate up to 115,000.
Michigan Stadium was built in 1927 with a budget of $ 950,000 ($ 13982 million in 2020) and had an initial capacity of 72,000. Before the stadium was built, Wolverines played rugby at Ferry Field. All matches since November 8, 1975, attracted more than 100,000 spectators, spanning over 200 events. On September 7, 2013 the match between Michigan and Notre Dame Fighting Irish has attracted 115,109 viewers, the record for a college football match since 1927, and a record for the audience in a NCAA match, surpassed the previous record of 114,804 two years in the same match.
Michigan Stadium is designed with a foundation that allows the stadium to accommodate more than 100,000 people. Fielding Yost once desired a yard with a capacity of 150,000 seats. In order to keep construction prices low at the time, decided to build a smaller yard than Yost had expected but the foundation allowed for future expansion.
Michigan Stadium is used for the University of Michigan’s main graduation ceremony; Lyndon Johnson began offering fairing programs in 1964. Apart from that, this stadium aslo hosts hockey matches including the 2014 NHL Winter Classic, the NHL match between Toronto Maple Leafs and Detroit Red Wings with the main audience. The final is 105,491, the record of a hockey match. In addition, the football match at the 2014 International Champions Cup between Real Madrid and Manchester United had an audience of 109,318, the record for a football match in the United States.