The Big House and Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson look unrecognizable compared to last year.
In his first start, Robinson broke the Michigan record for total yards with 383 against Uconn. In the next game, against the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame, he broke his own record with 502 yards.
Robinson became the first Michigan player to win consecutive National Player of the Week awards for his performances against Uconn and Notre Dame.
Through three games, Robinson remains first nationally, with 1,230 total yards.
To kick off the beginning of the Michigan Stadium rededication ceremonies, Keith Jackson presented “A bigger, Big House” to the rededication crowd.
Keith Jackson is known for naming Michigan Stadium as “The Big House.”
The Big House had a record crowd for a football game with 113,090 people in the Uconn game.
Most fans loved the new look of Michigan Stadium.
“Just the idea of changing the Big House, such an iconic structure, was a little bit concerning to me, but having seen the way the project has evolved, especially now seeing the completed project. I am 100 percent happy with what happened,” Michigan fan Rod Kusumi said.
The renovations cost $226 million. Along with the luxury and press boxes, there are around 3,000 club seats on the east side. The west side has 650 chair-back seats.
They also made the aisles and seats wider and built more restrooms, concession stands and public safety services.
After the Big House video was played, some of the people involved with implementing the new luxury and press boxes walked to the ribbon that was tied to the poles holding up the “Go Blue” banner at the middle of the field.
After the ribbon was cut by former University of Michigan athletic director Bill Martin, they set off fireworks on both sides of the field.
Michigan did many other things to commemorate the Big House rededication, from jets passing overhead to clouds appearing to read “Go Blue.” The “M” logo also was created in the sky.
Among the highlights was an appearance by Brock Mealer, brother player Elliott Mealer.
“The struggle and triumph of a team member’s brother was as much a part of the coaches’ and team’s excitement as all of the football pageantry of the historic day at the Big House,” Kusumi said.