Michigan AD: Wolverines won’t host Michigan State, Ohio State for night games
Michigan plans to host one night game per year at Michigan Stadium even though its series with Notre Dame has come to an end. But Wolverines’ athletic director Dave Brandon said that game isn’t likely to be against Michigan State or Ohio State, reports MLive.com.
The Big House has hosted only two night games in its history, and both have been against Notre Dame, including the No. 17 Wolverines’ 41-30 win against the No. 14 Fighting Irish last weekend.
Brandon said a night game could be possible against fellow Big Ten foes Nebraska, Penn State, Iowa and Northwestern, but he believes there are too many safety concerns to justify a night game against either the Spartans or the Buckeyes.
“I know how many people get arrested, I know how many people get ejected from the stadium, I know how many people get carted off to the hospital. I know what it is on a typical game and I know what it is on a Michigan State game. And if you took a Michigan State game and moved it to 8 o’clock, you could take what we experience now and maybe double or triple it and I don’t want to do that,” Brandon said. “To me that’s not fun. That’s not what college football should be about.”
The announced crowd at Michigan Stadium on Saturday was 115,109, the largest ever to attend an NCAA or NFL football game. The school hosted 160 recruits across all its varsity sports at the game, and Beyoncé even addressed the crowd at halftime in a pre-recorded video.
But the crowd also gave University of Michigan police an especially busy night, according to the report.
Seventy-two people were ejected from Michigan Stadium on Saturday, and 11 people were arrested. Another 133 people had to be treated by emergency medical personnel and of those 133 people, 21 were taken to the hospital according to University of Michigan Police.