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2A - Thursday, October 26, 2006

MONDAY:
Ten Spot

TUESDAY:
Arbor Anecdotes

WEDNESDAY: FRIDAY:
Jobs at the 'U' Explained _Before You Were Here
What's the real stadium capacity?
Here's a clue: It's not 107,501

It's a staple of any football Sat-
urday at Michigan Stadium. In
the second half, the announcer
informs the crowd that it is once
again the largest crowd watch-
ing a football game anywhere in
America.
And the attendance is usually
above 110,000.
Therein lie the questions:
Doesn't the Big House officially
only seat 107,501? Why is our
normal attendance between 109,
000 and 112,000? And what's
with that one extra seat?
The extra seat was included
in the renovation plans by head
football coach Fritz Crisler back
in 1949. Crisler wanted the extra
seat to be reserved for then-Ath-
letic Director Fielding Yost. The
legend goes that Crisler was
the only one who actually knew
where the extra seat was.
The new plans raised the
capacity of the stadium from
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The student section durint Michitan's victory over the Wis-
consin Badgers on Sept. 23. Michigan Stadium holds far more
people than its official capacity of 107,501.
CAMPUS NEWS & NOTES

000 to 100,001 to accommo-
te the post-World War II boom
attendance and included the
tallation of 13 rows of steel
achers to replace temporary
oden bleachers.
Further renovations to seat-
g in the Big House were made
1973. Capacity went up by
00 seats. and then another
0 in 1991, for a total of 102, 501
ats. The Big House was the
gest stadium in the country
til 1996 when the University
Tennessee expanded Neyland
idium.
But the University refused to
ow the Big House be the Next-
gest House. In 1998, 5,000
ditional seats were added for
grand total of 107,501 seats,
toring the stadium to its
one as the largest in the coun-
However, the reported atten-
nce for each game exceeds the
in connection with the Royal
Shakespeare Company's
residence. The company will
be on campus for just under
three weeks.
WHO: Michael Neill, a
professor at the University
of Auckland in New Zea-
land
WHEN: Today from noon to
1:30 p.m.
WHERE: Forum Hall, Palm-
er Commons
CORRECTIONS
C A story on the front
page of yesterday's Daily
(Two campus groups and
the student between them)
misidentified Brian Hull as
a former secretary of the
Michigan Student'Assem-
bly. Hull served as the
assembly's treasurer.
Please report any error in
the Daily to corrections@
michigandaily.com.

seating capacity. Isn't that a fire
hazard of some kind? There's an
explanation for that as well.
The turnstiles at the entranc-
es of the stadium measure game
attendance, so everyone who
goes through them is counted
in the official attendance for a
game.
So all the concession stand
workers, band members, football
players, coaches, reporters and
groundskeepers are counted,
even though they aren't actually
in the stands.
That's why the largest crowd
in stadium and NCAA history
was 112,118 for the Nov. 22, 2003
game against Ohio State Univer-
sity.
EKJYOTSAINI
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2 Most Americans favor an
increase in the number
of Border Patrol agents
along the U.S.-Mexico borde
rather than building a 700-
mile fence. In a CNN poll by
Opinion Research Corp., 74
percent said they would favor
of more agents while only 45
percent supported a fence.
Sen. Debbie Stabenow
(D-Mich.) voted yes on
a constitutional amend-
ment to ban flagburning.
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CRIME NOTES
Racist graffiti
found on wall of
elevator

of Dentistry Building, t
Department of Public S
reported. A suspect was
identified, but the inves
tion is ongoing.

WHERE: West Hall, Mcardradar The library has more than
University Ave. unit 20,000 titles in a pair of chil-
UHE es y tabu unitostolen dren's books collections.
WHEN: Tuesday at about WHO: William Gosling,
7:18 a.m. WHERE: LOT SC-9, 300 curator of the library's chil-
WHAT: Racist graffit was Hill St. dren's literature collection
found written on an elevator WHEN: Tuesday at about WHEN: Daily from 10 a.m.
wall. 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
WHAT: A radar unit and WHERE: Harlan Hatcher
Cash swiped and an Mcard were stolen Graduate Library, Special
from a vehicle left unlocked Collections, 7th Floor
in a parking lot.
building Prof to spea ron
WHERE: School of Dentist- AROUND CAMPUS the meaning of
ry, 101 N. University Ave. Library tohost
WHEN: Tuesday at about 0The mpe
9:06 a.m. children's lit
WHAT: Cash was stolen WHAT: Lecture on William
from a room in the School exhibit Shakespeare's "The Tempest"

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