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Before there was a Big House
The history of Michigan foot-
ball begins nearly 50 years before
the Big House.
The first official Michigan
football game was played at
Washtenaw County Fairgrounds
in Ann Arbor in 1883, according
to the Bentley Historical Library
Games were typically held in
Ann Arbor, but if the crowd was
expected to be unusually large,
they'd be held in Detroit instead.
Regents Field became the
team's first official venue in-
1893. After Detroit businessman
Dexter Ferry gave a generous
donation of 21 acres in 1902, the
expanded complex was renamed
Ferry Field. Located adjacent to
the current Intramural Sports
Building, the building held
The Maize and Blue played on
Ferry Field for 20 years before
the inaugural game in Michigan
Stadium in 1927.
The Big House had an origi-
nal capacity of 72,000 and cost
$950,000 to build. The stadium,
78 years old, once held 107,501,
but has temporarily dropped to
106,201 because of construction.
The ongoing $226 million reno-
vation, scheduled to be complet-
ed in 2010, will bump capacity
to 108,000-plus seats, Athletic
Department officials have said.
In 2003, 112,118 packed the
venue for a game against Ohio
Opening Day at Michigan Sta-
dium on Oct. 1, 1927 was a little
different than opening day last
weekend. The Wolverines cruised
to a 33-0 victory over Ohio Wes-
leyan, the defending champion of
the Ohio Conference.
The weather in 1927, however,
was not as ideal - rainstorms
on' the Thursday before game
day drenched the field, leaving it
spotted with puddles. A reporter
commented that the field was
The 1926 Michigan football team, pictured here, was the last to
play at Ferry Field, the stadium that preceded Michigan Stadiurh.
The Wolverines won in their Big House debut the next season.
CAMPUS EVENTS & NOTES
"better suited for water polo than
Nonetheless, the Wolverines
shut out the Battling Bishops
thanks to a standout perfor-
mance by Louis Gilbert, a versa-
tile halfback who contributed to
every one of Michigan's points.
Five minutes after the opening
whistle, he tossed a 15-yard pass
to tight end Kip Taylor for the
first touchdown in the new sta-
Gilbert also threw three touch-
down passes, returned a deflected
punt for a score ran 90 yards on a
kickoff return to open the third
quarter and kicked three extra
points. He also served as the
team's punter, averaging more
than 40 yards per punt.
The Wolverines ended up with
a 6-2 record in their inaugural
season at the Big House, going
undefeated at home and outscor-
ing their opponents 137-39.
University President Mary
Sue Coleman will host an
open house for students at
the President's House Thurs-
day, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Stu-
dents are invited to speak with
the president and enjoy snacks.
Luther Buchele, the first
general manager of the
cil and the namesake of Luther
Co-op, died in a car accident
on Aug 1.
,FOR MORE, SEE THE STATEMENT,.
265 women donned three-
inch high heels to com-
pete in an 80-meter dash
in Sydney yesterday, the BBC
reported. Brittney McGlone,
a professional hurdler, easily
out-sprinted the competition,
taking home a check for $5,000
and a pair of gold stilettos.
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