In Game

Michigan Stadium, affectionately referred to as the Big House, has the largest capacity of any college football stadium in the country. The crowd at Michigan Stadium on game days is so large that when in the stadium on game day you’ll be part of the 4th largest city in the state. A capacity crowd of 107,601 is so loud you’ll feel the stadium vibrate through your bones. The passion from the fans, students, and alumni bleeds through the stadium on game day making it one of the best atmospheres in all of college football. You’ll have a fantastic time at a Michigan game as the incredible atmosphere makes the trip to Ann Arbor a once in a lifetime experience.

It’s not just the team and fans that make attending a Michigan game a must for any college football fan. The marching band at Michigan is one of the best bands in the NCAA, and even during a blowout game, most fans don’t leave until after the band plays at halftime. You’ll also get to witness their incredible in-game music that does a great job of accompanying the situation going on in the game. The band makes their presence well known as you can hear them clearly through the screams of the largest crowd in the NCAA.

You’ll also love Michigan’s iconic chants and fight songs. Here in Ann Arbor, you’ll find not only some of the most famous chants and songs in all of college football but also some that are a bit more obscure and known mainly only to Wolverines fans. The song and chants at Michigan really enhance the game as they’ll get you and the rest of the crowd up and on their feet to cheer on the Wolverines.

 

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Winged Helmet

The winged helmet may have be born at Princeton, but it became world famous at Michigan where the team has worn it since 1938. The design was brought to Michigan by legendary Wolverines head coach Fritz Crisler, who introduced the design to aid his team’s passing game.

Tunnel Walk and Go Blue Banner

Before every game, the players run out onto the field at the 50-yard line. On the way out every player will try and touch the banner as they enter the field. It’s done to give the Wolverines a little bit of extra luck and has been very successful over the years as the Wolverines have the most wins in the history of college football.

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"Key" Play

On key plays like 3rd down or towards the end of the game, the crowd will pull out their keys and jingle them simultaneously in order get loud and distract the opposing team.

The Wave

A staple of athletics as a whole but college athletics especially, Michigan Stadium is no different. This tradition involves one section of the crowd standing up vertically while raising both the hands, while the section directly next to them follows suit until it goes around the entire stadium.

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Seat for Crisler

Every game the Wolverines holds a seat for Fritz Crisler who served as Michigan head coach from 1938 to 1947. The tradition has even lead to the official capacity of Michigan Stadium ending in 1 whenever the capacity changes.

Block M Formation

The Block M-Formation is a game day staple at Michigan. The iconic routine is part of the marching band’s pregame performance and takes place right as the band enters the field at the 50-yard line.

Fight Songs

  1. Hail to the Victors

    One of the most iconic fight song in all of college football. You’ll never forget this song after just one game at the Big House. There is also a customary fist pump at every “HAIL” and 2 fist pumps at “GO BLUE” in the song that the whole crowd will do as the marching band plays this song.

    Now for a cheer they are here,
    triumphant!
    Here they come with banners flying,
    In stalwart step they’re nighing,
    With shouts of vict’ry crying,
    We hurrah, hurrah, we greet you now,
    Hail!

    Far we their praises sing
    For the glory and fame they’ve bro’t us
    Loud let the bells them ring
    For here they come with banners flying
    Far we their praises tell
    For the glory and fame they’ve bro’t us
    Loud let the bells them ring
    For here they come with banners flying
    Here they come, Hurrah!

    Hail! to the victors valiant
    Hail! to the conqu’ring heroes
    Hail! Hail! to Michigan
    the leaders and best
    Hail! to the victors valiant
    Hail! to the conqu’ring heroes
    Hail! Hail! to Michigan,
    the champions of the West!

    We cheer them again
    We cheer and cheer again
    For Michigan, we cheer for Michigan
    We cheer with might and main
    We cheer, cheer, cheer
    With might and main we cheer!

    Hail! to the victors valiant
    Hail! to the conqu’ring heroes
    Hail! Hail! to Michigan,
    the champions of the West!

  2. Let's Go Blue!

    Probably the 2nd most frequent tradition behind only the fight song, this quick chant starts with either the band or a random fan with a cowbell, playing a beat and the crowd answers by chanting “Let’s Go Blue!” in a similar way for a few repetitions.

    Let’s go, Blue!
    Let’s go, Blue!
    Let’s go, Blue!
    Let’s go, Blue!

  3. It’s great to be a Michigan Wolverine

    Used in intermissions or other stoppages in play, the crowd will sing “It’s great, to be, a Michigan Wolverine”

    It’s Great to be, a Michigan Wolverine!
    It’s Great to be, a Michigan Wolverine!
    It’s Great to be, a Michigan Wolverine!
    It’s Great to be, a Michigan Wolverine!

  4. You Suck

    If the opposing team fails to convert one of their “key” plays or commits a costly mistake, the whole crowd will chant “You, Suck!” complete with the Wolverine claw (simply an open hand) towards the opposing team as they chant.

    “You, Suck!”

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