Michigan Stadium has been nearly unrecognizable to anyone passing by in the last several months.
But the construction to add suites and premium seating in time for the 2010 season hasn’t changed the look from within much.
A couple of months after Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez and recruits went into the stadium, University architect Doug Hanna led the media in a tour of the construction.
The concourses within the new sideline structures that run along the sidelines and hold the suites will be open to all ticket holders in 2010.
New buildings on the north end of the stadium will open this season. They will hold an M-Den store, restrooms, guest services, student will-call, first-aid personnel and the Department of Public Safety.
Aluminum platform along the east sideline will provide disabled seating in row 54.
Michigan officials emphasized it will be important for fans to arrive early for games this year because the construction will increase congestion in and near the stadium. The congestion will be particularly thick in the concourse, so a recommended entrance will be printed on tickets.