anyriotgirl wrote:AceDeuces wrote:anyriotgirl wrote:so how much am I going to have to learn to like sports?
Well, I mean at Michigan sports are huge. Even if you don't like sports, at least go to a game or two at the Big House. If you don't fall in love right away, you will at least have experienced being in the third largest stadium in the world. Basketball has also just exploded. Last year, my last in undergrad, I got in line for the IU basketball game at 4AM for a 6PM game. Not K-ville at Duke, but just to put it in perspective, my freshman year, they gave out free pizza to any student who stayed past halftime.
BUT even if you don't like sports, the tailgating and pre-gaming atmosphere on home game Saturdays is unreal. The whole town is painted maize. It's indescribable. You just have to experience it. I had a number of friends who for one reason or another didn't go to the football games, but they still woke up at 6AM to pre-game. I'm sure the law school has it's own tailgate, though I admit I don't know where it is. The MBA program though has an insane tailgate that involves a bus that people dance on top of, so there's that.
However, Ann Arbor has so much going on. You really do not have to be a sports person at all to get lost in what the city has to offer. Plenty of people are not sports people and still love the city. If you find yourself for whatever reason in Ann Arbor over the summer (Summer Start perhaps?), the non-sports side of Ann Arbor is in full swing. Music, art, The Arb, whatever, there's tons of stuff. But I promise, even if you've never watched football before, you will love Michigan Football by the time you leave.
Thanks for such a great response! My undergrad had next to no sports culture, but I am a sucker for school spirit. I'm excited
It's a fantastic experience. I'll never forget the first time I got to join in with the "It's Great To Be A Michigan Wolverine" chant after the first win of the season my freshman year (youtube it if you aren't familiar...or just spend a few hours watching youtube videos of the Michigan chants, cheers, and boos). Also, this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P6RK-dCniHw It's as close to the feeling of the Big House that you can get off-season. I'm excited for you guys to experience it!