Michigan Stadium to make adjustments to tunnel following issues in 2022 season, per report
Michigan Stadium will reportedly make some adjustments regarding the makeup of the tunnel following issues stemming from the 2022 season.
According to Aaron McMann with MLive.com, Michigan will be removing seats from the Big House in order to widen the tunnel leading from the field to the locker rooms. That modification will remove approximately 45 seats from the stadium in order to widen the tunnel following a safety review after the 2022 season.
McMann reports the decision is directly stemming from an incident following the Oct. 29 rivalry game between Michigan and Michigan State but did not involve the postgame altercation between players. According to the report, the incident involved a fan on the north side of the tunnel reaching down and making contact with the head of Spartan head coach Mel Tucker as he made his way into the tunnel.
In November, the B1G released an official statement on the incidents of Oct. 29. That statement included a public reprimand for the Michigan program. The punishment also indicated the Wolverines did not meet the standards of the B1G’s Football Game Management Manual Policy.
In addition to the events on Oct. 29, the Michigan Stadium tunnel has come under scrutiny multiple times. Penn State and Michigan had a mix-up in the tunnel during the 2022 season with James Franklin criticizing the makeup of the tunnel afterward.