Dave Brandon: ESPN paid for lights at Michigan Stadium

Dave Brandon: ESPN paid for lights at Michigan Stadium

Dave Brandon was credited with helping to secure finance to upgrade and improve the athletics facilities in Michigan.

He also assisted the participant in the era of night games for football and Michigan athletics director from 2010 to October 2014, a public criticism of his approach to running a business.

Among his business decisions this week, he unveiled Jim Harbaugh's “Attack Every Day” podcast, and was receiving permanent lighting for the Michigan Stadium.

“Everything is controversial,” said Brandon. "I put lights on the stadium. I got so sick – we were playing the games that afternoon and introducing these portable lights and there are shadows on the field.

“I got ESPN to pay for. We didn't cost. We had to do just a night game to play once a year. ”

ESPN paid the cost of installing permanent lighting at the Michigan Stadium, a 601 seat, a seat, Dave Ablauf's staff spokesman confirmed with MLive on Tuesday.

Michigan's regents board approved lighting in September 2010 and was installed before the “Big Chill at the Big House” match hosted by the school between Michigan and Michigan.

Night football games started seriously then during the 2011 season, when Michigan Notre Dame hosted in the first time before 114,804 Michigan Stadium. The Wolverines game did not play a night in 2012, but they continued up to 8 n.m. kickoff against Notre Dame in 2013 and 7:30 p.m. game against Penn State in 2014.

Under the previous Decade of TV agreement, the schools of all games series agreed by playing a night at home every two seasons; which has since increased to a maximum of two night games at home per season, Ablauf said.

“We put those lights up there and put those big table boards,” Brandon said. "Do you remember, we had those little things dinky under our direction? And then we block that block of M, 're-spelling and from the center of Ann Annbor it's like a thrift for the stadium.

“I think some of these ideas really defined the brand and the program, and in fact it makes the athletics department – more than the athletics facilities – an integral part of the university.”

The details of the dealings with ESPN were never disclosed to the lights. When the lights were installed, university officials stated that the cost of the project was $ 1.8 million, and “funding was provided from athletics department resources.”

Michigan will host your Tennessee Middle State in its season openings on August 31, a game set for 7:30 pm. kickoff to Ann Arbor.

Listen to our podcast focused on Michigan athletics, “Wolverine Confidential,” on Soundcloud (below) or iTunes.

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