Let’s be honest, the majority of Michigan fans are some of the most passive in the country when they attend games. We have to have 100,000 people in our football stadium to even come close to getting as loud as some of the SEC schools. I am not questioning anybody’s loyalty or fanhood, I am just saying that our fans are notoriously quiet. My parents said it was like that when they were at Michigan and it was that way for me from 2010-2014. While our fans can get up for games like the Notre Dame night games, MSU games, and OSU games, they struggle in all other games and even in parts of those big games.
The same goes for basketball. I had season tickets all four years and was there for the rejuvenation of our program. The students have been pretty incredible for the last 5+ years given that many are relegated to the rafters but it’s the adults who are the problem just like in football. I have never seen a “full” Crisler Center; there are always open seats even for the huge games against MSU, Arizona, Kansas, OSU, Wisconsin etc. The majority of those fans that do show up are quiet and sit on their hands until the very end of the game when they finally manage to stand up. I don’t know how we could fix this problem other than pushing all of the adults to the upper sections like they do at the Breslin Center. When was the last time someone said Crisler was an intimidating place to play? Never. It’s because we have all the rich, quiet alumni sitting courtside politely clapping like they are at a tennis match. These people need to be moved up and away from the court but it will never happen because our athletic program values the money they spend on tickets too much.
We could have the greatest recruiting classes known to man, we could start more crazy rewards programs to get people to show up to games, we could have the number 1 team in the country again but it won’t matter. Michigan fans are intellectuals who have so much going on in their lives that basketball takes a back seat. I’m sure all of those fans love our team but they suck at creating a basketball atmosphere when they come to the games. Be louder adults, you are embarrassing us.