Among a conference full of intimidating atmospheres for visiting basketball teams, players and students agree that Michigan’s Crisler Center is sorely lacking. In an online petition scheduled to be published later today, several student leaders have a proposed fix: “Expand the Maize Rage.”
Currently, Michigan students are only allocated a limited amount of seats in the lower bowl of Crisler Center. A vast majority of the student section (dubbed the “Maize Rage”) is located in the upper bowl of the arena, isolated and far from the action. Subsequently, the Michigan men’s basketball team is unable to fully harness the energy of the students during crucial moments of games. The upcoming petition created by leaders of the Maize Rage urges the Michigan Athletic Department to expand the number of seats allocated to the student section within the lower bowl.
A draft of the petition obtained by WCBN Sports raises two demands for administrators in the Athletic Department. First, it writes that “the Maize Rage needs to be expanded to allow more students into the lower bowl,” although it does not mention specific areas where the student section should expand to or how many students should be added to the lower bowl. Second, the petition asks that student leaders of Maize Rage “get a seat at the table when it comes to making this decision.” The petition claims that these requests, along with a modified student ticketing strategy, will “make the Crisler Center one of the toughest environments to play in the whole country.”