The University of Michigan is going to become a no smoking campus in July 2011, but Michigan Stadium isn't going to wait that long to be smoke-free. Starting on Sept. 4, 2010, when Michigan opens its season against UConn, the Big House will be completely smoke-free rather than just smoke-free in the bowl area of the stadium.â†µ
"We have allowed individuals to smoke on the concourse in the past, but with the new renovations and the university's commitment to become a smoke-free campus in 2011, we decided it was in the best interest of everyone to institute the change now," said U-M director of athletics Dave Brandon. "The move will ensure a healthier environment for all fans attending Wolverine football games."â†µ
I hadn't really noticed the smoking too much (mainly because I go nowhere near the south concourse where most of the smoking takes place), but I do think this is a good idea going forward. Just like the smoking ban in the state of Michigan, I'm sure many people will disagree, but in the end the less smoke, the better as far as I'm concerned.