I used to have a personal blog which occasionally served as a dumping ground for my Michigan sports thoughts. Shortly before I started HSR, I posted this. It seems we may need a reminder.
So you've come to Michigan Stadium to watch a game and you want to do The Wave, do you? You've seen this craze hit other sporting venues and you want to be a part of it? Well, this guide will prepare you for how The Wave is performed by the largest crowd watching a football game anywhere in America.
The Wave may only be initiated by licensed professionals from the student section using the following criteria:
- The game must be well into the third quarter.
- Michigan must have a two-score lead.
- Michigan should be on defense, although this might not be strictly adhered to in a blowout.
The total Wave sequence lasts six circuits around the Big House, as follows:
- The Original Wave (2 circuits)
- The Fast Wave (1 circuit)
- The Slow Wave (1 circuit)
- The Reflected Wave (1 circuit)
- The Split Wave (1 circuit)
- The Original Wave is performed at a moderate pace and travels counter-clockwise around the stadium twice.
- After this is completed, the student section forces the wave through at a much faster pace. The alumni in the adjoining seats usually slow the pace a bit, but it still moves at a faster clip around the stadium.
- When it reaches the student section again, it immediately slows to maybe a third of its original pace and stays that way for another lap.
- After reaching the student section again, it stops and is reflected back in a clockwise direction at the original pace.
- When the clockwise wave returns to student section, they maintain it while simultaneously starting another wave in the counter-clockwise direction. When done correctly, the two waves meet and pass through each other in the opposite corner of the stadium.