As the official Wolverines hoops haven for more than 40 years, Crisler Arena holds more than 13,000 rollicking gold-and-blue brethren for each of the storied program's hard-fought home games. Behind playmaking sophomore guard Darius Morris and freshman phenom Tim Hardaway Jr., the Wolverines are ready to challenge conference opponents with a fury of fast breaks, dunks, dribbles, and dirty dishes. Michigan's Big Ten matchup against the Badgers from Madison also marks Fan Appreciation Night, during which ardent hoops hounds are rewarded for their unconditional basketball jones with special prizes and performances by the Michigan dance team. Cheer on Coach Beilein's crew of collegiate ballers as they polish glass backboards and refinish hardwood floors in a valiant attempt to intimidate their haplessly smaller, red-clad weasel prey.
Over the course of 132 dizzying seasons, the University Musical Society has delighted the Ann Arbor community with more than 6,000 finely tuned musical maelstroms. The UMS' December rendition of Handel’s celebrated oratorio, Messiah, marks an annual onside kickoff to the holiday season. Each year the performance draws a diverse crowd of music lovers, some of whom have attended the event for decades. Ring in the season with Conductor Jerry Blackstone as he draws angelic notes from the lips of experienced sopranos and baritones, whose dulcet tones reverberate in perfect unison with the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra’s violins, trumpets, and first-chair Nerf Vortex.
Putt N Glow Recreation Center illuminates group entertainment under an assemblage of black lights and glow-in-the-dark fixtures. The 18-hole indoor mini-golf course sets putting foursomes on a par-threatening voyage through scores of neon obstacles scattered about pitch-black greens, such as a rotating ferris wheel and a troposphere-slicing airplane propeller. Warm up club-toting biceps with a 30-minute session of either air hockey or ping-pong. Like on the mini-golf course, dimly lit fluorescence accompanies paddlers as they deflect disks and ping-pong balls back-and-forth like a hot potato or a room-temperature porcupine.
The distinctive, hemispherical stage of Hill Auditorium saturates more than 3,500 listeners in what the New York Times labels as “superb acoustics.” Designed by renowned Detroit architect Albert Kahn and built in 1913, the auditorium underwent an 18-month renovation in 2004 to install such modern amenities as air conditioning and automated applause robots.
Since 1980, Wild Swan Theater has been committed to bringing the performing arts to as many youngsters as possible. The company also has an American Sign Language interpreter for every production, integrated into the performance itself. Their reach extends even further with audio descriptions and touch tours for visually-impaired audience members.