Fans spend all day gearing up for first night game

ANN ARBOR - Michigan and Notre Dame fans had one thing in common on Saturday and that was spending all day preparing to cheer their hearts out at the first night game ever played at Michigan Stadium.

The day started out early for some. Especially for those driving up from South Bend. Saint Mary's Senior Julia Humphrey said, “We woke up really, really early this morning. 7 a.m."

Those already in Ann Arbor did the same.“These girls woke us up at 6:30 in the morning to get ready for this,” said Michigan Sophomore Scott Lembitz.

Lembitz was one of many who came out for the taping of ESPN's College Football GameDay which set-up on Ingalls Mall.

From then on, fans turned their minds to tailgating and talking smack about the rivalry game about to take place at the Big House.

Gates opened two hours before the game and as fans piled in, the sun went down. Before they knew it the coin toss was complete and the first night game in the 84-year history of Michigan Stadium was underway.

Many fans said they wouldn't have missed it for the world.

“I’ve never been so excited for this in all my life. And that includes my wedding and my son being born," said Andy Spain.

After an up and down game and an even more exciting ending, Michigan pulled off the win at the Big House with a final score of 35-31.



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