ANN ARBOR, Mich. — The 2021 Michigan vs. Ohio State game featured one of the best atmospheres in recent Big House history as some 111,156 fans packed the stadium to watch the upset. The noisy environment was a product of opponent and result, and an on-court DJ contributed to the noisy afternoon with a performance that started well before kick-off.
This fall, Michigan Athletics hopes to rekindle some of that energy. An on-field DJ will perform at all eight home games to encourage fans to open their eager eyes and “inflate it” as the Wolverines defend their Big Ten title.
DJ Skee (Scott Keeney), who played during The Game last November, will return for the Penn State game on October 15, 2022. This game is also designated Maize Out – when all fans are encouraged to wear corn – and will put featured a flyover of Air Force F-16s from the 180th Fighter Wing’s 112th Fighter Squadron.
DJ Array will perform at Colorado, UConn, Maryland, Nebraska and Illinois State Games; DJ Myint at the Hawai’i game; and DJ Truth at the Michigan State game.
Other aviation-themed promotional events for the 2022 season include a flyby of A-10 Warthogs from the 112th Fighter Wing’s 107th Fighter Squadron before the Michigan State game and a parachute jump before the Nebraska game.
And at halftime at nine-time Grammy Award-winning Penn State Wynton Marsalis will perform alongside the Michigan Marching Band.
In addition to playing in front of the biggest crowds in college football, Michigan generally enjoys high ratings.
In 2021, Michigan vs. Ohio State “delivered college football’s best regular season audience in more than two years, topping an 8.0 rating and 15 million viewers on FOX,” per Sports media monitoring. Fox Sports said at the time that the 15.893 million viewers was the “network’s most-watched college football game“.
“The Wolverines win ranks as the highest-rated and most-watched game in the Ohio State-Michigan series since 2016 (9.4, 16.84 million), and only trails this game as their best game since a meeting No. 1 vs. No. 2 in 2006 (13.0, 21.0 million),” Sports Media Watch reported after the game.
The Wolverines also topped the 2021 viewership charts in Week 11 (5.9 million viewers for a road win over Penn State) and Week 9 (9.3 million viewers for a loss over the road against Michigan State).
The 2021 Big Ten Championship game against the Iowa Hawkeyes had 11.7 million viewers, second only to the SEC Championship game for that weekend.
Michigan opens its 2022 season on September 3 against Colorado State. Kick-off is at noon.
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