Michigan Stadium to have permanent lights

The Big House is getting lights on a permanent basis.

Michigan's Board of Regents on Thursday approved a $1.8 million proposal to add permanent lights to Michigan Stadium. The lights will be used for Michigan's hockey game against Michigan State on Dec. 11 as well as Michigan's first night football game against Notre Dame on Sept. 10, 2011.

Michigan also can use the lights for late-afternoon games rather than bringing in temporary lights that create traffic problems around the stadium.

"It's going to be better for our fans in the stadium and those watching the broadcast," athletic director Dave Brandon told the Associated Press. "It'll lead to less wear and tear on our newly renovated stadium and over time, it will be a financially good decision, too."

This is a no-brainer, folks. Night football is a huge hit in the college ranks, and Michigan has been lagging behind. Brandon knows it, and so does head coach Rich Rodriguez.

The Big Ten seems to be warming up to more and more night games, although the league remains reluctant to play in prime time after Nov. 1.

I wouldn't expect Michigan to play a ton of night football right away. Then again, Brandon is a progressive guy, and he sees what Michigan has been missing all these years.