Michigan Stadium, the largest in the land, is undergoing renovations.
But this time, it's getting smaller.
The Big House is losing about 2,300 seats in total, lowering its maximum capacity from 109,601 to 107,601. The renovations were done to make the stadium better-equipped for non-football events, and to come into compliance with Americans with Disabilities Act regulations.
Michigan Stadium is still the nation's largest, but only by a hair: it beats out Big Ten rival Penn State's Beaver Stadium by just more than 1,000 seats.
"Our facilities group has done a phenomenal job in increasing the accessibility of Michigan Stadium while minimizing the reduction in seat locations," said one of the school's athletic administrators in a press release. The release cited the installation of handrails throughout the stadium's lower bowl as the reason for changes to comply with ADA guidelines.
Although its reasoning seems valid, it's somewhat interesting timing to reduce capacity of a stadium that, last season, struggled to attract fans. An average of just 104,909 fans attended Wolverines football games last season, according to the Detroit Free-Press.
As John U. Bacon pointed out for ThePostGame last fall, the universities struggles are even more concerning among student fans. In a three-year span, student attendance has declined by more than one-third.
Ticket sales are already up for the 2015 season, thanks in large part to renewed excitement around the program after the hiring of Jim Harbaugh as head football coach.
But for a school that has led college football in annual attendance almost every year since 1974, flagging fan interest remains a concern.