Pulling in stadium tunnels is a chronic problem in older venues

Michigan Stadium is one of the few remaining venues in American sports where the home and visiting teams use the same tunnel to enter and exit the field, a design popular in venues built in the early 20th century but now rare. Is. Is. In the NFL

, stadiums in Buffalo, Detroit, and Kansas City have homes and visiting teams use the same tunnel. Michigan State has suspended eight players for their role in the tunnel scuffle, which began after fourth-placed Michigan beat the Spartans 29-7. This was the second straight game in Michigan involving a tunnel dispute.

Teams leave their locker rooms at different times to go through the tunnel for the start of the game. “If circumstances, by accident or intentionally, create the confluence of two teams in a tunnel,” Simmons said, “it is hard to imagine situations where two groups of people play an inherently violent game.” I’ve been struggling for three-and-a-half hours or four hours, no energy coming together in a confined space.”

Rutgers coach Greg Schiano said this week that there are plans to build a second tunnel at SHI Stadium, but that’s not the case. Didn’t give a deadline. Schiano said he knew of no tunneling incident in his two tenures at Rutgers in his 14 years.

Not inside the lone tunnel used by both teams until one for visitors was built in 2017.

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