Sanne Anthony Staff Writer
Student Council has officially confirmed Prom 2015 to be held at Michigan Stadium on Friday, May 22 — seniors’ last day of school.
Student Council members created an online poll at pihistudentcouncil.com to hear what the student body would prefer for prom: a more expensive ticket for prom at the Big House or a regularly priced ticket for prom at Eastern Michigan University’s Convocation Center. Out of about 300 votes, over 200 voted in favor of prom at Michigan Stadium. Since the results were so overwhelmingly positive toward a ticket for prom at the Big House, Pioneer administration took a tour. After a positive experience, the contract was signed.
Senior Emma Powers, one of the many students who voted in favor of prom at Michigan Stadium, is extremely happy that her choice got picked. “I was so happy when I found out prom is going to be held at the Big House,” she says. “The poll was a really good idea, and I think it worked out for the best.”
Brooke McCully, adviser for the Student Council social committee, assures seniors that “the price is significantly higher, but there are really a lot of benefits.” While the tickets are more expensive, they are all-inclusive and feature a buffet dinner, a tour of the locker room, and an opportunity to take formal or informal pictures on the football field.
Powers says being able to have prom at the Big House is worth the higher ticket price. “The price is worth it because it includes food,” she said. “Also, it’s prom at the Big House! I’m willing to pay a little more money for such a great venue.”
The night will begin around 6-6:30 p.m. on Friday, May 22, in the Jack Roth Stadium Club Tower.
“There’s lots of parking available,” said McCully. “This way, kids can be dropped off by limos or parents and won’t need to pay to be driven around all night.”
Students will arrive then proceed upstairs to the banquet room.
Once in the room, students will be provided with hors d’oeuvres to start the night off. Following hors d’oeuvres, students will enjoy a dinner buffet. After dinner, students will continue downstairs to take pictures on the football field. Also on the field, students will be able to take pictures in front of the eagle sculpture at the Main and Stadium entrance. Following pictures, students will be given the opportunity to tour the Michigan Football locker room. Finally, students will travel back upstairs to the banquet room for dancing, with the night concluding around 11-11:30 p.m. “We want prom to be more of an experience,” says McCully. “Not just another dance.”
Prom has previously been held at Eastern Michigan University’s convocation center in Ypsilanti, and many students in the past have said that prom held there lacked the kind of special night experience they wanted. Senior Santi De La Cerda-Harlow, who attended prom last year, says it could have been better. “The dance was uneventful,” said De La Cerda-Harlow, who hoped the night would feel more exciting and special.
Senior Alida Pitcher-Murray, who also attended last year’s prom, had a good time but noticed that some others didn’t. “Some people lacked interest in dancing,” she says, “so many people sat in chairs around the dance floor.”
Pitcher-Murray thinks this year should be better. “I think we will feel more at home in the Big House and it will be a lot of fun,” she says. “I am so excited for this year’s prom.”
De La Cerda-Harlow, too, is hopeful that this year’s prom will be more eventful. “I think going to Michigan will be way better,” he says. “It’s a game-changer. It should be fun.”
Student Council urges seniors to ask family members or family friends to volunteer as chaperones. “If there are any parent photographers,” McCully says, “it would be great if they could take formal pictures on the field.”
To hold prom at Michigan Stadium is financially demanding, thus resulting in the higher ticket price. Student Council is planning several fundraisers throughout the year as well, but to raise as much money as possible, they are reaching out to the senior students. Student Council is looking for sponsors to help lower the final cost of prom and is asking seniors and their families to help if they are able to.
This will not be the first year Michigan Stadium hosts a high school prom. Dexter High School held prom at the Big House last year, and although Pioneer has been hosting prom elsewhere for years, Student Council has been trying to bring prom back to Ann Arbor for awhile. “We’re Pioneer,” says McCully. “We should have been the first to hold prom at the Big House.”