The section closely coordinates cheers with the volleyball pep band. Despite the unusual demographic of its core fan base, The Zone welcomes all fans who are willing to participate, wear maize, and cheer loudly. Members of the Maize Rage often attend games for extra support and enthusiasm during rivalry matches.
Whether on the road to cheer the Wolverines to victory or packing the bleachers at Cliff Keen Arena, the Zone strives to conduct itself in the professional manner embodied by the University of Michigan.
The image, support, and impact of the fans has changed, as five of Michigan Volleyball's top 10 home attendance records were set in 2004, the same year The Zone was founded. This includes 2,223 fans who watched the Wolverines take on Penn State on November 27 - the second largest crowd in U-M volleyball history. Michigan's "rowdy and annoying fans" were mentioned by a Michigan State player in 2004. Michigan State alumni were similarly affected in MSU's five-game loss to Michigan in 2005.
The University of Michigan's summer volleyball camps use The Zone as a recruiting tool. A paragraph in the summer camp brochure describes the fans who support Michigan in "a very loud, boisterous collegiate manner. In 2005, renovations to Cliff Keen Arena included a large picture of The Zone underneath the main scoreboard as well as a backlit plastic sign with the same photograph in the Cliff Keen lobby.