The renovation of Michigan Stadium is complete! As we enter the first season of the newly renovated facility, it is important that all guests are aware of the changes in order to make your game day experience an exceptional one. Some highlighted changes include:
- New Premium Seating Areas and Additional Concourse Spaces Available
- Changes to Parking Areas including Handicapped Parking
- Prohibition of All Bags and Water Bottles from Being Brought into the Stadium
- Smoking is no longer allowed anywhere in Michigan Stadium
Details on the changes are listed below. Enjoy the game at your Michigan Stadium!!
The policy prohibiting guests from bringing in any bags of any size (i.e. fanny packs, camera bags, purses, diaper bags, etc.) established for the 2009 season continues in 2010. Those needing to bring items of need (i.e. diapers for a baby, medical prescriptions, etc.) are encouraged to carry them into the stadium in a clear plastic bag.
WATER BOTTLE POLICY
All bottles (including all types of water bottles) are prohibited from being brought into the stadium. There are newly installed water fountains located throughout the concourse and complimentary cups of water are available at each concession stand that has soda dispensing ability.
STADIUM BOULEVARD BRIDGE
Michigan football fans who use Stadium Blvd. as an entry or exit point into Ann Arbor on game days should be aware of an important change in traffic patterns. The Stadium Blvd. bridge that extends over State St. has been narrowed to one lane each way due to structural concerns about the bridge span. This will impact and reduce vehicular flow both prior to and after the game. Fans should consider different points of road entry to the Michigan Stadium area in order to avoid traffic congestion. The spans are checked and tested on a consistent basis and this shutdown could change depending upon the results of those tests. Please check the traffic and parking update page for the most up-to-date information.
EXPANDED GOLF COURSE PARKING
We have expanded parking capacity and options on the University of Michigan Golf Course. There will now be three entry points to U-M Golf Course parking: at the Green Lot entrance off of Stadium Blvd.; at the State St. entrance diagonally across from Stimson Street; and off of Main Street across from Pioneer High School's football field. These areas provide an outstanding area for guests to tailgate and is reasonably priced at $30 per vehicle.
GREY LOT HANDICAPPED PARKING
We have created a new area for guests with a disability to park in the grey lot near the Indoor Track Building. These spots will be available on a day of game basis (first-come/first-serve) for $30 and golf cart shuttles will run to/from that area beginning two hours prior to kickoff and will resume 20 minutes after the end of the game. Guests should be prepared to show their state issued handicapped hang tag to gain entry.
Parking will still be available at the Varsity Tennis Center for $15 per car. However, there will no longer be a shuttle service as in the past. Parking for guests with a disability has been moved to a closer location in the grey lot near the Indoor Track Building (see above).
BLUE LOT CHANGES - HANDICAPPED PARKING AND CONSTRUCTION AREAS
Due to the Basketball Player Development Center construction, the blue lot parking areas have been reconfigured. The handicapped parking area has been moved to the east side of Kipke Drive near the Stadium Blvd. entrance to the blue lot. In addition, additional handicapped parking spots have been established near the Forbes Family Lobby on the east side of the stadium to allow our guests with a disability easy access to the elevators. Finally, the blocked off area directly east of the Michigan Stadium player tunnel has been established as Champions Parking East and consists of reserved parking spots for Regents, Development Guests, Champions Level Donors and Premium Seat Holders.
KEECH and GREENE STREETS
Keech Street (at the north end of stadium) will remain closed beginning two hours prior to kickoff on game days until approximately one hour after the game ends. Greene Street from Keech to Hoover Street will be one-way southbound until after the start of the game and restricted to vehicles with blue lot permits. However, blue lot permit holders are urged to enter the lots from the sSouth on Stadium Blvd., rather than from the north.
ARRIVING AT THE STADIUM
We highly recommend getting inside the stadium gates in plenty of time to enjoy pre-game festivities and avoid the typical congestion near kickoff. Showing up early and becoming familiar with your surroundings will be the best way to make your game day experience a great one. Premium seating entry gates open 2.5 hours prior to kickoff for guests with club or suite level tickets. All other gates open up 2 hours prior to kickoff. We recommend entering the gates at least 60 minutes prior to kickoff.
NEW ENTRIES AND NEW PREMIUM SEATING
The new club seats and suite areas will be completed for the 2010 Michigan football season. Designated entry points have been set up for club and suite level ticket holders on both the east and west side of the stadium. The east side entry is located at the Forbes Family Lobby off the Blue Lot parking area. The west side entry is in the Ross Tower Lobby located off of Main St. just south of Gate 8.
NEW MOBILITY IMPAIRED SEATING
Additional areas of Michigan Stadium will now have accessible seating areas. The new areas for 2010 are on the east (row 72 entry) and west (upper concourse) sides of the stadium. More information about obtaining these tickets can be found on the Michigan Stadium Wheelchair Accessible Seating page.
STAIR TOWERS/UPPER CONCOURSES
One of the biggest improvements in the renovated Michigan Stadium is the additional upper concourse space on the east and west sides of the stadium. The upper concourses on both sides can be accessed by the public stair towers in the four corners of the new structures. These concourses allow guests, particularly those in the upper rows of the sideline, to freely move about the stadium and also provide additional restroom and concession areas.
There are now five banks of elevators at Michigan Stadium containing a total of 14 elevators. These elevators may only be used by club and suite level ticket holders, as well as our guests with a disability to access wheelchair seating areas.
AISLE WIDENING & HANDRAILS
Aisles were widened and handrails added in certain sections on the east side of the stadium for the 2010 season. This is the first year of a four-year project that will aid guests in ascending and descending the stairs to their seats.
NO SMOKING POLICY
For the 2010 season, the entire stadium will be smoke-free. Guests will not be allowed to leave the stadium to smoke and then re-enter. This policy is consistent with the University's commitment to promoting healthy lifestyles and the decision to become an entirely smoke-free campus in July 2011.
CONCESSIONS AND CATERING
The University of Michigan Athletic Department is pleased to announce a new partnership with Sodexo to provide concessions and catering at athletic department facilities. Expect to see new offerings at our newly renovated concession stands that will give all guests a wide variety of choices in food and beverages at Michigan Stadium.
The Athletic Department along with its concessions partner, Sodexo, has partnered with MHealthy, the University of Michigan's Health and Well-Being Service, to ensure that guests have and are aware of healthier food options at Michigan Stadium. For more information regarding this program, visit www.mhealthy.umich.edu/goodchoice. Look for the MHealthy logo at Michigan Stadium Concession stands to make a healthier food choice.