Safety at Michigan Stadium

Updated for 2014 Season

Athletic officials and law enforcement personnel have completed emergency response plans for a variety of situations at Michigan Stadium. We hope these emergencies never occur, but we are prepared if they do. This information will help you know what to do to contribute to a safe environment for all.

What You Should Do

Based on the nature of a specific event or emergency, directions to fans and staff will be communicated via public address announcements and video scoreboard messages. Emergency sheltering locations may include Crisler Center, Ann Arbor Pioneer High School and other nearby Athletics facilities. Fans are requested to listen to announcements and remain seated until instructed otherwise.

What Not To Do

In order to keep the Big House a safe environment for all, we remind you about three key stipulations of the University of Michigan ordinance of the Board of Regents:

  • Alcohol, possession and/or consumption, is prohibited at all athletic events inside the stadium.
  • No person shall throw, project or drop any projectile or object that could cause injury in the spectator or playing area.
  • Unauthorized entry onto the playing field before, during or after the game is prohibited.

Violation of these articles of the University ordinance shall constitute a civil infraction and shall be punishable by a fine of not more than $50 plus court costs.

What to Bring

Fans are encouraged to bring ONLY necessary items to football games at Michigan Stadium. Suites and Club Level areas open two-and-one-half hours prior to kickoff. Suite and Club Level ticket holders may access these areas at that time through their designated entrances on the east and west sides of the stadium. All other gates open two hours before kickoff -- please plan to arrive within the first hour. All items carried to the stadium are subject to search.

  • Permitted Items
    Foam seat pads
    Small non-pocket seat cushions without zippers or storage slots
    Binoculars -- but cases are not allowed
    Cell phones and pagers
    Small cameras (those with a lens shorter than 6 inches) and radios
    Blankets and rain apparel -- but no umbrellas

  • Prohibited Items
    All bags (including purses)
    All bottles (including all types of water bottles)
    Seat cushions containing any type of metal or those with pockets, zippers, storage slots,
        seat backs, arm rests, or attachments of any kind
    Containers of any kind (including coolers, thermoses, cups, cans, flasks)
    Aerosol and spray cans
    Flags and flagpoles
    Alcoholic beverages
    Food of any kind
    Apparel or signage displaying profane or abusive language
    Video cameras and tripods
    Projectile toys (including footballs, Frisbees and beach balls)

Changes in national and regional security levels may affect security procedures at Michigan Stadium. Medical exceptions will be addressed individually at the gates. Those requiring necessary items (e.g., diapers for a baby, medical prescriptions, etc.) are encouraged to carry them into the stadium in a clear plastic bag.

We appreciate your cooperation with these security measures. Enjoy the game!