Safety at Michigan Stadium

Updated for 2015 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.

The possession and operation of unmanned and/or remote controlled aircraft (drone) is prohibited at Michigan Stadium and surrounding area. Any person who knowingly or willfully violates the rules pertaining to operations in this airspace may be subject to certain criminal penalties.

What to Bring

Fans are encouraged to bring ONLY necessary items to football games at Michigan Stadium. All subjects and items are subject to search.

  • Permitted Items
    Foam seat pads
    Small non-pocket seat cushions without zippers or storage slots
    Binoculars -- CASES are not permitted
    Cell phones and pagers
    Small cameras (those with a lens shorter than 6 inches) and radios
    Blankets and rain apparel -- UMBRELLAS are not permitted

  • Prohibited Items
    All bags (including purses)
    All bottles (including all types of water bottles)
    Alcoholic beverages
    Aerosol and spray cans
    Animals (except service animals for persons with a disability)
    Apparel or signage displaying profane or abusive language
    Containers of any kind (including coolers, thermoses, cups, cans, flasks)
    Flags and flagpoles
    Food of any kind
    Irritants
    Projectiles (including footballs, Frisbees and beach balls)
    Seat cushions containing any type of metal or those with pockets, zippers, storage slots, seat backs, arm rests, or attachments of any kind
    Strollers
    Video camera, tripods and selfie sticks
    Umbrellas
    Weapons

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!