April 12, 2012
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan football program's 2012 Mott Spring Game presented by PNC Bank and the "Battle at the Big House" men's lacrosse game against Ohio State will be held this Saturday (April 14) at Michigan Stadium. The spring scrimmage and lacrosse game are free to the public, but the University has teamed with C.S. Mott Children's Hospital in a fundraiser for the new hospital.
Fans are encouraged to arrive early for the football and lacrosse games as traffic will be heavy around the stadium because of construction and the anticipated large crowds. Please be aware that Stadium Boulevard is closed just east of Kipke Drive to South Industrial due to the Stadium bridges replacement project. Please plan ahead and consider alternative routes to and from Michigan Stadium, as delays in this area both before and after the day's events should be expected. Visit the project website at www.annarborbridges.org for detour maps and additional information.
The gates to Michigan Stadium will open at 9 a.m. The fourth annual Victors Classic alumni flag football game will start with introductions at 10 a.m. Following the conclusion of the alumni game, Team 133 will take the field for warmups at approximately 11:30 a.m. The final spring practice and scrimmage will begin at noon and will be broadcast nationally by the Big Ten Network.
All donations listed below from Saturday's spring scrimmage will benefit kids at the new Mott Children's Hospital. The Beam Family of Brighton, Mich., has graciously offered to match dollar-for-dollar every donation that is made at the gates during Saturday's activities.
Fans can make a donation of choice to C.S. Mott Children's Hospital upon entering the gates of Michigan Stadium. Donations are accepted at any level, but fans will receive giveaways for donating at the following levels:
- $5 - magnet replica of the C.S. Mott Children's Hospital Spring Game patch worn by U-M players
- $10 - 'This is Michigan' rally towel AND spring game magnet
- $15 - "I Wore 21" book about Desmond Howard
- $20 - 'Hail to the Little Victors' baseball cap
- $250 - four (4) passes to a preseason football practice (final date to be determined)
- $500 - Brady Hoke autographed Michigan football helmet (limited quantity) AND four (4) passes to the preseason football practice
For more information regarding the donations to Mott, please contact Stephanie Cloutier at (734) 936-9134 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fans unable to attend the spring scrimmage but interested in supporting C.S. Mott Children's Hospital can make a $5 donation by texting Mott to 50555 this weekend. Charges will appear on your wireless bill or be deducted from your prepaid balance. All purchases must be authorized by account holder. Must be 18 years of age or have parental permission to participate. Message and Data Rates May Apply. Text STOP to 50555 to stop. Text HELP to 50555 for help. Full terms: www.mGive.org/T.
Following is a list of everything fans need to know about the annual spring game and activities:
Parking: The lots around Michigan Stadium owned and operated by the University of Michigan will be free and open to the public; however, availability in these lots is extremely limited. Additional parking will be available at Briarwood Mall on the south side of Sears, and shuttles will be running from this area beginning at 8:30 a.m. The U-M Golf Course Lot (Green) will be restricted to golfers only. Pioneer High School will be charging $20 for cars and $80 for RVs on Saturday.
Gates, Restrooms and Concessions: The Michigan Stadium gates will open at 9 a.m., one hour prior to the alumni game. All available restrooms on the lower concourse will be open, and concessions will be available at several locations throughout the stadium.
Victors Classic: Former U-M football players will be split into the maize and blue teams and will match wits in the fourth annual alumni flag football game starting at 10 a.m. More than 100 former football players from five decades are scheduled to participate.
Kick for Cash: The athletic department will randomly select one fan to attempt field goals with the chance to win a PNC gift card up to $300. The fan will have the opportunity to kick from three different spots -- the goal line, 10- or 20-yard lines -- with varying prizes for each of the three distances.
Big Ten Network Broadcast: Matt Shepard (play-by-play) and former Wolverine offensive lineman Jon Jansen (analyst) will broadcast Michigan's spring game live on Big Ten Network starting at noon EDT. In addition to the live practice footage, the network will feature post-scrimmage interviews with head coach Brady Hoke and players.
Radio Broadcasts: The Michigan Radio Network will broadcast for two hours during the spring football scrimmage. Doug Karsch (play-by-play) and former Wolverine and Super Bowl champion Marlin Jackson (analyst) will call the action from the home radio booth from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The broadcast can be heard on 97.1 The Ticket in Detroit.
In addition, Ann Arbor's Sports Talk 1050 AM WTKA will broadcast the spring football scrimmage and the "Battle at the Big House" men's lacrosse game between Michigan and Ohio State. Ira Weintraub and Steve Clarke will be broadcasting live from the radio booth and Sam Webb will be roaming the sidelines during the day's activities. The station will begin broadcasting Saturday at 9:30 a.m. and carry the former players' flag football game, the final spring practice and the lacrosse game in its entirety on its airwaves.
Spring Game on Satellite Radio: Fans can listen to the spring football game on satellite radio to follow the action from Michigan Stadium. The scrimmage can be heard on Sirius channel 91 and XM channel 91 starting at noon.
Lace Up for Michigan: Michigan student-athletes will 'Lace Up for Michigan' this weekend at home sporting events around campus. Football, men's lacrosse and softball players will be wearing maize shoelaces in competition this weekend. The campaign was created by the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) to raise funds for student-athlete selected charities. Fans can purchase the maize shoelaces at local M-Den retail locations and at Michigan Stadium for $7.95 a pair.
Golf Course Sidewalk Sale: The U-M Golf Course will have its annual sidewalk sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday in the clubhouse. The spring sale features items that are 40 percent off and some buy one, get one free offers.
Michigan Football Highlights and Interviews: The athletic department's online football recap show will have a complete highlight package and interviews with Brady Hoke, assistant coaches and players available on MGoBlue.com following the conclusion of the final practice.
Inside Michigan Football: The final Inside Michigan Football show of the spring will air Monday (April 16) at 7 p.m. EDT on Fox Sports Detroit. The 30-minute, behind-the-scenes look at Michigan football will include player features and a recap of the spring game.
Media Contact: David Ablauf (734) 763-4423