April 16, 2010
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The 2010 University of Michigan spring football game presented by PNC Bank is a little more than 24 hours away, and the program hopes to exceed the estimated crowd of 50,000 fans that watched last year's final practice at Michigan Stadium. The spring game is free to the public, but the football team and C.S. Mott Children's Hospital have partnered in a fundraiser for the new hospital scheduled to open in Fall 2012.
Gates 2, 4, 8 and 10 to Michigan Stadium will open at 10 a.m. EDT. The second annual alumni flag football game begins with introductions at 11 a.m. The 131st team in school history will take the field for warmups at noon. The final spring practice will start at 1 p.m.
All donations from Saturday's spring game will go toward the Michigan Football Experience, an interactive play area for patients at the new 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 four levels:
- $5 donation receives an "All in for Michigan Towel"
- $20 donation receives a spring game "All in for Michigan, All in for Mott" T-shirt
- $250 donation receives four passes to a preseason scrimmage
- $500 donation receives 2 pregame sideline passes to ONE of the following four games: Bowling Green, Massachusetts, Iowa or Illinois (limited number of passes per game)
Following is a list of everything you need to know about the annual spring game and surrounding activities:
Parking: The lots around Michigan Stadium owned and operated by the University of Michigan are free and open to the public. The U-M Golf Course Lot (Green) will be restricted to golfers only. Pioneer High School will be charging $30 for cars on Saturday.
Gates, Restrooms and Concessions: The Michigan Stadium gates (2, 4, 8 and 10) will open one hour prior to the alumni game at 10 a.m. All available restrooms on the lower concourse will be open, and concessions will be available at several locations throughout the stadium.
Prohibited Items: The prohibited items list will be in effect with a few exceptions. Bags (diaper, etc.) will be allowed as well as items like strollers. All items brought in are subject to search.
Locker Room Tours: Fans can tour and take photos in the Michigan team locker room from 6:30-8 p.m. on Friday (April 16) and from 7-9:30 a.m. on Saturday (April 17). Each locker will be set up with player uniforms and will look exactly the way that it does on game day. Fans will exit the locker room at the top of the tunnel at the 'Go Blue' sign.
Alumni Flag Football Game: National award winners Desmond Howard (maize team) and LaMarr Woodley (blue squad) will match wits in the second annual alumni flag football game starting at 11 a.m. More than 50 former football players from five different decades will participate.
NFL Players to Attend Spring Game: Some of the current NFL players scheduled to be in attendance are Larry Foote (Pittsburgh Steelers), James Hall (St. Louis Rams), Mike Hart (Indianapolis Colts), LaMarr Woodley (Pittsburgh Steelers) and Pierre Woods (New England Patriots).
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 individual will have the opportunity to kick from three spots, the 10-, 15- or 20-yard lines, with varying prizes for each of the three distances.
Graham to Receive CFPA Defensive Lineman of the Year: The 2009 national leader in tackles for loss, Brandon Graham, will be presented with 2009 Defensive Lineman Trophy from the College Football Performance Awards. The organization selects all recipients based upon objective, scientific rankings of the extent to which individual players increase the overall effectiveness of their teams.
Eight-foot Charles Woodson Bobblehead on Display: Fans can view and take pictures of the eight-foot-tall Charles Woodson bobblehead. The bigger-than-life bobblehead was created by the Big Ten Network to promote its upcoming series called "Big Ten Icons," a show dedicated to the top 50 athletes in conference history. The Woodson bobblehead will be located near Gate 8 (northwest corner of the stadium).
Big Ten Network Broadcast: Matt Shepard (play-by-play), former Wolverine tight end Mark Campbell (analyst) and Shireen Saski will broadcast Michigan's spring game live on BigTenNetwork.com starting at 1 p.m. EDT. The game will air on the linear network at 8 p.m. EDT on Saturday. In addition to the practice game footage, the network will feature post-scrimmage interviews with head coach Rich Rodriguez and players.
Radio Broadcast: Ann Arbor's Sports Talk 1050 AM WTKA will have the exclusive broadcast of Michigan's spring football weekend activities. Sam Webb, Ira Weintraub and Steve Clarke will be on the floor of Michigan Stadium broadcasting live during the day's activities. The station will begin broadcasting Saturday at 11 a.m. and carry the former players' flag football game and the final spring practice in its entirety on its airwaves.
Inside Michigan Football: The athletic department's online football recap show will have a complete highlight package and interviews with Rich Rodriguez and players available on MGoBlue.com following the conclusion of the final practice.
Media Contact: David Ablauf (734) 763-4423