Gameday Enhancements in Place for 2007 Season

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The gameday experience for University of Michigan football fans will be enhanced this season with the addition of new features and policies in and around Michigan Stadium. The Wolverines, ranked No. 5 in the preseason media and coaches polls, open their 128th season by hosting Appalachian State at noon Saturday (Sept. 1). The game will be televised by the Big Ten Network.


Available at Michigan Stadium this fall, EARADIO will bring spectators live Michigan Sports Network broadcasts of every regular-season Michigan football game this year, home and away. Developed in the United Kingdom, the EARADIO allows fans in the stadium to hear the live play-by-play without the time delay of the "regular" radio broadcast.

The EARADIO is a dual-mode radio that fits comfortably on the ear, and it comes with a lanyard for hands-free use. The antenna of the radio is threaded through the lanyard for optimum reception. For $20, fans can purchase the radio from EARADIO sales associates stationed around Michigan Stadium who will be selling them from mobile backpacks before and early in each game.

The product also will allow U-M fans to listen to the Michigan Sports Network broadcast at away games, where a traditional radio signal would be unavailable. After games, the EARADIO can be switched to FM scan radio mode to receive FM stations in the area. More information on the product is available at EARADIO's site.

Scoreboard Improvements

Upgrades to the electronic scoreboards in Michigan Stadium have converted the incandescent bulb components to light-emitting diode (LED) technology, providing a more reliable and clear display. In addition, new electronic LED message boards at the bottom of the scoreboards have replaced the tri-panel boards capable of rotating only three fixed messages.

The new message boards will allow display of additional statistics, out-of-town scores, names of players who made key plays, and traditional crowd messages such as "Go Blue." The current policy of no advertising in the Stadium will be continued.

Street Closures at North End of Stadium

As part of ongoing efforts to enhance safety and security at Michigan Stadium, two traffic changes will be instituted this year. These changes will help reduce conflicts between vehicle and pedestrian traffic while also enhancing the security of the Stadium.

On home football Saturdays, Keech Street at the north end of Michigan Stadium will be closed to all vehicle traffic two hours before kickoff until approximately one hour after the game ends, and Greene Street south of Hoover Street will be only one-way southbound until the game ends and restricted to vehicles with football game parking permits for the Blue lots and Lot SC32 (corner of Greene and Hoover). However, Blue lot permit-holders are urged to enter the lots from the south on Stadium Boulevard rather than from the north.

For a map of the affected area and for more information about the street closures, their effects on handicap drop-off, shuttles and entry to parking lots, visit the 2007 Football Traffic Changes page or the 2007 Football Traffic and Parking page.

Media Contact: David Ablauf (734) 763-4423

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