U-M Announces New Policies, Enhancements for 2011 Football Season

Sept. 1, 2011

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan Athletic Department announced today (Thursday, Sept. 1) new policies and procedures that will be enforced for the 2011 football season at Michigan Stadium. New gate procedures will be implemented, lining up on the streets prior to parking lots opening will be prohibited, Kipke Drive will be open southbound only following the game, and the list of prohibited items has been revised and updated for the coming season.

The athletic department and the Department of Public Safety have implemented changes in the gate procedures for fans entering the stadium. A more thorough visual screening process of fans will be in place starting with the Western Michigan game on Saturday (Sept. 3). Anyone wearing a jacket will be asked to open it or lift up a pullover jacket before admittance into the stadium. This will require more time and patience; therefore, fans are encouraged to arrive early so they don't miss any of the game action.

Vehicles are prohibited from lining up on the streets prior to the parking lots opening around the city and U-M campus. Fans will be asked to keep moving and will not be allowed to form lines. Please check the Game Day Central page on MGoBlue.com for the opening times of parking lots on a weekly basis.

In addition, there no longer will be the Victors Walk approximately two hours prior to the game during which the football team walked through the parking lot up to the locker room. The team buses will be pulling up to the tunnel rather than dropping off the team across from the Department of Public Safety.

Following the third quarter, traffic on Kipke Drive will be southbound only toward Stadium Boulevard. Fans will not be allowed to exit the Blue Lot going northbound.

Fans are encouraged to bring ONLY necessary items to football games at Michigan Stadium. Suites and club level areas open 2.5 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
    Non-pocket seat cushions
    Binoculars -- but cases are not allowed
    Cell phones and pagers
    Small cameras (those without a detatchable lens) and radios
    Blankets and rain apparel -- but no umbrellas
  • Prohibited Items
    All bags (including purses)
    All bottles (including all types of water bottles)
    Containers of any kind (including coolers, thermoses, cups, cans, flasks)
    Aerosol and spray cans
    Umbrellas and seat backs
    Flags and flagpoles
    Alcoholic beverages
    Food of any kind
    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. Exceptions for medical reasons will be addressed individually at the gates. Those needing to bring items of need (i.e. diapers for a baby, medical prescriptions, etc.) are encouraged to carry them into the stadium in a clear plastic bag.

For the most up-to-date information or changes in gameday policies and procedures, follow Michigan Football on Twitter (@umichfootball).


  • The Michigan campus, including Michigan Stadium, is a smoke-free environment and smoking is prohibited on campus grounds.
  • 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.

Media Contact: David Ablauf (734) 763-4423

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