Sept. 2, 2010
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan Athletic Department has several events planned surrounding the rededication of Michigan Stadium on Saturday (Sept. 4), beginning with FanFest and the Michigan Sports Radio Network pre-game "Tailgate Show" and including giveaways compliments of the athletic department.
Fanfest, Tailgate Show: Beginning at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, fans can visit FanFest on the southwest corner of Main St. and Stadium Blvd., across from Michigan Stadium. Hosted by U-M Athletics partner IMG College, FanFest will feature interactive games for fans of all ages in addition to giveaways and samples from clients. Fans will also be able to get their photo taken by the Big Ten Network with an eight-foot Charles Woodson bobblehead. Situated on that same corner is the new location for the "Tailgate Show," which will air on the Michigan Sports Radio Network from 1-2:30 p.m.
Bottled Water Giveaway: When the stadium gates open at 1:36 p.m., the first 25,000 fans will receive a 27-ounce commemorative, recyclable Michigan Stadium Rededication bottle of Absopure spring water. When the supply of commemorative bottles runs out, 85,000 vouchers for a bottle of Absopure water will be distributed at the gates to the remaining fans. They will be redeemable at the lower concourse concession stands.
Commemorative Game Program: The official game program will be available for purchase around the stadium and at stadium M Den locations. The program features a 40-page commemorative rededication section highlighting the history of the Big House and special moments through the years. The program also features information on the 2010 Wolverines and Connecticut, as well as history and highlights of the U-M football tradition. [ Pre-order Program (deadline Friday at noon) ]
Lapel Pin Giveaway: The athletic department will be giving away 100,000 commemorative lapel pins for those in attendance on Saturday. Fans will also be able to purchase a limited supply of the pins at all M Den walk-in store locations at the stadium.
Victors Walk: Approximately two and a half hours prior to the 3:36 p.m. kickoff, the Wolverines will renew their tradition of the Victors Walk from Kipke Drive to the Michigan Stadium tunnel. Fans will want to get there early to support the Maize and Blue and ensure a spot along the walk.
Ribbon Cutting: Approximately 12 minutes prior to kickoff, a ribbon-cutting ceremony with Athletic Director Emeritus Bill Martin, Athletic Director Dave Brandon, University Regents and President Mary Sue Coleman will take place at midfield to officially rededicate the Big House. A flyover with vintage B25 bombers from the Yankee Air Force Museum will follow; a second flyover with two A-10 Warthogs from Selfridge Air National Guard base will take place following the National Anthem.
Brock Mealer Leads U-M Out: At approximately 3:30 p.m., a special recognition ceremony will begin in honor of Brock Mealer, the older brother of U-M redshirt sophomore offensive lineman Elliott Mealer. Brock was paralyzed from the waist down in a car accident on Christmas Eve 2007 that took the lives of their father, David, and Elliott's girlfriend, Hollis Richer. He was given a one percent chance of walking again, and on Saturday, will lead the team as he walks onto the field and under the GO BLUE banner. For more on Brock Mealer, please visit "Impossible is Nothing."
Student Block M Formation: For just the fifth time, the student section will feature a block M formation. The athletic department is providing 1,000 blue t-shirts to students whose seats are within the M.
Fans are encouraged to arrive early Saturday to avoid traffic and parking issues, and to familiarize themselves with the new amenities at the stadium. For additional gameday information, please visit: