The 2014-2015 Wolverine Football season is fast-approaching, are you ready for some Michigan football? Or maybe just some Ann Arbor tailgating? Whichever you are most excited for, we can't wait for Wolverine fans to touchdown in Ann Arbor!
We've compiled a list of the top insider tips to Wolverine football tailgating.
1) Tailgating Hot Spots
Most tailgating takes place at the University of Michigan Golf Course, across the street from the Stadium, and in the parking lot of Ann Arbor Pioneer High School. However, if you wander the streets surrounding the Big House you'll find fans set up all over before, during and after the game. Also, be sure to check out our downtown and nearby bars — great spots for a pre-game meal or drink!
Insider Tip: Bring cash for parking because spots on the golf course and at the high school can run $40-$50. A lot of homes around the Stadium offer parking for less so if you’re looking for a more cost-efficient option, pay a little less and roll a cooler to a friend’s tailgate. Ann Arbor was recognized as the fourth most walkable city in America, with lots of crosswalks and pedestrian paths! Finally, you can also use the AAATA FootballRide for only $3 round trip! Pre-game downtown and just catch the shuttle from one of the many service stops.
2) Dress to Impress
Regardless if you’re attending a game at the Big House or just visiting the tailgating scene, we suggest you sport your best maize and blue outfit or pick up some new "Go Blue" gear at the The M Den. Don't forget to check if the game is a Maize Out! For specific games each season, fans dress in their brightest yellows and flood the stadium with intimidation. Check out the Michigan Athletics Website for more information. Finally, prepare for the weather. Depending on your seats, kick-off time, and whether the game is in August or November, you could be warm at the beginning of the day and chilly at the end. We suggest layers!
Insider Tip: If there’s rain, be sure to bring a poncho or raincoat. No umbrellas are allowed in the Stadium, so leave those behind. When the temperatures drop, you can bring blankets — just be sure there are no zippers, pockets, or storage slots.
3) Attending the Games
Attending the game? It'll be amazing, we promise. Just remember—leave all bags in your car or at the tailgate. NO bags (purses, camera bags, binocular cases, etc.) are allowed in the stadium. New this year, fans will be able to listen to the game’s radio broadcast with new color analyst Dan Dierdorf and play-by-play announcer Jim Brandstatter with no delay! Bring your radios and tune into 1050 WTKA to get even more out of the game. Be sure to check out stadium policies and MGoBlue.com to purchase single game tickets!
Insider Tip: The Towsley Family Museum inside Schembechler Hall will be open before home football games! The museum features a Win Wall with a football marking each of the program's 910 victories, displays with artifacts highlighting the history of Michigan football, and a Legends area. There are interactive displays that highlight the complete history of the football program.
4) Go Blue!
Warm up your vocal chords and then sing the University of Michigan fight song at the top of your lungs! In addition to The Victors, some other chants and intimidation techniques you’ll experience during the game include jingling keys during a kick-off, the “Let’s Go Blue” chant (first written and played by Joseph Carl, a University of Michigan tuba player, in 1977), and the “Blues Brothers Dance” which has invigorated U-M fans from Yost, to Crisler, to the Big House, and beyond.
Insider Tip: When scores from around the country are read, you’ll hear an update from our friends at Slippery Rock. First announced in 1959 by public address announcer Steve Filipiak, the Slippery Rock score has been shared at every game since and is a fan favorite. 2014 marks the third time Slippery Rock will play in Michigan Stadium against Division II rivals Mercyhurst. Catch the Big House Battle on October 18 (Michigan’s bye week).
5) Stay and Play
Post-game, the fun doesn't end. Stroll down Main Street and enjoy dinner at one of our delicious restaurants. Take your pick from fine dining, burgers and fries, food trucks and more located along one of America's Best Main Streets. You can also check out some fan favorites along State Street, like Ashley’s, or make your way to Pizza House on Church for its amazing feta bread!
Insider Tip: Make a weekend out of your visit! Area accommodations may have rooms available even if an online booking agent says the hotel is sold out. Or, give the Ann Arbor Area Convention and Visitors Bureau a call and we can try to point you in the right direction! There’s plenty to do, see and taste in the area. If you’re looking for some other activities during your stay, check out the Visit Ann Arbor Event Calendar.