Parking Information for Football Game Days
There are a number of parking options around Michigan Stadium on football game days. Many lots are permit-only, but there are also numerous options for guests looking for day of game/cash sale parking. Please go to the Football Parking Lot Information website for a list of options and prices.
NOTE: Radio stations WAAM (1600 AM), WJR (760 AM), WTKA (1050 AM) and WWJ (950 AM) carry gameday weather and parking information.
Pioneer High School: RVs are allowed to park in the appropriate Pioneer High School lot beginning at 10 p.m. on Game Day Fridays. No one will be permitted to enter the lot before that time. Only Season Reserved RV patrons will be assigned a numbered space. All other parking is first come, first serve. Information about parking at Pioneer High School can be found on their parking website at www.michiganeventparking.com.
Brown Lot (Varsity Tennis Center): RVs (with a permit or paying the appropriate fee) may park at the Brown Lot on Saturday morning beginning at 7 a.m. RVs are welcome to stay in the Brown Lot until Sunday at noon.
Blue Lot: RVs may only access the Blue Lot with a Blue Lot RV permit. There are no day-of-game cash sales for RVs at the Blue Lot. All RVs will be directed to the RV parking area in the Blue Lot.
Questions about the RV parking may be answered by calling the Athletic Development Office (734-764-7131), the Event Management Office (734-647-9760), or Ann Arbor Public Schools/Michigan Event Parking (Pioneer Site Questions — 734-358-7275).
Parking for Persons with a Disability
Please see the Guide for Guests with Disabilities for information about parking for persons with a disability.
AATA Shuttle Service
The Ann Arbor Transit Authority (AATA) offers shuttle service between Michigan Stadium and Ann Arbor hotels and motels, U-M Parking Structures and lots, the Michigan Union, and downtown Ann Arbor. The Football Ride runs approximately every 20 minutes beginning two hours before game time and drops off passengers at Gate 2. Shuttles run for approximately 60 minutes after the game and pick up passengers at the assigned location outside Gate 2. During inclement weather, such as rain or heavy snow, the shuttle will run throughout the game. For more information on the Football Ride, call AATA at (734) 973-6500 or visit MyFootballRide.org.
Parking Policies and Procedures
- The University of Michigan will not be responsible for loss of or damage to vehicles, or their contents, parked for a football game.
- Holders of football permits should clearly display their permits from the rearview mirror of their cars to assist parking personnel in directing them to the proper lots. Permits should be displayed at all times (even when entering the game) to avoid being towed.
- All drivers should be alert to instructions from the uniformed police officers and parking personnel who will be directing traffic.
- Patrons are reminded that normal parking regulations apply on game day. Vehicles parked in fire lanes, at the end of aisles, and in any other illegal location will be ticketed and/or towed. If you are unable to find a legal parking space, please see a parking attendant for assistance.
- Spaces are available on a first-come, first serve basis. If you arrive at your designated lot and it is full, you will be directed to the next available lot.
- Spaces may not be reserved for vehicles arriving later unless authorized by the U-M Athletic Department.
- Overnight parking is prohibited in all U-M Football gameday parking lots.
- Vehicles should vacate all lots within two hours after the game or vehicles will be towed.
- Parking passes shall not be sold above face value or sold on University premises and are subject to any applicable federal, state, Regental or University of Michigan law, regulation or policy concerning the sale or re-sale of parking passes. Parking passes reported as lost or stolen may not be replaced nor the price refunded. Parking passes may not be duplicated.
- In order to gain admittance to designated accessible parking for persons with disabilities, your vehicle must display both a state-issued disability parking placard/license plate as well as the appropriate U-M Athletic Department football gameday disability parking permit for that lot. You must park in the designated accessible parking area for which you have a permit and not in the general parking areas within your assigned lot.
- Fans may not undertake any commercial, promotional, advertising or marketing activities in U-M lots without written authorization from the Athletic Department.
- After the game, Main Street/Ann Arbor-Saline Road is one way southbound from Michigan Stadium to Interstate 94. Postgame southbound traffic along South Main Street will include stop-and-go traffic signals at the Scio Church/South Main and Ann Arbor-Saline/South Main intersections. This is intended to provide safer crossing opportunities for pedestrians. The traffic signal operation will be manually controlled and activated when pedestrians accumulate at the crosswalks.
- For more information regarding the purchase of parking permits, please call the Athletic Development Office at 734-764-7131. Please call the Event Management Office at (734) 647-9760 with problems or concerns about parking operations.
- AUTO passes allow vehicles to park in one (1) designated space. Tailgate accessory equipment shall be placed in accordance with the requirements set forth below.
Tailgating Policies and Procedures
- RV passes allow RVs four (4) spaces, and they must not expand past their four (4) designated spaces. The full vehicle including awnings, expansion sides, mirrors, tables, chairs, coolers, etc. must stay within the lined parking spaces allotted.
- Tailgate accessory equipment may NOT be placed in any designated parking space unless it is one of the four (4) spaces designated for an RV.
- Tailgate equipment may not be placed into roadways/driveways in a manner in which it impedes traffic. Parking Lot personnel will have the final decision on whether equipment impedes traffic or not.
- The following safety regulations must be followed in any U-M gameday parking lots: generators should be placed a minimum of 25′ from any structure, including tents, canopies, tarps or other combustible material; fuel for appliances, generators and grills should be limited and stored in a secure, well-ventilated and cool location; a suitable fire extinguisher must be maintained if such tailgating equipment is present. If your generator is loud and creating a disturbance, parking attendants or University officials may ask that you turn it off or move to a location where it will not create a disturbance for others.
- Space is very limited; throwing of footballs or other objects should be kept to minimal distances and out of roadways and other tailgater’s areas. Repeat offenders may have their objects confiscated. Please be considerate of other fans trying to park in the lot.
- Fans may not display flags, balloons, signs or the like (collectively, “Signs”) more than 20 feet above the parking lot surface and must ensure that any Signs are displayed only within the limits of the parking space (for AUTOS) or the four (4) parking spaces (for RVs) authorized for use by their vehicle; posting of Signs in common areas of the U-M lots or in a manner that would obstruct U-M signage is strictly prohibited.
Top 10 Tips for Tailgating in Ann Arbor
1. Parking and Transportation: ‘FootballRide’ is a shuttle service offered by the AATA on Football Saturdays. Tickets are $1.50 each way/$3 round trip, and they run every 20 minutes before and after games. There are a number of shuttle pick-up and ticket purchase locations, all of which are detailed on TheRide’s FootballRide page.
2. Arrive Early: Be aware that most lots open at either 6:00 am or 7:00am, and they fill up fast. You cannot chose where you park in most lots. They place you as you come in – so plan a flexible set-up. Here is a comprehensive list of parking options and rules at U of M.
3. Tailgating Hot Spots: The most well-known places to set up shop are at the Pioneer High School lot (kitty-corner to the stadium), the U of M Golf Course, and AA Golf & Outing (both are right across the street from the stadium). Be prepared to pay between $40 – $50 dollars per vehicle for these prime peices of real-estate.
4. Michigan Marching Band: They practice at Elbel Feild, and it’s tradition for families, students and fans to go and watch them on Friday night before the game (4:45pm) or the day of the game (7:30am). The drum line does their traditional ‘Step Show’ about an hour an a half before the game on the steps of Revelli Hall and shortly after, the entire band does the musical ‘March to the Stadium’ down Hoover St., turning left on Greene and into the ‘Big House.’
5. There’s an App for that! Seriously. The MGoBlue2 mobile app, available for Android and iOS, allows you to see team stats, and scores, and keep up with audio and video during game. Even if you’re from the visiting team, it’s a great way to stay on top of what’s going on while you’re in town. You can hear pre-game coverage on local radio station WWJ (950 AM).
6. Stock Up with Local Brews: There are several stores that carry beers bottled and brewed here in Ann Arbor. Keep an eye out for Wolverine State Brewing Company, Arbor Brewing Company, Jolly Pumpkin and others. Most party stores in the area carry them, including larger stores like Meijer, Whole Foods, and Busch’s (don’t forget to stock up with plenty of water too, and be aware of where you’re allowed/not allowed to drink).
7. Gear Up: If you’re looking to dress the part, you can get U of M gear at a number of stores in the downtown area, including the M-Den, Elmo’s Main Street T-shirts, Moe’s Sports Shop and Underground Printing. For those on visiting teams looking for last minute party favors, you may have luck at Dick’s Sporting Goods or Dunham’s Sports, with locations nearby. There’s also a Champs Sports located in the Briarwood Mall.
8. Where to eat: It’s true, not everyone is a master of the grill. If you’re arriving early, get donuts at Washtenaw Dairy. If you’re looking for a meal before or after the game, many alums crowd to Krazy Jim’s Blimpy Burger or Zingerman’s Deli for nostalgia-driven hunger, so plan ahead if you’re going (there is usually a line, but many say that the wait is worth it). There’s also BTB Burrito, Amer’s Mediterranean Deli, or the Original Cottage Inn (for pizza). Here’s comprehensive list of restaurants where you can search by food type, location & price range.
9. Don’t have a ticket? It’s ok! You can still have a great time watching the game at many of Ann Arbor’s sports bars and brew-pubs. There’s an insane beer selection at Ashley’s Pub. The energy of friendly rivalry is often unmatched at Conor O’Neill’s. Due to its game day atmosphere, The Arena is another ‘go-to’ game-watching spot. There are many great places to choose from.
10. Game day alternatives: It’s true (gasp!), not everyone that comes to town on ‘Game Day’ is here for the game. There are many families that bring sitters for children, or that come to tag along with football-loving relatives or friends for the weekend. The Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum is open on Saturdays (10am – 5pm), as is the Ann Arbor Farmers Market (7am – 3pm). You can also get out of dodge by heading to Chelsea’s charming Main Street for a visit to the Chelsea Teddy bear Factory or for a sweet treat from Glee Cake & Pastry.
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