ANN ARBOR (WWJ) – Those near Michigan Stadium notice more security. Homeland Security officers were sweeping the stadium, Friday, and searching vehicles ahead of Saturday’s game.

There are also new procedures in place starting with Saturday’s game at the Big House.

The following information was provided by the university:

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 Sept. 3.

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.

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. 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
  • Strollers
  • Projectile toys (including footballs, Frisbees and beach balls)
  • Weapons

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.


  • 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.

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

No tickets?  You can hear the game LIVE on WWJ Newsradio 950.


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