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Guide To Mott Spring Game, ‘Battle At The Big House’ Saturday

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The Big House (Credit: Danny Moloshok/Getty Images)

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ANN ARBOR (WWJ) - Things are going to be busy this weekend at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

The 2013 Mott Spring Game and the “Battle at the Big House” men’s lacrosse game against Ohio State both take place Saturday, April 13 at Michigan Stadium.

The gates to the Big House will open at 10 a.m. for fans to watch the football team’s final spring practice. The fifth annual alumni flag football game is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m., while Team 134 is set to take the field at approximately 12:40 p.m.

Following the spring scrimmage, Michigan’s men’s lacrosse team will face Ohio State, set to begin at 3:30 p.m.

Fans can make a donation of choice to the Mott Children’s Hospital upon entering the gates of Michigan Stadium. Donations are accepted at any level but fans will receive giveaways for donating at the following levels, while supplies last:

  • $5 — An authentic Spring Game jersey patch identical to those worn by the players during the 2013 Spring Game
  • $10 — Spring Game cinch backpack
  • $20 — Game-day approved stadium bench seat cushion
  • $250 — Four passes to a preseason football practice (tentatively scheduled for Aug. 24)
  • $500 — Brady Hoke autographed football and four passes to a preseason football practice (tentatively scheduled for Aug. 24)
  • $1,500 — Pregame sideline pass for two

The following is a list of everything fans need to know about the annual spring game and activities:

Parking: The lots around Michigan Stadium owned and operated by the university will be free and open to the public. However, availability in these lots is extremely limited.

Additional parking will be available at Briarwood Mall on the south side of Sears, and shuttles will be running from this area beginning at 9:30 a.m.

The U-M Golf Course Lot (Green) will be restricted to golfers only. Pioneer High School will be charging $20 for cars and $80 for RVs on Saturday.

Gates, Restrooms and Concessions: The Michigan Stadium gates will open at 10 a.m., one hour prior to the alumni game. All available restrooms on the lower concourse will be open, and concessions will be available at several locations throughout the stadium.

Victors Classic: Former U-M football players will be split into the maize and blue teams and will match wits in the fifth annual alumni flag football game starting at 11 a.m. More than 100 former football players from five decades are scheduled to participate.

Kick for Cash: The athletic department will randomly select one fan to attempt field goals with the chance to win a PNC gift card up to $300. The fan will have the opportunity to kick from three different spots — the goal line, 10- or 20-yard lines — with varying prizes for each of the three distances.

Big Ten Network Broadcast: Matt Shepard (play-by-play), former Wolverine offensive lineman Jon Jansen (analyst) and Lisa Byington (field reporter) will broadcast Michigan’s spring scrimmage, which will be streamed live on BTN2Go beginning at 1 p.m. ET and air on delay at 9 p.m. ET on Big Ten Network. The network will feature in-game and post-scrimmage interviews with head coach Brady Hoke, assistant coaches and players.

Radio Broadcasts: The Michigan Radio Network will broadcast for two hours during the spring football scrimmage. Frank Beckmann (play-by-play), Jim Brandstatter (color) and Doug Karsch (sidelines) will call the action from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. The broadcast can be heard on 97.1 The Ticket.

Spring Game on Satellite Radio: Fans can listen to the spring football game on satellite radio to follow the action from Michigan Stadium. The scrimmage can be heard on Sirius XM channel 91 starting at noon.

Golf Course Sidewalk Sale: The U-M Golf Course will have its annual sidewalk sale from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday in the clubhouse. The new 2013 merchandise has arrived and last season’s selection is up to 40 percent off. All shoppers will be entered into a drawing for a free twosome of golf.

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