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Know Before You Go: Parking, Road Closures For U-M Football Games

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ANN ARBOR, MI - NOVEMBER 17:  Students celebrate the Michigan Wolverines 42-17 win over the Iowa Hawkeyes with fans at Michigan Stadium on November 17, 2012 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

ANN ARBOR, MI – NOVEMBER 17: Students celebrate the Michigan Wolverines 42-17 win over the Iowa Hawkeyes with fans at Michigan Stadium on November 17, 2012 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

ANN ARBOR (WWJ) - It’s the moment college sports fans have been waiting for all summer: The return of football to The Big House at the University of Michigan.

The Wolverines kicked off their 2013-2014 season on Saturday, Aug. 31 against the Central Michigan Chippewas — but the following restrictions and rules apply for all home games.

Road Closures

Main Street along the west side of Michigan Stadium will be closed to traffic before and during home football games this season. The closure will be from Pauline to Stadium Boulevard. Northbound lanes of Main Street will be closed three hours prior to kickoff and southbound lanes will close one hour before game time.

Parking Lots

There are a number of parking options around Michigan Stadium on football game days. Many lots are permit-only, but there are numerous options for fans looking for day cash sale parking. Click here to see a list of options and prices.

Fans are reminded that normal parking regulations apply on game days. Vehicles parked in fire lanes, at the end of aisles, and in any other illegal location will be ticketed and/or towed.

Vehicles should vacate all lots within two hours after the game or vehicles will be towed.

RV Parking

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.

Brown Lot (Varsity Tennis Center): RVs (with a permit or paying the appropriate fee) may park at the Brown Lot on Saturday 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.

Shuttle Service

The Ann Arbor Transit Authority 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, visit theride.org/football.asp.

Tailgating Policies and Procedures

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.

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.

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.

The following safety regulations must be followed in any U-M game day 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
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