ANN ARBOR (CBS Detroit) – Headed to the big game at the Big House this Saturday? Be sure to leave the vuvuzelas at home.
With strict security measures in place, the 109,000 fans expected to attend are encouraged to bring only necessary items to Michigan Stadium when Manchester United faces Real Madrid as part of the 2014 Guinness International Champions Cup.
Suites and Club Level areas open two and one-half hours prior to kick-off. Suite and Club Level ticket holders may access these areas at that time through their designated entrances on the east and west sides of the stadium. All other gates open two hours before kick-off — please plan to arrive within the first hour. All items carried to the stadium are subject to search.
Here’s a complete list of prohibited items:
- All bags (including purses)
- All bottles (including all types of water bottles)
- Flags and flagpoles
- Vuvuzelas and any other artificial noisemakers
- Fireworks and flares
- Animals (service and other animals for disabled are allowed)
- Containers of any kind (including coolers, thermoses, cups, cans, flasks)
- Seat cushions containing any type of metal or those with pockets, zippers, storage slots, seat backs, arm rests, or attachments of any kind
- Aerosol and spray cans
- Alcoholic beverages
- Food of any kind
- Apparel or signage displaying profane or abusive language
- Video cameras and tripods
- Projectile toys (including footballs, Frisbees and beach balls)
Permitted items include:
- Foam seat pads
- Small non-pocket seat cushions without zippers or storage slots
- Binoculars — but cases are not allowed
- Cell phones and pagers
- Small cameras (those with a lens shorter than 6 inches) and radios
- Blankets and rain apparel — but no umbrellas
Note: Changes in national and regional security levels may affect security procedures at Michigan Stadium. Medical exceptions will be addressed individually at the gates. Those requiring necessary items (i.e. diapers for a baby, medical prescriptions, etc.) are encouraged to carry them into the stadium in a clear plastic bag.
Athletic officials and law enforcement personnel have completed emergency response plans for a variety of situations at Michigan Stadium, according to the university. “We hope these emergencies never occur, but we are prepared if they do. This information will help you know what to do to contribute to a safe environment for all,” U-M said, in a statement.