I just received a response from the M athletic department concerning water bottles. I had written:
"Hello, I recently received my football season tickets and was very disappointed to see that sealed water bottles will no longer be allowed into the stadium. I realize that there are free small cups of water and drinking fountains available. However using these sources will cause me to have to leave my seat during the game (I normally never leave my seat so I don't miss any of the great action). I'd like to ask that you reconsider this ban. At the least, perhaps you might allow entirely empty bottles so that individuals can fill up their bottle at the water fountains prior to going to there seat and then not miss any of the game.
Thank you for your consideration."
The response from the M athletic department:
"Thanks for the email. We appreciate your input. The water bottle policy was instituted for several reasons including to help the flow of traffic through the gates. Bottles have not been checked in the past, or at least not thoroughly. With new security procedures planned for this year, a tighter checking procedure is planned to be in place. If water bottles were allowed in, we would be forced to thoroughly check all bottles as they come through which would cause enormous back-ups at the exterior gates. As we found out last year after restricting all bags, the ticket taking process at the gates flows a lot easier if items are not brought in. This policy would not have been put in place without ensuring that our guests would have access to free water. In past years, we only had 4 water fountains and 3 "free water stations". This year, we will now have 28 water fountains and 40 concession stands that will give out free cups upon request. These cups will be 9 oz. size. In addition, every other concession stand will offer bottles of water for sale with the exception of Dippin Dots and Lemon Chill locations. While we knew this would be an unpopular policy, we felt that it was the best move to help with the overall logistics of bringing 109,000 plus fans into Michigan Stadium. Thanks again for the email and please do not hesitate to contact me with further questions.
Associate Athletic Director
University of Michigan
This is a follow-up to a prior board post. For those that plan to continue asking for this policy to be rescinded, perhaps you can refute some of these points in your email to the department. I submitted my comments via the mgoblue.com feedback section.