It looks like all systems are go as far as me being able to make the Spring Game. I'm a little nervous because this is my first trip to the Big House, and I want to do things the right way. Where is the best place to park, and how early should I get there in order to get a place? Distance is definitely not an issue for me. I had other questions, but they elude me now. Any other info I receive is greatly appreciated.
Spring Game Advice
Bring Eggs. As I recall from my last trip to the Big House there was an Ohio State fan that lived VERY close to the stadium and proudly displayed an OSU banner in front of his house. Bring eggs, throw them, and run.
Note: This is a joke, here at Mgoblog we do not condone mindless vandalism.
Your note is true for the most part, but it is perfectly acceptable to through water bottles at old men for booing, according to Brian.
I may not throw eggs, but if the guy is on his front porch i will throw up two middle fingers.
Honestly, depends if you want to tailgate or not. I always find it easy to just find street parking near campus (e.g. S. Forest area, or further from the stadium, but might be easier parking, head North on State st and park by Ann st. or Catherine or somewhere thereabouts.) Walk around campus, go to bookstores, and then walk over to the stadium.
I've only been to the Big House 4 times, but if you're looking to tailgate I like the golf course because there's open spaces to toss a football around, play cornhole, etc. That is if it's open for the Spring Game and if you're willing to pay the money to park (I think it's around $30, but I can't remember offhand).
Last Year at the Spring Game they didn't let people on the golf course.
They estimated 50,000 fans, so the parking wasn't anything like a typical game day. We parked in the lot next to the stadium at 10am.
Then stood in the Locker Room line until just before the Alumni game started which was like noon, and found seats right next to the band near the tunnel. Most people didn't show up until just before the game started at 1pm.
Then, since I've lived in Seattle for the past 15 years, I forgot the Sun gives off lots of UV and half my face was sunburned for the next week.
I hope you displayed that thing proudly! Having half your face charred to a crisp while the other half is milky white is a badge of honor around these parts.
Ok I have a few questions as well and instead of starting another thread I will just add them here. What exactly is the format of this game, I kno its not like a real game like some of the other schools but are there two seperate teams with just no special teams or is this just a scrimmage between the offense and defense. Also are there timed quaters or do they just place the ball on whatever yard line they want and do a certain number of plays? Thanks
1 pm is the game. It is usually offense vs. defense (white's vs. blue's) and they have some type of scoring system so the defense can score too. The game is relatively short. I would expect 1.5 hours. It is really a glorified practice and sometimes I feel it is too short. You can check Mgoblue.com for details, but there is a flag football game at like 11 and you can tour the locker room fri. or sat. morning.
If you want to tailgate you will not be alone. In a lot of ways it is like a real game, just less people. If you get there early, you should be able to park free at the Crisler lot on the East side of the stadium. This filled up last year by 10 or so. Otherwise, I would bet you wouldn't have to much trouble finding a spot to park and tailgate for a few bucks. Due to the short nature of the actual game, I would recommend getting there early to tailgate and make a day of it. It is a good day of Michigan football spirit w/ a slightly smaller crowd. You can hang around the tunnel afterwards to see recruits and players come out after the game. Hopefully the weather is good. GO BLUE!
is the spring game being shown on the interwebs or cables television?
the Big Ten network will stream the game live from their web site, and there is I think a replay later that evening.
but just go check the University Site, they posted all the details.
Yeah it's been posted on here. I think BTN is what it'll be on.
EDIT: massive fail. bigtennetwork.com will stream it at 1pm and 8pm.
Last year we parked at Pioneer High School, and it was not too packed. We got there 3 hours before the "game", so we got a spot within a few hundred yards of the southwest entrance.
Only problem was that they did not provide porta-potties, so we had to pee by the car (illegal, by the way). The cops are pretty lenient (technically, alcohol is not allowed on Pioneer grounds, but they let it slide), but I have heard of people getting cited for whipping it out and emptying their beer-bladder.
My recommendation is that for those (guys) who like to tailgate, and aren't too squeamish, bring a large Gatorade bottle to pee into while sitting in the car (might still be considered public indecency, don't know), then empty it under the car out of foot traffic range. (Ladies, not sure what to recommend.) That was our biggest issue. Other than that, we had a great time, tailgated like normal, brought a big deli sub to munch on, etc.
I am hoping as Spring Game numbers increase, the athletic department will realize they need to start treating the spring tailgating situation like any other game.
PS - The Spring Game will be on the Big Ten Network, but on tape delay at 8:00PM.
Ohio State also recommends bringing a poop cooler. http://www.dispatch.com/live/content/local_news/stories/2009/09/10/bigga...
Last year's spring game was my first trip to the Big House, and let me tell you the whole experience will blow you away. I know it's not a real game but the experieince is still awesome.
you will be fine as long as you bring your energy, enthusiasm and desire to yell your heart out. Your love for Michigan will lead the way.
Go Blue !!!
week away!!! Last year it was the 1's vs. the 2's (Offense vs. Defense), and then the 1st string D vs. 2nd string Offense. It's a little weighted so that the starters all gain confidence. This is also why some of the previous scrimmages are more important to the staff. This game is great for getting the young guys acclimated to the crowd, and to build some comraderie with the squads.
They won't do special teams until a period where they only work on that phase (near the end, I think). The offense and defense will get to score points for good plays; i.e. the defense gets a sack and scores 8 points, or the offense completes a long pass and gets 4 points. Who knows what the scoring system is, but it felt like a real game last year. Even though the stadium wasn't even half full, it was a blast. See you there.
PS - BamaWolverine - if you are still meeting me, I would be happy to exchange info so you can call if you get lost...
We are thinking about getting to town at 9ish, going to Broken Egg or Northside, just bringing a cooler with a few growlers of beer and some sammies--and water and snacks for the stadium.
Wander by the MGoBlog tailgate, wander in for the end of the alumni game, watch the game.
Then tour the old campus spots.
Since it is your first time, bring sunscreen and sweatshirts. The weather could go either way, but last year no one was ready for sun and there were a heck of a lot of burned people.
im thinking about going as well. I'm still debating tho, 4hr drive from east tawas city. It will be great togo thats if i can take off from work, never been to UM before.
I don't tailgate (I'm too lazy to get up that early and prepare), so I just park in one of the parking structures on campus and then walk to the stadium. I have never failed to get a space in one of the structres on a football gameday (and I don't get there that early, just like an hour in advance).