2012 Spring Football Game/Lax vs ohio Information Released

Submitted by Wolverine Devotee on February 13th, 2012 at 4:49 PM


Feb. 13, 2012



ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The 2012 University of Michigan Spring Football Weekend promises to be an action-packed two days (April 14-15) of athletic competition for sports fans of all kinds. The 2012 Mott Spring Football Scrimmage sponsored by PNC Bank anchors the weekend festivities along with the inaugural men's lacrosse match-up with Ohio State immediately following the football scrimmage.

Team 133 will take the field for its annual spring scrimmage at noon EST on Saturday, April 14. Prior to the football team's debut, the Victors Classic Alumni Flag Football Game will be held at 10 a.m. inside the Big House.

Following the football scrimmage at 2:30 p.m. will be the "Battle in the Big House," which pits Michigan's first-year varsity men's lacrosse team against Ohio State.

Admission to all of the events Saturday at Michigan Stadium is free to the public. Fans can make a donation of choice to C.S. Mott Children's Hospital upon entering the gates of Michigan Stadium.

Both the spring football scrimmage and the lacrosse game with Ohio State will be televised live on the Big Ten Network. In between the action, the BTN will conduct interviews with players and head football coach Brady Hoke.

Also on Saturday, the women's rowing team will host a dual against Oregon State at 9 a.m. on Belleville Lake and the men's tennis team will hit the Varsity Tennis Center courts against Nebraska at noon.

The following day, Sunday, April 15, brings the Big House Big Heart charity run to Michigan Stadium. The event includes a 10K race, a 5K race and a one-mile race to raise funds for a variety of charities. Racing starts at 9 a.m. from the Big House and ends at the 50-yard line. Further information is available at www.thebighousebigheart.com.

Also on Sunday, the Michigan men's tennis program will entertain Iowa at noon at the Varsity Tennis Center and the Michigan softball team will host a 1 p.m. doubleheader against rival Michigan State at the Wilpon Complex, home of Alumni Field.


Can't wait!



February 13th, 2012 at 5:14 PM ^

Great idea putting the lacrosse game immediately after the spring game, seems like a good way to draw in people that normally don't care about lacrosse. I'm looking forward to seeing how lacrosse does as a varsity sport here.

Also, they should suit Denard up for the game and see what happens. 


February 13th, 2012 at 5:06 PM ^

So the football field is 120 x 53.3 yards and a regulation lacrosse field is 110 x 60 yards. 6.7 yards short on the width, you'd think they could just cut into each sideline 3.35 yards (MATH SKILLZZZ) but there really isn't much room on the sidelines to cut into, see picture below. Maybe they just have the teams move their sidelines to the endzones?

I guess what I am asking is that if it is not a regulation size lacrosse field, will it just be an exhibition game? Or will the game actually count?

Note: On the schedule the game is not marked with an "ex" marker. So I guess there is your answer.


February 13th, 2012 at 8:21 PM ^

Most high school teams and some college teams play in stadiums with small sidelines and they have no problem with the sidelines.  In lax there is not a huge team on the sidelines like in football, plus a lot of the time the team is lined up with warm-ups taking place behind the bench.  Michigan Stadium sideines are plenty big for lax games.


February 13th, 2012 at 6:23 PM ^

I am so excited for this weekend.  Lacrosse is playing all of their home games except one in the stadium this year, but obviously the Ohio State game, especially in conjuction with the spring game, has had lacrosse alumni like yours truly buzzing for months.