Spring Game Is a Go

Submitted by Thorin on April 14th, 2012 at 5:26 AM

@umichfootball Tweet (5:23am ET):

Spring football scrimmage and lacrosse game will proceed as scheduled at Michigan Stadium ... check MGoBlue.com for full release.

— Michigan Football (@umichfootball) April 14, 2012

I just realized I don't know how to embed a tweet on the board. Anyone?



ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Despite earlier weather reports, the University of Michigan Athletic Department has decided to proceed with plans to host the 2012 Mott Spring Game presented by PNC Bank and the "Battle at the Big House" men's lacrosse game at Michigan Stadium today (Saturday, April 14). The football scrimmage and lacrosse game are free to the public, but the University has teamed with C.S. Mott Children's Hospital in a fundraiser for the new hospital.
"The reports have improved overnight and we felt that it was appropriate to prepare for the football and lacrosse games at Michigan Stadium," said Rob Rademacher, associate athletic director for facilities and operations.
Fans are asked to use caution because of the weather reports. Michigan will proceed with the originally scheduled plan at Michigan Stadium, but if lightning or thunder comes within six miles of the stadium, the spring game will be cancelled immediately for the safety of the fans and players. The regular-season lacrosse game will follow NCAA rules when it pertains to weather delays.
The gates to Michigan Stadium will open at 9 a.m. The fourth annual alumni flag football game will start with introductions at 10 a.m. Following the conclusion of the alumni game, Team 133 will take the field for warm-ups at approximately 11:30 a.m. The final spring practice and scrimmage will begin at noon and will be broadcast nationally by the Big Ten Network. Immediately following the conclusion of the Mott Spring Game, the Michigan and Ohio State men's lacrosse teams will begin warm-ups. The "Battle at the Big House" is scheduled to begin at 2:30 p.m. on the Big Ten Network.




April 14th, 2012 at 6:46 AM ^

This is a huge relief. If the game was held at the Al Glick Fieldhouse I'm not sure they would have had enough time to paint #GoBlue hash tags.


April 14th, 2012 at 8:25 AM ^

I will be coming prepared, as many Michigan fans do...

..but yeah, I'll be indoors too if this happens...

Fortunately, the NWS site isn't calling for anything particularly nasty or even an all-day rain. To quote Carl Spackler, "I don't think the heavy stuff's comin' down for a while..."


April 14th, 2012 at 8:53 AM ^

Anyone else watching the 99 ND game on BTN right now? It's really interesting to look back at the whole Brady- Henson thing. Everyone always talks about how Brady should've been the outright starter but watching the game it's really apparent that Henson was just way too talented to keep off the field.

Fucking Steinbrenner


April 14th, 2012 at 10:40 AM ^

Fingers crossed for the weather to allow the spring game to be played outside at the stadium, rather than indoors and closed to the public.  Obviously the stadium would be a better experience for those who travelled to be there, including the recruits.  Let's just hope the weather gods show mercy on us today and we don't have to cancel the game at the stadium!  Either way, I can't wait to watch the game on the BTN!


April 14th, 2012 at 11:13 AM ^

Per the Weather Channel map for the next six hours, it looks like any rain should be east of Ann Arbor just about the same time as the game is about to start.

Caveat - it is weather so no guarantees.