Tailgate options on gameday

Submitted by Phil Brickma on September 8th, 2015 at 8:34 AM

Greetings, MGoBoard.

My buddy and I will be in town for the UNLV game. I haven't been back to The Big House since I was a kid, so I'm coming to you guys for advice.

What are the best spots for tailgating near the stadium? We obviously aren't looking for anything with a season pass. Just somewhere to plop down a couple of camper chairs, a cooler and a portable grill for a few hours.




September 8th, 2015 at 8:40 AM ^

For the golf course they have 3 different options, $30, $40, and $50 per car. As you get closer to the stadium, the price goes up. I find the $40 choice to be the best area as you're right in the middle but everyone is different. Plenty of porta-potties and a great atmosphere. Not too crazy packed and rowdy but still a ton of fun. Getting out isn't always the best but what do you expect.

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September 8th, 2015 at 9:00 AM ^

Usually we have tailgated on the golf course. This year we talked about trying the high school parking lot. Personally I feel like the HS is more crowded and you don't have as much space to set up. The guys want to try it so I'll give it a shot and see how I like it.

Mabel Pines

September 8th, 2015 at 9:35 AM ^

But the golf course has gotten pretty crazy lately. Some people bring their own toilets and a bit of a drunk fest. good for people watching, though. Side streets right by the stadium are nice also a short walk. Low key. If you are not early to the golf course, you will be further from stadium. Depends what you are looking for.


September 8th, 2015 at 9:57 AM ^

I've been to the golf course quite a bit the past few years and haven't seen anything crazy like this. I'm not saying you're wrong, but just that it's a rarity in my experience. I've experienced nothing but a relaxing atmosphere at the golf course, with many extremely friendly people. Last year I forgot lighter fluid, so I asked a guy by Us To use his and he couldn't have been nicer about it, even offered us his food which we politely declined. Idk I've loved tailgating at the golf course!

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September 8th, 2015 at 9:53 AM ^

I've parked nearly all the different types of places people can park on gameday... But the best place that stuck for our group was the golf course. It's especially true if you get there early and set up on one of the fairways like our group does.


September 8th, 2015 at 10:13 AM ^

I used to park at the high school but the last couple of years have used the golf course.  Try to be early to either one.  At the high school there's a good chance you end up on pavement (depends what your plan are....more fon throwing a ball around on grass).   If you're going to use the golf course, you can guarantee a spot by paying in advance (parknparty.com).  




September 8th, 2015 at 10:44 AM ^

There are two, actually:

The U of M Golf Course, further back you are the more chill it is.

The Ann Arbor Golf and Outing Club, is the one right at the corner of Stadium and Main... is drunk fest central.


But as a former and current student, and now townie for 3-4 years... there are some hidden gems that not a lot of people seem to know about. I'm talking like within 2-3 blocks of the stadium, with completely free street parking depending on what time you get there... I actually prefer them even over the golf courses (which we will still hit up maybe 1-2 times per season for nostalgia).


September 8th, 2015 at 11:07 AM ^

I forgot to mention that there are two Golf Courses.   

Uof M Golf Course (beside and south of Ann Arbor Golf and Outing ($40 cash at the gate usually)

Ann Arbor Golf and Outing - across the street from the stadium ($50 cash at the gate or if you book in advance online $45 plus a $7.25 convenience fee)

I usually park at AAGO and have never really been parked beside a drunkfest (you might if you get there too early)

True Blue Grit

September 8th, 2015 at 11:45 AM ^

the cost and how easy it is to get out after the game.  The golf course is more expensive and will take more time to get out.  But it's very nice.  Pioneer isn't cheap either but has some nicer areas on the property to park where there is grass (like the western side along Stadium/Seventh.  Much of the rest is kind of an asphalt jungle and pretty crowded. 

I like the free options myself, where you park along a public side street near a nice park.  These options might entail a bit more walking, but can make for a great experience too.  Two good options are Greenview Park (further) and Allmendinger Park (very close). 

Fort Wayne Blue

September 8th, 2015 at 11:58 AM ^

I went through Park n Party at the Golf course! I tailgated on the golf course before, and it was a good time!

Question for the board:

it says no, charcoal grills, yet when I was there, its what we used. does anybody know if we can use grills?!?!?


September 8th, 2015 at 11:51 PM ^

Tricky question. Especially coming from a dentist, as that career is just not normal :) I'm open. I'll let in the occasional freak too. Enjoy meeting new people, and a lot of our football regular friend types have moved on, part of the bad part of working within a teaching hospital...and a few lame ones became fair weather friends and checked out during the bad years. We used to tailgate at the golf course until they stopped allowing us to park in our normal spot. Then we had an assigned spot at Pioneer....and finally said F it and bought a 'tailgate' house. [email protected]