Tailgating on Saturday

Submitted by BroadShouldersBlue on September 19th, 2018 at 10:33 AM

We have some friends headed to town and our usual tailgate was canceled. Any ideas on where to go before the game (bars, etc.) that are within walking distance of the stadium?



September 19th, 2018 at 10:36 AM ^

Something stopping you from running your own tailgate?  If not, the weather should be pretty decent.  I’ve never done the bar scene on game day so I can’t speak to it.  In terms of ease though, a tailgate is the way to go IMO. 


September 19th, 2018 at 10:45 AM ^

Depends on your definition of "walking distance." It's really cheap to park at the Maynard Structure and head to Hopcat across the street. It's about a 25-30 min walk to the stadium from there, but parking will only be between $2 and $8. Plus Hopcat has great food and drinks.


If you would rather be closer to the stadium, I would recommend going to Frasier's for a breakfast/brunch. Also a bar and a nice spot.


September 19th, 2018 at 10:49 AM ^

We like the Blue Tractor and all of the bars around there. There are several within walking distance of there and a parking structure near there too. Just hit the yelp! App and pub crawl from there. 

Similar question, is it possible to park near the golf course for $20 to meet friends at their tailgate on the golf course (to avoid a $50 parking fee. Just trying to avoid 5 separate individual cars paying $50 to park when one vehicle has most of the tailgating stuff).  If we have to pay we will..but just looking for alternative parking besides the course that is close to the course  

Thoughts? Advice?


September 19th, 2018 at 12:07 PM ^

We've done this often.  From I94, go north on Ann Arbor-Saline Rd, then a left at Scio Church Rd.  Less than 1 mile the neighborhood on the left has an entrance at the 7th street light.  Make a left and park in that neighborhood for free, but get there pretty early if you want a shorter walk as it fills up.


September 19th, 2018 at 11:04 AM ^

"We have some friends headed to town and our usual tailgate was canceled. Any ideas on where to go before the game (bars, etc.) that are within walking distance of the stadium?"


The guys who normally feed us and give us beer bailed this week.  Any of you guys mind if we crash your party?  If so, where should we go to hook up with you?


September 19th, 2018 at 11:24 AM ^

Grizzly Peak, Pizza House, Blue Tractor, Knights, Blimpy Burger, and Mr. Spots are my favorites.

That said, I’m with the initial respondant, Park on the golf course, bring minimal fare, and take it all in.  Great atmosphere on the course.  In fact, that is where I’ll be, taking my five week old son to his first game!


September 19th, 2018 at 11:34 AM ^

We're visiting and have no tailgate because we don't know anyone. We weren't planning to drive from our hotel though since it's only about a mile away. I posted similar earlier in week and was advised to walk through golf course and/or Pioneer. My husband found one of the bars that is open super early for noon kicks is Fraser's so we were gonna at least check that out, though I'd rather be outside. Tailgating in the South right now is still like getting boiled so...


September 19th, 2018 at 11:59 AM ^

Tailgate on the golf course, it’s easy and plenty of room. Even a cooler with a few beers and a sandwhich is fun on the golf course. You can always walk the course with a beer and easily make friends. For bars, I’ve only gone before games if it’s horrible weather and i like good time Charley’s, but at some point a bar is a bar, try to tailgate before and bar after.


September 19th, 2018 at 12:10 PM ^

If you don't tailgate on Saturday, here's my usual plan:

Start on South U (maybe TDs or Charlies), walk through the diag to the MDen (maybe grab a drink at one of the bars close to there) and then head to Main St and grab a drink at Connors and then head to the game. You can also stop by Dominick's and walk through the B-School and Law Quad and skip MDen.

The bars certainly have people, but are usually not super crowded. It's a pretty good way to see the campus and get in a game, if you are short on time.


September 19th, 2018 at 1:49 PM ^

My wife and I are tailgating at the golf course with extended family for the Neb game.  My wife is a lifetime member of the UM Alumni association.  What events (if any) are being held by the UM Alumni association we could attend on game-day?