U of M Football at “The Big House”

If you’re coming to town for a game and still need a place to stay, you may be in luck.

At First Street Garden Inn, a downtown Ann Arbor Bed and Breakfast, we still have a few openings for football game days on Sept 8-9 and 15-16, and Oct. 27-28. Call ASAP to book lodgings for your visit. If you weren’t planning to stay over, you may want to think again.

Look at these other Ann Arbor events that same weekend. Make it a weekend to remember.

Sept 8-9, 2017 ~ A2 Jazz Fest Fri, 7-10pm & Sat 12-10pm https://www.facebook.com/a2jazzfest/

Sept 12-17, 2017 ~ UMS Every Brilliant Thing Performance in Arthur Miller Theatre and the Power Center   University of Michigan University Musical Society

Oct 27 ~ U of M Bicentennial finale planned at Third Century Expo 4-7 pm  at U of M Central Campus

For New Visitors to The Big House

The University of Michigan football stadium is affectionately known as “The Big House” as it’s the biggest stadium in the US and third largest in the world. Official capacity is 107,501, but actual attendance reaches over 110,000.  In fact, the stadium holds the last two largest crowd records (2013 and 2011) for college football games, both against Notre Dame. You can arrange tours of the Stadium if you’d like to see behind the scenes.

Getting There

The Big House’s address is 1201 S Main Street, located on the corner of Stadium Road and Main Street just south of Downtown Ann Arbor. It is within walking distance of the UM sports complex, Crisler Arena, Yost Arena, the UM Law School and Ross Business School, plus many other UM buildings and facilities. If you are attending an event at The Big House, you can find helpful visitor information at the Athletic News website.

Getting Around Town

Parking anywhere near downtown Ann Arbor on game days can be likened to a no-holds-barred free-for-all. Many people park on side streets in the Old West Side neighborhood and hike in. Many nearby businesses, churches, and private citizens rent space in their lots. Pioneer High School (across from the stadium) partners with the Stadium for reserved parking. You can also try their Park-n-Party site for a reservation. Information about Ann Arbor transportation is on the AATA – The Ride ~ City Bus website or the Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority site.

Eats & Drinks

For information about places to eat and drink within walking distance of the stadium, visit the PureMichigan visitor’s bureau website or the Ann Arbor Area Visitor’s Bureau.  For more “Foodie” type information (the story behind the food you eat), try the Discover Our Town Guide or the Edible Wow Magazine guide.

Accommodations (if First Street Garden Inn is full)

Almost all Ann Arbor Bed & Breakfasts are within walking distance of the stadium. Go to the B&B Association site for a list. TripAdvisor and Yelp have good hotel/motel lists with reviews.

Other events coming up in Ann Arbor

Here’s some info to help you make your plans in advance. Just contact First Street Garden Inn about being our guest while you’re in town.

Dec 17 ~ U of M Winter Commencement

U of M Basketball at Crisler Arena

NOV 11 (SAT) TBA  VS NORTH FLORIDA

NOV 13 (MON) TBA VS CENTRAL MICHIGAN

NOV 16 (THU) TBA  VS SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI

NOV 26 (SUN) TBA VS UC RIVERSIDE

DEC 9 (SAT) TBA VS UCLA

DEC 21 (THU) TBA VS ALABAMA A&M

DEC 30 (SAT) TBA VS JACKSONVILLE

U of M Ice Hockey at Yost Ice Arena

SEP 30 (SAT) TBA  VS WESTERN ONTARIO

OCT 20 (FRI)  & OCT 21 (SAT) TBA  VS VERMONT

NOV 2 (THU) & NOV 3 (FRI) TBA  VS FERRIS STATE

NOV 10 (FRI) & NOV 11 (SAT)TBA  VS MINNESOTA

NOV 24 (FRI) & NOV 25 (SAT)  TBA  VS OHIO STATE

DEC 8 (FRI) TBA  VS MICHIGAN STATE

JAN 5 (FRI) TBA  VS NOTRE DAME

JAN 19 (FRI) & JAN 20 (SAT)TBA  VS PENN STATE

FEB 2 (FRI) & FEB 3 (SAT) TBA  VS WISCONSIN

FEB 18 (SUN) TBA  VS NOTRE DAME

FEB 23 (FRI) & FEB 24 (SAT) TBA  VS ARIZONA STATE

See our Aug 2017 event guide for events all the way through April 2018, with links to other community calendars.

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