If you’re coming to town for a game and still need a place to stay, you may be in luck. Here at First Street Garden Inn, a downtown Ann Arbor Bed and Breakfast, we still have a few openings for football game days on Sept 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. The University Musical Society has performances through Sept. 17 and the U of M Bicentennial finale is October 27 from 4- 7 pm at U of M Central Campus. Make it a weekend visit to remember.
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.
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)
Other events coming up in Ann Arbor
Here’s info to help you make plans. And remember to contact First Street Garden Inn about being our guest for a visit you’ll remember.