A Fan’s Guide to Mott Spring Game and “Battle at the Big House” Saturday
ANN ARBOR – The 2013 Mott Spring Game presented by PNC Bank in partnership with Michigan Athletics and the “Battle at the Big House” men’s lacrosse game against Ohio State will be held this Saturday (April 13) at Michigan Stadium. The spring scrimmage and lacrosse game are free to the public, and Michigan Athletics and U-M C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital have teamed up once again to raise funds for the new hospital.
The gates to the Big House will open at 10 a.m., as events will surround the football team’s final spring practice. The fifth annual alumni flag football game is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m., while Team 134 is set to take the field at approximately 12:40 p.m. The football scrimmage will be streamed live on BTN2Go beginning at 1 p.m. ET and air on delay at 9 p.m. ET on Big Ten Network.
Following the spring scrimmage, Michigan’s men’s lacrosse team will face Ohio State, set to begin at 3:30 p.m.
Since 2010, the Spring Game has raised nearly $1 million for the C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital.
Fans can make a donation of choice to the Mott Children’s Hospital upon entering the gates of Michigan Stadium. Donations are accepted at any level but fans will receive giveaways for donating at the following levels, while supplies last:
$5 — An authentic Spring Game jersey patch identical to those worn by the players during the 2013 Spring Game
$10 — Spring Game cinch backpack
$20 — Game-day approved stadium bench seat cushion
$250 — Four (4) passes to a preseason football practice (tentatively scheduled for Aug. 24)
$500 — Brady Hoke autographed football AND four (4) passes to a preseason football practice (tentatively scheduled for Aug. 24)
$1,500 — Pregame sideline pass for two (2)
Can’t attend the 2013 Spring Game? Donate now at mottchildren.org/spring-game.
Following is a list of everything fans need to know about the annual spring game and activities:
Parking: The lots around Michigan Stadium owned and operated by the University of Michigan will be free and open to the public; however, availability in these lots is extremely limited. Additional parking will be available at Briarwood Mall on the south side of Sears, and shuttles will be running from this area beginning at 9:30 a.m. The U-M Golf Course Lot (Green) will be restricted to golfers only. Pioneer High School will be charging $20 for cars and $80 for RVs on Saturday.
Gates, Restrooms and Concessions: The Michigan Stadium gates will open at 10 a.m., one hour prior to the alumni game. All available restrooms on the lower concourse will be open, and concessions will be available at several locations throughout the stadium.
Victors Classic: Former U-M football players will be split into the maize and blue teams and will match wits in the fifth annual alumni flag football game starting at 11 a.m. More than 100 former football players from five decades are scheduled to participate.
Kick for Cash: The athletic department will randomly select one fan to attempt field goals with the chance to win a PNC gift card up to $300. The fan will have the opportunity to kick from three different spots — the goal line, 10- or 20-yard lines — with varying prizes for each of the three distances.
Big Ten Network Broadcast: Matt Shepard (play-by-play), former Wolverine offensive lineman Jon Jansen (analyst) and Lisa Byington (field reporter) will broadcast Michigan’s spring scrimmage, which will be streamed live on BTN2Go beginning at 1 p.m. ET and air on delay at 9 p.m. ET on Big Ten Network. The network will feature in-game and post-scrimmage interviews with head coach Brady Hoke, assistant coaches and players.
Radio Broadcasts: The Michigan Radio Network will broadcast for two hours during the spring football scrimmage. Frank Beckmann (play-by-play), Jim Brandstatter (color) and Doug Karsch (sidelines) will call the action from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. The broadcast can be heard on 97.1 The Ticket in Detroit. For a full list of affiliates carrying the spring game, please visit MGoBlue.com.
Ann Arbor’s Sports Talk 1050 AM WTKA will broadcast from Michigan Stadium with pre-and post-game coverage, in addition to airing the Michigan Radio Network’s broadcast of the final spring practice. Ira Weintraub and Steve Clarke will cover the pre-game and post-game activities live from the radio booth, while Sam Webb and Marcus Ray will be roaming the sidelines during the day. The station will begin broadcasting Saturday at 10:30 a.m. and carry the former players’ flag football game.
Spring Game on Satellite Radio: Fans can listen to the spring football game on satellite radio to follow the action from Michigan Stadium. The scrimmage can be heard on Sirius XM channel 91 starting at noon.
Golf Course Sidewalk Sale: The U-M Golf Course will have its annual sidewalk sale from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday in the clubhouse. The new 2013 merchandise has arrived and last season’s selection is up to 40 percent off. All shoppers will be entered into a drawing for a FREE twosome of golf.
Michigan Football Highlights and Interviews: The athletic department’s online football recap show will have a complete highlight package and interviews with Brady Hoke and players available on MGoBlue.com following the conclusion of the final practice.