stadium-fall-2008_470For nearly three years, Michigan Stadium has been a work in progress — you’ve read all about the changes happening at the Big House, and, now, you can finally see them for yourself. On Wednesday, July 14, University of Michigan officials will open the east side of the Big House to the public from 6 a.m. until 8 p.m., allowing fans their first look at the nearly-finished renovations to one of college football’s greatest stadiums. The only accessible entry point will be on the south side of the stadium through Gate 2 (there will be no access to the east side upper concourse, east side lower concourse, or west side structure), and free parking will be available at Pioneer High School.

As Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon said in a recent statement, “the renovation is something our entire athletic department is proud of. I want to invite the public to see what was envisioned and how it all came together. It is spectacular.” And it does, indeed, sound spectacular. The $226-million renovation project, scheduled to be completed next month, includes improvements such as: wider seats and aisles with handrails on the east side, allowing for better traffic flow in the aisles; elevated concourses with additional restrooms and concessions on both sidelines; a new press box on the west side; and, of course, plenty of additional seating. With 81 suites and more than 3,000 club seats, stadium seating capacity is expected to top 108,000 – making Michigan Stadium once again the largest college football venue in the country.

This open house is a perfect opportunity for Wolverine fans to come out, get a first-glance at the amazing new venue, and fuel their excitement for the start of the new football season. If interested in attending, the Lamp Post Inn, an Ann Arbor Hotel, is an ideal option for your overnight staying needs — it is located in the heart of Ann Arbor, just 1 1/2 miles away from the stadium!

Also, don’t forget – the Wolverines season opener (along with the official rededication of the Big House, a historic moment in the history of the stadium) will take place on September 4 against the Connecticut Huskies. For this, and all future Michigan football games, please consider staying at the conveniently located, and highly affordable, Lamp Post Inn hotel. To check for availability or to make reservations, simply go to

Go Blue!