Atmosphere

University of Michigan fans take tailgating very seriously. Here you’ll find a very traditional tailgate atmosphere that featuring tents, grills, drinks, and tailgate games. On game days you’ll see lots of very intricate setups hours before kickoff as  students, alumni, and even kids come together on game day to celebrate a Wolverines game day.

If you want to experience a Michigan tailgate to the max then arriving early in the morning is recommended. Some people begin to gather around the stadium as early as 6 am during the warmer months to get the best spots. Although you may want to get here even earlier if College Gameday on ESPN is being broadcast from Ann Arbor.

When you set up for your tailgate make sure to grab some of the local Ann Arbor brews as the state of Michigan has become rich with micro and craft breweries. Some notable local brews are the Wolverine State Brews, Arbor Brewing, and Jolly Pumpkin line of beers which you can find in most liquor stores in the town. Grab some of these local favorites before heading out to the game to add a more flavorful experience to your tailgate.  

Traditions

Schembechler Hall's Towsley Museum

The newly renovated Towsley Family Museum inside Schembechler Hall is the place to be for U-M football fans. The state-of-the-art facility links Maize & Blue history with modern technologies for an experience like no other!

Step Show

Step Show - One of the great Michigan pregame traditions is the drum line’s “Step Show.” The show takes place about an hour and a half before the game on the steps of Revelli Hall and shortly after, the entire band does the musical March to the Stadium down Hoover St, turning left on Greene before entering the Big House. You’ll love the “Step Show” as it is a great way to get your heart pumping before you take in one of the best football experiences in the country.

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Victor's Walk

Two hours before the game the coaches and players make a 200-foot walk to the stadium. Stop by to cheer on the Wolverines and give them a little bit of extra encouragement before the game starts.

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Where to tailgate

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