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.
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 - 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.Watch video
Where to tailgate
Pioneer High School and Golf CourseThe best spots to set up and tailgate if you want to be near the stadium and want to have the best pre-game party are at the Pioneer High School and golf course, you will pay about $40-50 for a spot, but the locations are well worth the price.
Lot’s adjoining Michigan StadiumThe lots closest to Michigan Stadium are where all the long time season ticket holders tailgate. If you want to see the larger tailgate vehicles and RVs, then this is the place for you. These lots do require a special parking permit, though.
Ann Arbor Golf and Outing ClubAcross the street from Michigan Stadium you’ll find some of the largest and more extravagant tailgates Ann Arbor has to offer. Here you’ll be able to set up elaborate tailgate parties for all your friends and family.
Corner of State and Hill (Student Tailgate)For those of you looking to let loose and get wild at the tailgate then the student tailgate is where you’ll want to be. You’ll find plenty of cheap beer, loud music, and dancing so doesn't be shy and join in on the fun.