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Posted on Thu, Apr 4, 2013 : 2:59 p.m.

University of Michigan not hosting public watch party for Saturday's Final Four game

By Kellie Woodhouse

The University of Michigan will not be hosting a public watch party as the Wolverines take on Syracuse Saturday night for a spot in NCAA's championship game.


Hundreds of fans greeted Michigan's Final Four-bound basketball team last weekend.

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The school's 12,700-seat basketball arena Crisler Center is booked for the 41st annual Dance for Mother Earth Powwow, and school officials say other indoor athletic facilities, including Yost Ice Arena, aren't large enough to accommodate a public watch party.

U-M associate athletic director Dave Ablauf said the school will host a public watch party Monday night if Michigan beats Syracuse Saturday during their 8:49 p.m. game in Atlanta.

Saturday's game marks the first time Michigan has been in the Final Four in 20 years.

The school is hosting two watch parties limited to students of the Ann Arbor campus. A student-only watch party will be held from 6:15 p.m. until 11:15 p.m. in the Pendleton room on the second-floor of Michigan Union and another will be held in Pierpont Commons.

The U-M alumni association is not hosting a watch party in Ann Arbor, although alumni clubs in several cities —including Grand Rapids, Brighton, and Traverse City— are gathering for viewing parties.

If you're not a student but looking to join a crowd when watching Saturday's game, there are a number of pubs in the area that will be showing the game. Colonial Lanes will show the game and give prizes to attendees. Staff at the Arena Sports Bar and Grill downtown already are predicting a "stupid busy" night.

Kellie Woodhouse covers higher education for Reach her at or 734-623-4602 and follow her on twitter.


Snarf Oscar Boondoggle

Sun, Apr 7, 2013 : 7:44 p.m.

"University of Michigan not hosting public watch party for Saturday's Final Four game" /// cowards!


Fri, Apr 5, 2013 : 9:56 a.m.

Oh geez get real - plenty of folks will be in the bar/restaurants - those watch parties at sports venues are not necessarily well attended. In fact i am not sure there were ever more than a 5,000 students at crisler during the season. Get your friends together and watch the game at home or at a pub - create a final four party. Do not fault the dance - this has traditionally been held here for years. No one can plan far in advance for final four due to the nature of march madness.

Paul Wiener

Fri, Apr 5, 2013 : 1:49 a.m.

What a total crock. Thank you again U-M for a big NOTHING.


Fri, Apr 5, 2013 : 1:43 a.m.

U of M is so lame. Whatever could be the reason? Money, hooliganism. Get a real job Brandon, you work for a PUBLIC university. You only have private U self interest in mind. Rather have you at Dominos Pizza.


Fri, Apr 5, 2013 : 12:46 a.m.

Only in Ann Arbor could Dance for Mother Earth PowWow trump the final four......I love it!


Fri, Apr 5, 2013 : 11:40 a.m.

@Mike I would hope that ANY university would HONOR a contract that had already been booked. Even if it was a group YOU deemed insignificant.


Fri, Apr 5, 2013 : 2:07 a.m.

Actually, Goofus. MSU, OSU, etc all have non-affiliated fans.


Fri, Apr 5, 2013 : 12:50 a.m.

And only UM has fans like Mike who probably didn't even go to UM.


Fri, Apr 5, 2013 : 12:27 a.m.

You can't miss an opportunity like this. They need to come up with something.


Thu, Apr 4, 2013 : 11:18 p.m.

Crisler booked for the "Powwow"? But hey, are we talking final four or are we talking making an extra $10K? Ann Arbor - it's all for rent.


Fri, Apr 5, 2013 : 1:36 a.m.

Brad you are the best at


Fri, Apr 5, 2013 : 12:25 a.m.

Brad, you're sort of assuming everyone in Ann Arbor cares about the Final Four. Also, your use of quotation marks is somewhat confusing.


Thu, Apr 4, 2013 : 11:46 p.m.

I do realize that it was rented long ago. Hence the comment.


Thu, Apr 4, 2013 : 11:39 p.m.

Of course you realize it was booked long ago...


Thu, Apr 4, 2013 : 8:54 p.m.

Boo! What about the big house and its TWO megatrons?

Larry Baird

Thu, Apr 4, 2013 : 8:52 p.m.

How many out of town visitors do we usually get for the Powwow and Hash Bash??

An Arborigine

Thu, Apr 4, 2013 : 8:08 p.m.

Wolverine State Brewing Tap Room will offer Pub(lic) viewing of the game and same fine lager as well.


Thu, Apr 4, 2013 : 7:28 p.m.

Chelsea Alehouse!


Thu, Apr 4, 2013 : 8:32 p.m.

Hi Kyle -- Looks like they're "projecting" it somehow:

Kyle Mattson

Thu, Apr 4, 2013 : 7:31 p.m.

I was in there a few weeks ago and there were no televisions. Has this changed?

Kellie Woodhouse

Thu, Apr 4, 2013 : 7:17 p.m.

Readers, do you know of any clubs or bars or groups that are hosting public watch parties Saturday?