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Posted on Fri, Apr 12, 2013 : 5:59 a.m.

On-street parking restrictions in effect for Saturday's spring game at Michigan Stadium

By Ryan J. Stanton


City of Ann Arbor

The city of Ann Arbor is reminding residents and football fans about parking restrictions that will be in place in neighborhoods around the Big House this Saturday.

The University of Michigan Mott Spring Football Scrimmage is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. Saturday at Michigan Stadium, and on-street parking restrictions will be in place on several streets.


A flashing sign on South Main Street in Ann Arbor alerts motorists that parking restrictions will be in place near Michigan Stadium on Saturday.

Ryan J. Stanton |

Parking, vendor operations and traffic control will be similar to regular Saturday game days in Ann Arbor, with special event no-parking restrictions in effect.

That includes portions of Fourth Avenue, Division Street, Cross Street, Brown Street, Edgewood Place, Keech Avenue, Potter Avenue, Edgewood Avenue, Belmar Place, Berkley Avenue, Snyder Avenue, Franklin Boulevard, State Street, McKinley Avenue and Dewey Avenue.

City officials said signage will be displayed in the stadium area to promote the event parking hotline number for residents and visitors with questions. The hotline number is 734-794-6444.

Residents and visitors interested in information about the event also can visit

Ann Arbor has a reputation for being aggressive about ticketing and towing cars that are parked illegally on city streets.

The city began enforcing regular football parking rules during the U-M spring game for the first time in April 2010. But after receiving strong backlash for failing to give proper notice about the enforcement, the city agreed to void 95 tickets it had issued to football fans and other motorists.

City officials decided then they would do a better job of notifying the public about the parking restrictions for the spring game in future years.

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

don't the cops have better things to do than ticket illegally parked cars?


Fri, Apr 12, 2013 : 9:13 p.m.

Don't you have better things to do than park illegally? Never have understood the "I parked where I shouldn't have and Ann Arbor has the NERVE to ticket me" mentality.

Ryan J. Stanton

Fri, Apr 12, 2013 : 4:16 p.m.

From 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.

John of Saline

Fri, Apr 12, 2013 : 5:32 p.m.


John of Saline

Fri, Apr 12, 2013 : 4:08 p.m.

OK, we know where not to park. So. Where should we park? Will they have any buses running from Briarwood like on game days in the fall?

Ryan J. Stanton

Fri, Apr 12, 2013 : 4:16 p.m.

See my comment below


Fri, Apr 12, 2013 : 3:31 p.m.

What isn't clear is the reason behind these restrictions... why are these rules in place? Why for this event, and not basketball games? Why these streets in specific?


Fri, Apr 12, 2013 : 2 p.m.

How do you get on on the list? What a relief it would be to not have them rocketing around looking for driveways and x-walks to impinge.


Fri, Apr 12, 2013 : 1:28 p.m.

If each and every restricted parking area is not CLEARLY posted on site then how would people know? What are residents in those areas expected to do? If no one can park there then are all those useful parking spots left vacant? Isn't city government wonderful to behold?


Fri, Apr 12, 2013 : 1:02 p.m.

Are there going to be signs on the seemingly-random blocks that are prohibited? Half a block of Fourth north of Madison? Edgewood, but not the surrounding streets? The reason these parking restrictions work on regular Football Saturdays is because they allow people to park cars on their lawns. Will that be allowed, if anyone is foolish enough to let visitors destroy their spring lawns?


Fri, Apr 12, 2013 : 12:03 p.m.

Waiting for someone from the city to pipe in and say parking is restricted for "safety" reasons.


Fri, Apr 12, 2013 : 12:06 p.m.

For the safetry of someone's profits maybe.


Fri, Apr 12, 2013 : 11:54 a.m.

So this looks like a MASSIVE money grab..... The streets they have blocked off....are SPECIFICALLY the streets that always fill up for football games. Is the one and only reason for making those streets "no parking" for the game so they can force people to pay the extortion U of M parking prices? If so.....I ask the CITY why they're allowing the university to shut down nearly 10 blocks worth of RESIDENTIAL PARKING that isn't even on or next to university property?


Fri, Apr 12, 2013 : 2:42 p.m.

It looks to that the streets that have parking restrictions are the ones that have restrictions on fall game days and the city is simply noting that they will have the same restrictions for the spring game. Maybe Ryan could make a call and check this.


Fri, Apr 12, 2013 : 2:27 p.m.

Actually no...there are NOT many more streets that fill up during football games....and this is from someone who has lived in that area for over 30 years... All the parking to the east of the stadium is almost entirely rental STUDENT there's never any street parking normally there, so that area doesn't have additional issues with game parking. The bulk of the streets marked as "no parking" are in townie residential areas, not student areas. Those areas normally have street parking available all day because there aren't 8 people, 4 with vehicles...all living in ONE household. Now make 5 of the 7 houses on your street have that demographic...and this is why there is never any street parking in student areas. The allmendinger heights neighborhood is SPECIFICALLY the number one parking neighborhood for U of M games and has been since I've been can even see on the map that it is the closest neighborhood with a lot of parking to the stadium...

Robert Granville

Fri, Apr 12, 2013 : 1:11 p.m.

Also there are many more streets that fill up on football Saturdays. Characterizing the ones the city chose as "specifically the streets that always fill up" is a bit disingenuous. I fully expected to see my street listed, in fact. It isn't so it will be packed end to end as usual. I wonder if the lawn parking ban is lifted like usual for football Saturday.

Robert Granville

Fri, Apr 12, 2013 : 1:06 p.m.

UofM extortion prices? Spring game parking is generally free. I couldn't tell you why they chose the streets they did, but it's clearly not just about money. They voided 95 legitimate tickets simply because people complained about the enforcement. They didn't have to do that... if it was a money grab, I don't think they would have.


Fri, Apr 12, 2013 : 11:50 a.m.

So is the city going to prevent RESIDENTS in those RESIDENTIAL AREAS from parking their vehicles on the street?


Fri, Apr 12, 2013 : 3:02 p.m.

If that is how it is on everyone football saturday then yeah...


Fri, Apr 12, 2013 : 11:52 a.m.

Sure. Ann Arbor is always for rent.