Open that jacket: Michigan outlines security changes for 2011 football season
New gate procedures may mean longer lines at Michigan Stadium for football fans, the University of Michigan athletic department announced Thursday in a release.
Other changes for the 2011 season, which begins Saturday when Western Michigan visits Michigan (3:30 p.m., ABC), include:
Keep it moving: Vehicles are now prohibited from lining up on city or campus streets before parking lots open on the day of games. Parking lot opening times are listed each week on the Game Day page at MGoBlue.com.
Traffic pattern change: After the third quarter, traffic on Kipke Drive will be southbound only toward Stadium.
No Victors Walk: Football players no longer will walk through the parking lot to the locker rooms two hours before games.
What's allowed: The release included a list of permitted and prohibited items fans can bring inside Michigan Stadium.
Non-pocket seat cushions
Binoculars -- but cases are not allowed
Cell phones and pagers
Small cameras (those without a detatchable lens) and radios
Blankets and rain apparel -- but no umbrellas
All bags (including purses)
All bottles (including all types of water bottles)
Containers of any kind (including coolers, thermoses, cups, cans, flasks)
Aerosol and spray cans
Umbrellas and seat backs
Flags and flagpoles
Food of any kind
Video cameras and tripods
Projectile toys (including footballs, Frisbees and beach balls)