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Posted on Wed, Feb 15, 2012 : 11:08 a.m.

Crisler Center doors open at 7:30 a.m. Saturday for ESPN's 'College GameDay'

By Nick Baumgardner

The Michigan basketball program will welcome ESPN's "College Basketball GameDay" to Ann Arbor for the first time Saturday, and fans will have a chance to participate early.

Doors to the Crisler Center will open at 7:30 a.m., with the show kicking off live on the floor at 10 a.m.

No. 17 Michigan hosts No. 6 Ohio State at 9 p.m. Saturday night on ESPN.

The GameDay broadcast will begin live at 10 a.m. on ESPNU before switching to ESPN from 11 a.m. to noon. Fans wishing to attend the live broadcast may begin lining up at 5 a.m., and Crisler gates A, C and D will open at 7:30 a.m.


The Crisler Center doors will open at 7:30 a.m. Saturday for an appearance by ESPN's "College Basketball GameDay" crew.

All fans attending the broadcast are encouraged to park in the Blue Lot. All vehicles parked in the Lower Blue Lot prior to the show must be removed by 5 p.m. on Saturday to make room for game day traffic. (See parking map.)

ESPN's live program will also impact parking arrangements for several other Michigan athletic events Saturday.

Those attending the Silverston Track and Field Invitational (10 a.m.) at Michigan's Indoor Track Building are asked to park in the Lower Blue Lot, and must move their vehicles by 5 p.m. Track and field fans with a disability will be allowed to park in the Grey Lot.

For Michigan's men's tennis match against Notre Dame (3 p.m.) at the Varsity Tennis Center, fans are encouraged to park in the Brown Lot, adjacent to the complex.

Anyone attending Michigan's home hockey game against Northern Michigan (5:05 p.m., Yost Ice Arena) or the men's gymnastics meet (7 p.m., Cliff Keen Arena) will be asked to park in the Grey Lot. Blue Lot parking for the hockey game will not be available.

Additional hockey parking will be available in the following university lots: Coliseum, Elbel Field and lots on the east side of Greene Street. Also, the Thompson Street parking structure will be available at 3 p.m., and a free shuttle to the arena will run from 4 to 9:30 p.m.

All Michigan men's basketball parking will remain as it normally is for home games.

For more parking information, visit

Nick Baumgardner covers Michigan basketball for He can be reached at 734-623-2514, by email at and followed on Twitter @nickbaumgardner.

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