Michigan to Hold Open Practice at Ford Field Saturday, and Other Notes

Ann Arbor, Mi. Under Head Coach Jim Harbaugh Michigan has been no stranger to innovative ideas, and that trend will continue on Saturday when Michigan’s Football Team will hold practice at Ford Field, the home of the NFL’s Detroit Lions.

The practice will be open to the first 10,000 fans that register for a free ticket via Mgoblue.com. The practice will run from 12-4, and gates will open at 11:30 for fans with printed tickets.

Michigan’s practice at Ford Field is yet another example of how the program is doing new and different things. Earlier this month Michigan held a week of spring practice at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida, which proved to be controversial in the College Football community. Holding practice at Ford Field will give Michigan’s players the opportunity to experience playing in an NFL stadium and will allow local fans to observe practice.

Other Notes:

Spring Game: The Spring Game will be held Next Friday, April 1st, at 6pm at Michigan Stadium. The game will be televised on BTN.

No Night Game: New Athletic Director Warde Manuel has told the Detroit News that Michigan Football will not host a night game next season. Former Interim Athletic Director Jim Hackett had expressed interest a night game, which have proved to be popular with fans and students, but the idea will have to wait for now.

The Big House: Michigan Stadium will host a soccer match between Real Madrid and Chelsea FC on July 30th as part of the International Champions Cup. The Big House also hosted a match in 2014, when Real Madrid faced off against Manchester United in front of the largest crowd to ever watch a soccer game in the United States.

OSU’s Smith Apologizes: In a press conference regarding the soccer match, AD Warde Manuel acknowledged that Ohio State Athletic Director Gene Smith called to apologize for his controversial comments regarding Michigan’s spring practices in Florida, which sparked a response from Harbaugh on Twitter.   More on that story can be found here.