Michigan football adjusting its annual 'Fan Day' to avoid autograph congestion
Melanie Maxwell I AnnArbor.com
In terms of efficiency? Well, that was a different story altogether.
An estimated 25,000 fans showed up at Michigan Stadium last August to grab autographs and catch a glimpse of Hoke and his team, resulting in painfully long lines and an eventual Twitter apology from athletic director Dave Brandon.
"I know some were unhappy they didn't get a particular autograph," Brandon wrote at the time. "I'm sorry. Turnout was huge & certain lines were ridiculously long."
This summer, things have changed.
The event remains free and open to the public, with all stadium gates opening at 1 p.m.
The program will include a 90-minute youth event around the stadium concourse in conjunction with the normal autograph sessions.
As far as autographs go, Michigan is asking that fans only ask Hoke to sign one item per person to "expedite the autograph process and accommodate as many fans as possible."
Fans are discouraged from taking personal photos with Hoke, and are also discouraged from asking for an autograph on a jersey or T shirt.
Additionally, "for the safety of everyone in attendance," Michigan will be limiting certain autograph lines to the first 250 people present in line.
Hoke's autograph station will be located on the southeast portion of second concourse on the east end of the stadium, while players will be available for autographs at concessions stands throughout the venue.
Also, 200 members of the "Kids Go Blue Club" will be randomly selected to enter the stadium early before the general public, giving them a chance to get in line without issue for their favorite player or coach.
To register for the club, visit MgoBlue.com/kidsclub.
Football 'Garage Sale' to be held on Aug. 11
The Michigan athletic department will host an athletic apparel "Garage Sale" from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 11 at the indoor track building.
Fans will have a chance to purchase football jerseys, football pants, shoes, polo shirts, T-shirts, shorts, warm-up jackets, warm-up pants, gloves, baseball and lacrosse items and other merchandise.