Despite earlier weather reports, the University of Michigan Athletic Department has decided to proceed with plans to host the 2012 Mott Spring Game presented by PNC Bank and the "Battle at the Big House" men's lacrosse game at Michigan Stadium today (Saturday, April 14). The football scrimmage and lacrosse game are free to the public, but the University has teamed with C.S. Mott Children's Hospital in a fundraiser for the new hospital.
"The reports have improved overnight and we felt that it was appropriate to prepare for the football and lacrosse games at Michigan Stadium," said Rob Rademacher, associate athletic director for facilities and operations.
Fans are asked to use caution because of the weather reports. Michigan will proceed with the originally scheduled plan at Michigan Stadium, but if lightning or thunder comes within six miles of the stadium, the spring game will be cancelled immediately for the safety of the fans and players. The regular-season lacrosse game will follow NCAA rules when it pertains to weather delays.
The gates to Michigan Stadium will open at 9 a.m. The fourth annual alumni flag football game will start with introductions at 10 a.m. Following the conclusion of the alumni game, Team 133 will take the field for warm-ups at approximately 11:30 a.m. The final spring practice and scrimmage will begin at noon and will be broadcast nationally by the Big Ten Network.
Immediately following the conclusion of the Mott Spring Game, the Michigan and Ohio State men's lacrosse teams will begin warm-ups. The "Battle at the Big House" is scheduled to begin at 2:30 p.m. on the Big Ten Network.