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Michigan Spring Game in the Big House

By Paul Swaney -- April 15, 2012 3:32 PM EDT

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The spring game is a tradition for many college football fans. Sometime in mid-April almost every Division I program plays an intrasquad game and opens up their stadium. It is an opportunity for many budget-strapped fans and families to venture into some of the icons of the sport.

The University of Michigan spring game for 2012 was held on April 14th. Early rain cleared as the alumni game concluded and the players took the field, led by star Quarterback Denard Robinson.

Admission was free, but a donation was encouraged to Mott Children's Hospital in Ann Arbor. The donations raised more than $250,000, so it was certainly a good cause.

If you're not a huge fan of the team, you may find the scrimmage to be a bit boring. There were no kickoffs or punts in this particular game with the first team offense playing against the first team defense, and then alternating with the second team offense against the second team defense.

Many of the concessions were the same as what you would experience with a regular season game at Michigan Stadium. Programs cost $5.

It is a good opportunity to sit wherever you like in the Big House. The highlight for me was the chance to see the Michigan lacrosse team take on Ohio State. The Buckeyes won the game 12-9, in a contest dubbed the "Battle in the Big House."

If you are considering attending a spring game, it's a worthwhile experience if you are a huge fan of the team, just want access to an otherwise expensive stadium, or are just so desperate for outdoor football that you'll take anything you can.

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