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U-M Soccer Stadium

Ann Arbor, MI

Home of the Michigan Wolverines

3.6

3.6

U-M Soccer Stadium (map it)
2250 S State St
Ann Arbor, MI 48104


Michigan Wolverines website

U-M Soccer Stadium website

Year Opened: 2008

Capacity: 2,200

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The Little House

Originally opened in 2008, and expanded to a capacity of 2,200 in 2010, the home of Michigan Wolverines men’s and women’s soccer is a perfectly-sized venue for the growing soccer programs. The majority of seating is in the main grandstand, while the student section and pep band sit on the opposite of the stadium.

Located as one of the southernmost athletic fields of the University of Michigan’s athletic facilities, the U-M Soccer Stadium is a small, but comfortable home for collegiate soccer.

Michigan soccer has achieved moderate success this century, with the 2010 season being the highlight as they won the Big Ten Championship, and made their way to the semi-finals of the NCAA Tournament as a 10-seed, before falling to Akron.

If you’re in Ann Arbor during the fall, it would be worthwhile to consult the soccer schedule. Perhaps you can see the Big House and the “Little House” on the same weekend.

3.6

What is FANFARE?

The FANFARE scale is our metric device for rating each stadium experience. It covers the following:

  • Food & Beverage
  • Atmosphere
  • Neighborhood
  • Fans
  • Access
  • Return on Investment
  • Extras

Each area is rated from 0 to 5 stars with 5 being the best. The overall composite score is the "FANFARE Score".

Food & Beverage    3

The concession menu is modest, but enough to sustain you during the match. You'll find concessions behind the main grand stand with a menu of bratwurst ($5), stadium hot dog ($4), popcorn ($5), soft pretzel ($4), and "super" nachos ($6). Drinks include Coca-Cola products for $4, or you can get the souvenir sized cup for $5. On those colder nights you can purchase a Tim Horton's hot chocolate for $2, or get the souvenir plastic mug for $7.

Atmosphere    3

The stadium is very basic with a main grand stand on one side, and a few rows of the bleachers on the other which houses the student section, and a small pep band. There is no doubt that the pep band adds that college-element to the festivities, making this more fun.

Behind one goal there is plenty of standing room, and gives you a great perspective on the game. For my money, this is the place to be as you get an up-close look at the action on the goal.

There is a basic scoreboard which displays the score, shots on goal, and corner kicks. Unlike most professional levels of soccer, the clock counts down from 45 minutes each half.

Neighborhood    4

You are a little further away from downtown Ann Arbor, then you would for Michigan Stadium and the other sports complexes. You could walk, but it is probably 2 miles to get into downtown, so you're more likely to drive.

Ann Arbor is one of the great college towns, and there is a great variety of restaurants and bars that are worth checking out. Some of my favorites include Zingerman's (one of the best delis/specialty food stores in the world), Ashley's (a wonderful bar for beer lovers), Blue Tractor (BBQ and locally made beer), Mani Osteria (wonderful Italian), Frita Baditos (Cuban-inspired food), and Grange (for more eclectic new American cuisine).

A stop at the Cupcake Factory is usually on my to-do list when in downtown, and if you have young kids with you, then I would recommend a stop at the Ann Arbor Hands-On Children's Museum.

Fans    4

The small "Ultras" section of mainly Michigan students is a rowdy bunch personifying what passionate soccer fandom is all about. The rest of the crowd seems to be a mix of families and alumni, and are somewhat reserved, but certainly appreciate the game. You're likely to see groups of kids who are just beginning to play the game, and want to see a local edition of a higher level. This is a good and affordable option for that.

Access    4

Parking is a bit strange as you have to park down a hill somewhat away from the U-M Soccer Stadium. It's a little bit of a walk from here, but the school runs complimentary golf carts if you need to hitch a ride. Also, the parking is free, so it's hard to complain too much.

Once inside the stadium grounds, there is plenty of room to move around. Restrooms are adequately sized, and very clean.

Return on Investment    4

Tickets run between $6-$8, well worth your money for a low-key and enjoyable night of soccer. The concessions are slightly less in price and variety compared to other Michigan venues, but still probably slightly overpriced. Parking is free. Overall, there is a good return on Investment, and the total experience seems to be priced just about right.

Extras    3

There aren't a ton of extras when you visit U-M Soccer Stadium, but it is impressive that the school has invested $6 million to build a modern venue for a sport that is often seen as an afterthought.

I am also very happy to see that the pep band is present for soccer games. It is part of what makes college sports special, especially at Michigan where they always have a string band.

Finally, an extra point for the family-friendly environment. This is an easy place to bring young ones who have an interest in soccer. You'll likely see kids kicking around a ball behind the grand stand area, which just adds to the casual and comfortable feel of this stadium experience.

Final Thoughts

Soccer in the United States is on the rise, and more and more schools are investing in their soccer programs. This is a stadium that was very well done to serve an intimate soccer crowd. It's not a bucket list stadium, but you will have a good time if you choose to go see a game at U-M Soccer Stadium.

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Great place to take the family

Total Score: 3.57

  • Food & Beverage: 3
  • Atmosphere 4
  • Neighborhood: 3
  • Fans: 5
  • Access: 4
  • RoI: 5
  • Extras: 1

We enjoyed taking our son here for a game and would go back again. If you arrive early you can can great seats close to the soccer action. The small stadium feel is great for the kids.

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