Michigan Stadium Bag Policy

Michigan Stadium Bag Policy

Michigan Stadium (the Big House) is home to the University of Michigan Wolverines NCAA Football Team at 1201 S Main St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104. There is a strict no-bag policy at Michigan Stadium. The only exception to this no-bag policy is that the stadium security staff will allow medical bags and similar packs into the venue. Otherwise, all traditional backpacks and more can’t enter the venue on game day with fans.


Here is the complete Michigan Stadium bag policy guide for your next football game.


How Does the Michigan Stadium Security Team Review Bags?

How Does the Michigan Stadium Security Team Review Bags

Fans arriving at Michigan Stadium for a football game will pass through a security check at the gate before entering the stadium. Fans with a bag will also have that go through a bag inspection. As a note, Michigan Stadium has a fierce no-bag policy in place. Therefore, the only exception to this no-bag policy is allowing medical bags into the arena. Otherwise, fans can’t bring bags into the stadium.


Below are the bags that fans can bring into the venue for a Michigan Wolverines match.


  • Childcare bags
  • Medical bags
  • Any ADA-specific bag
  • Foam seat pads that have no pockets
  • Blankets
  • Diaper bags
  • Small wallets / wristlets 


What are the Prohibited Items that Fans Can’t Bring into Michigan Stadium?

What are the Prohibited Items that Fans Can't Bring into Michigan Stadium

Fans arriving at the Michigan Wolverines venue for a game should know that certain items can’t come into the arena with them. Some things that can’t go into the stadium with fans are below. Visit the official prohibited items list for the football stadium to get the most up-to-date information on what can’t enter the stadium.


  • Non-medical or childcare bags. For example, backpacks, fanny packs, purses, laptops, cameras, and luggage bags can’t enter the stadium with fans.
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Coolers
  • Beach balls
  • Aerosol cans
  • Outside food
  • Flasks
  • Glassware
  • Seat cushions that contain pockets
  • Selfie sticks
  • Drones
  • Weapons of any kind
  • Bottles
  • Strollers
  • Video cameras
  • Umbrellas
  • Animals not for ADA purposes


Is There a Bag Check or Locker Storage Area for Fans to Use at Michigan Stadium?

Yes, there is a bag check and locker storage area at Michigan Stadium for fans to use to leave their bag at before a game. The bag check area is at the South Entrance of the venue. The bag check operates on a first come and first served basis and closes after forty-five minutes after the football game. Plan to arrive here two hours before kickoff to get a spot for your bag if you know you can’t bring it into the arena.


If you plan on partaking in tailgating in the parking lots before a college football game, leave all bags in a car before walking to the stadium. As a reminder, Michigan Stadium has a no-bag policy, which means backpacks and coolers can’t come into the venue with fans. However, feel free to bring coolers and more to the parking lots for tailgating before a game.


As a note, there aren’t hotels within walking distance of the Michigan Stadium to see if they can watch your bag for you when you are attending a game. Therefore, you must either use the bag check area directly at the stadium for your stuff or leave your bag in your car before walking to the stadium.


Parking and Food Information for a University of Michigan Football Game

The parking lots at Michigan Stadium open anytime between 6 and 8 AM, depending on when the game will start. Parking rates will vary depending on where you park, but you can expect to pay around $20 for parking.


Fans can’t bring any outside food into Michigan Stadium. However, the exception to this rule is if you need to bring in something for medical or religious reasons. Otherwise, if you want to eat the game, you will need to get the food from the concession stands at the venue.


Visit the Michigan Stadium Food guide for more details.