Ann Arbor Car Rentals
If Ann Arbor were a kingdom, Michigan Stadium would be its castle. Home to the University of Michigan Wolverines, Michigan Stadium—more commonly known as the Big House—is one of the largest venues in sports and has drawn a crowd of over 100,000 fans in more than 250 consecutive football games since 1975. The land of maize and blue boasts arguably the most dedicated fan base in the country, and you can easily join in the fun by hopping in an Ann Arbor rental car and driving to the game.
The Big House is located at the corner of Stadium Boulevard and Main Street, and is easily accessible from the Detroit Metropolitan Airport. Once you've picked up your car rental, you'll need to head west on Interstate 94 for about 30 miles to exit 175. Game day excitement takes over Ann Arbor on Saturdays in the fall, so it's not a bad idea to find parking on Main Street, and take the rest of the journey on foot to avoid having to navigate through the thousands of college students and alumni fans who wander from tailgate to tailgate before kickoff.
A Brief History
Fielding Yost designed Michigan Stadium in the early 1920s, but it wasn't approved for construction until 1926. According to MGoBlue.com, Yost wanted to build a stadium that could seat 100,000 to 150,000 people. Although the original structure only had 72,000 seats, he insisted that the stadium be built in a way that would allow for expansion in the future.
After numerous additions over the next few decades, Yost's dream was finally realized in 1956 when new construction increased the number of available seats to 101,000. Today, Michigan Stadium can fit more than 110,000 fans.
A look Around Town
Ann Arbor is more than just a football town, so you won't be hard pressed to find somewhere to eat, or wander when the game is over. Zingerman's Delicatessen is a local favorite, known nationwide for its piled-high deli sandwiches, and artisanal ingredients. Located at the corner of Detroit Street and Kingsley Street, Zingerman's also boasts a large selection of:
If you're in the mood for brunch, The Broken Egg is a must-visit breakfast joint located at the corner of Main Street and Miller Ave. Make sure to bring your appetite, as specialties here include jumbo omelets, and heaping plates of breakfast stews.
To take in the beautiful fall colors, head to Nichols Arboretum and stroll along the beautiful paths. "The Arb," as it's known by students, features a stunning natural landscape filled with trees, shrubs, and the Huron River. There are many entrances to The Arb, but the most widely used can be found on Washington Heights off Observatory Street and Geddes Avenue between Observatory Street and Oxford Road.
When you're ready for some shopping, head over to the Kerrytown Market & Shops on Kingsley Street and 5th Avenue, where you can find stalls selling everything from seafood and decorative paper to gourmet spices and children's toys.