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Selfie Sticks & Drones Banned At U-M's Big House In Ann Arbor

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If you were hoping to take a super cool selfie at a University of Michigan football game this fall, you'll have to do so without the help of a selfie stick!  

They are being added to the "what you can't bring" list in to the big house beginning in September.  The rules also clarified the use of drones at the U of M football stadium, and surrounding areas.  They are NOT permitted!

Other stadiums around the country have also adopted similar bans.

Disneyland and the Sistine Chapel at the Vatican no longer allow selfie sticks inside.
A complete list of the rules is available here:
What Not To Do
In order to keep the Big House a safe environment for all, we remind you about three key stipulations of the University of Michigan ordinance of the Board of Regents:

  • Alcohol, possession and/or consumption, is prohibited at all athletic events inside the stadium.
  • No person shall throw, project or drop any projectile or object that could cause injury in the spectator or playing area.
  • Unauthorized entry onto the playing field before, during or after the game is prohibited.
  • Violation of these articles of the University ordinance shall constitute a civil infraction and shall be punishable by a fine of not more than $50 plus court costs.
  • The possession and operation of unmanned and/or remote controlled aircraft (drone) is prohibited at Michigan Stadium and surrounding area. Any person who knowingly or willfully violates the rules pertaining to operations in this airspace may be subject to certain criminal penalties.

 What to Bring
Fans are encouraged to bring ONLY necessary items to football games at Michigan Stadium. All subjects and items are subject to search.

Permitted Items

  • Foam seat pads
  • Small non-pocket seat cushions without zippers or storage slots
  • Binoculars -- CASES are not permitted
  • Cell phones and pagers
  • Small cameras (those with a lens shorter than 6 inches) and radios
  • Blankets and rain apparel -- UMBRELLAS are not permitted

Prohibited Items

  • All bags (including purses)
  • All bottles (including all types of water bottles)
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Aerosol and spray cans
  • Animals (except service animals for persons with a disability)
  • Apparel or signage displaying profane or abusive language
  • Containers of any kind (including coolers, thermoses, cups, cans, flasks)
  • Flags and flagpoles
  • Food of any kind
  • Irritants
  • Projectiles (including footballs, Frisbees and beach balls)
  • Seat cushions containing any type of metal or those with pockets, zippers, storage slots, seat backs, arm rests, or attachments of any kind
  • Strollers
  • Video camera, tripods and selfie sticks
  • Umbrellas
  • Weapons


Lisa Barry was a reporter, and host of All Things Considered on 89.1 WEMU.
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