Officials Share Safety Tips Ahead of National Championship Game
Celebrations are in order for the University of Michigan football team, who secured a remarkable victory at the Rose Bowl. While Ann Arbor won’t be the host for the National Championship game on Monday, January 8, the local community is gearing up to rally behind the Wolverines.
To ensure a secure and enjoyable celebration, the city of Ann Arbor is taking proactive measures. Additional personnel from the police, fire, and emergency management departments are on standby. Fire inspectors will be conducting occupancy inspections to avoid overcrowding during the festivities. The city authorities are urging community members to celebrate and watch the game responsibly in light of the Wolverines’ appearance in the CFP National Championship game.
Ann Arbor Interim Police Chief Patrick Maguire assures, “You can expect to see officers and fire marshals together touring the city and keeping people safe,” he said. “We will have officers watching for unsafe drivers, we’ll be on foot in the bar areas making sure everyone is having a great time responsibly, we’ll have extra patrols in the neighborhoods.”
Parking restrictions ahead of Monday’s game.
In addition, the city has announced on-street parking restrictions from 6 a.m. Monday, January 8, until 6 a.m. Tuesday, January 9, in specific downtown areas. These include South University Avenue between East University Avenue and South Forest Avenue, Church Street between South University Avenue and Willard Street, and East Liberty Street between Thompson Street and State Street. Maynard Street between East Liberty and East William streets is also included.
For those unable to attend a watch party in Ann Arbor, the excitement extends to movie theaters across metro Detroit. MJR and Emagine are hosting special events, with tickets priced at $20. MJR locations include Brighton, Sterling Heights, and Southgate. Emagine is offering the same ticket price for showings at various locations, including Royal Oak, Canton, Macomb, Novi, Palladium in Birmingham, Rochester Hills, Saline, Woodhaven, Saginaw, Noblesville (Indiana), and Portage (Indiana).