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Michigan Athletics announces plan for events, ticket refunds in response to COVID-19

The Big House 5K and open spring practice have been cancelled.

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Michigan Athletics put out a statement on Wednesday evening detailing its plan for dealing with the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak as other organizations roll out what they will be doing.

Earlier today, president Mark Schlissel announced the cancellation of events of more than 100 people and changes to the course schedule through April 21.

Here are the full details from Ann Arbor:

Competitions and Tickets

All U-M home competitions will be played as scheduled with only student-athletes, coaches, officials, essential personnel and a limit of two family members per participant in attendance. Credentialed media and broadcast partners will be accommodated at games and encouraged to utilize social distancing.

All single-game ticket purchases will be refunded by the ticket office on a rolling basis. The ticket office will be contacting all accounts that purchased tickets once refunds are processed.

All season ticket holders will receive a partial refund for all impacted games at the end of the season.

We are working with the NCAA regarding the status of the Men’s Gymnastics Championships scheduled for Crisler Center April 17 and 18.

We are working with the Collegiate Water Polo Association regarding the status of the women’s CWPA Championship scheduled for Canham Natatorium April 24-26.

Additional information regarding the status of these championship will be available at a later date.


All third-party competitions or events scheduled to take place on/in U-M athletic facilities through April 21 are canceled. We will work proactively with all groups on refunds. Outside events scheduled after April 21 will be addressed on a case-by-case basis or until further guidance is available.

The annual Big House 5K Presented by Toyota, scheduled for April 19, has been canceled.

The U-M football open spring practice, scheduled for April 18, has been canceled.


Essential travel for teams, coaches and staff related to competition will be addressed on a case-by-case basis.


Practices for all teams will take place as scheduled, without the presence of any non-essential personnel (parents, recruits, friends, alumni, scouts, etc.).

Non-championship season competitions will not take place (volleyball, field hockey, men’s and women’s soccer).


For the health and safety of all involved, Michigan will not be allowing coaches to conduct off-campus recruiting activities or host recruits on official or unofficial campus visits during this time period.

Michigan says it will adhere to the guidance of local and state health officials. This story is developing.