University of Michigan officials said the school paid for several messages around the state, not just near East Lansing. (Dale G. Young / The Detroit News)
Michigan's athletic department spent slightly more than originally estimated on skywriting messages during game day on Sept. 14 that included a "Go Blue" that appeared in the skies near rival Michigan State's Spartan Stadium.
According to invoices with Tucson-based Olivers Flying Circus obtained by The Detroit News through the Freedom of Information Act, Michigan paid $6,700 for the estimated 50 skywriting messages that were to canvas southeast Michigan with various University of Michigan slogans.
The invoice was dated July 16, 2013.
Athletic department spokesman Dave Ablauf last month told The News that Michigan "did not target any specific locations". Michigan officials originally said the department spent between $3,000 and $5,000 for the messages.
Of course, the skywriting slogan that captured attention was the "Go Blue" that appeared near Spartan Stadium, about two hours before Michigan State's kickoff against Youngstown State.
Suzanne Asbury-Oliver, who operates Olivers Flying Circus, also told The News last month that Michigan requested one of the skywriting messages appear in Lansing but was not more specific and did not mention Spartan Stadium.
In response to the "Go Blue" at Spartan Stadium, Scott Westerman, executive director of MSU's alumni association, challenged MSU fans to donate to Ann Arbor-based Michigan Ovarian Cancer Alliance. His wife is a two-time survivor. More than $30,000 has been raised.