There has been speculation about the future of Ferry Field ever since the University of Michigan athletic department in 2012 released renderings of South Campus renovations that included a parking lot on the site of the historic track and field facility.
While a parking lot was never built there — and UM has said there are no plans to do so in the future — Ferry Field will be used for something other track this fall.
The UM athletic department has partnered with Tailgate Guys to create a premium “turnkey” tailgating experience for Wolverine football fans on Ferry Field.
Ferry Field is just east of Michigan Stadium, right next to Yost Ice Arena and Ray Fisher Stadium, home of the UM baseball team.
Michigan describes the Ferry Field tailgating in a press release:
“This new tailgate community will offer a variety of premium, turnkey tailgate options and an ability to host groups as small as five guests all the way up to large-scale offerings for 1,000-plus guests complete with catering, high-peak tents, tables with linens, media packages and more.”
There are four UM tailgate packages, ranging in price from $1,630 for 10-20 fans for a full season, to $9,015 for up to 60 people. Single-game options also are available, and price varies depending on the quality of the opponent.
Ferry Field opened in 1906, and until Michigan Stadium was completed in 1927 it was the home of UM’s football team.
Jesse Owens, competing for Ohio State, placed Ferry Field in the history books forever by setting three world records and tying a fourth in one day of the 1935 Big Ten track championships. A plaque marks Owens’ accomplishment at Ferry Field.