Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Monday, August 22, 2011

U-M seeking 350 volunteers for night game with Notre Dame

The Athletic Department and the Division of Student Affairs are seeking 350 volunteers to serve as “community ambassadors” on game day for the first night football game at Michigan Stadium on Sept. 10.

The ambassador program will provide community volunteers an opportunity to enhance the fan experience leading up to kickoff. Volunteers will positioned around town and in close proximity to the stadium.

"We hope U-M and Ann Arbor community members will volunteer to be part of an amazing opportunity to share in creating a night to remember," says Greg Harden, associate athletic director.

Responsibilities will range from providing helpful information to get around town to arranging assistance for a fan’s special needs. Volunteers will wear distinctive ambassador shirts and need access to a cell phone.

Volunteers also will provide an extra set of eyes and ears to report health and safety concerns.

“The university and the community are jointly committed to making sure each and every fan has a safe, fun and memorable experience for the first night game at Michigan Stadium,” Harden says. “The community ambassadors will assist in this goal by serving as friendly representatives available to meet fan needs.”

Mayor John Hieftje also voiced support for the community ambassadors.

“This particular matchup always brings a larger crowd than usual, and paired with the first night game, we can expect an even bigger crowd. The community ambassadors will provide that extra help needed to keep the crowd moving smoothly in areas that are sure to get congested.”

Volunteers will be scheduled in pairs for a four-hour shift between the hours of noon and 1 a.m.

In order to be considered for the position, volunteers must be at least 18 years of age, participate in a two-hour training session and have a personal cell phone for use on game day.

To apply as a community ambassador, please send an email to