Spectators at Wolverine events can enjoy watching in some of the finest facilities in college athletics. Michigan Stadium, the largest venue in college sports, plays host to crowds of 100,000+ every home football Saturday. The recently renovated Crisler Center and Yost Ice Arena are two state-of-the art facilities for fans to watch basketball and ice hockey. There is a charge for some varsity sporting events but there are also many that offer free admission. Information about tickets, athletic facilities, and the varsity teams can be found on MGoBlue.com.
The 2015-16 season was another successful one for Michigan Athletics that saw the return to prominence for its football team, three individual NCAA Champions, eight team conference championships, a National Player of the Year, eight conference athletes of the year, two Elite 90 award winners, eight Academic All-Americans, 66 Big Ten Distinguished Scholars and 277 Academic All-Big Ten selections. Also, the cheer team claimed its fourth straight NCA national title.
This success also spilled over into the classroom for U-M student-athletes. Eight individuals earned CoSIDA Academic All-America honors. Two individuals were recognized for having the highest GPA at the NCAA Championships, including Danielle Johnson of water polo and Kinsey Vear of rowing. Among the 66 Big Ten Distinguished Scholars was Shannon Scavelli of field hockey, who also earned the Big Ten Medal of Honor along with Mason Ferlic. This past year, there were more Big Ten Distinguished Scholars and Academic All-Big Ten selections than ever before in U-M history.
In the community, student-athletes were involved in many volunteer opportunities. Weekly visits to C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital were the highlight of the philanthropic endeavors for student athletes. Other events such as the Readers and Best program and Victors Day helped in the department’s community outreach.