President Barack Obama's campus visit

President Barack Obama is scheduled to deliver remarks at the U-M Ann Arbor campus on Friday, Jan. 27.

Those attending the president's event are encouraged to arrive at the Al Glick Field House at 7 a.m. Please expect long lines. All attendees will go through airport-like security. No entrance to the field house will be allowed after 9 a.m.

Attendees cannot enter the Al Glick Field House from State St. The only way to enter the field house is from the SC7 parking lot security checkpoint, located next to Campus Safety Services Building (directly east of Crisler Arena).

Watch the speech in a live webstream beginning at 9:30 a.m. Friday at:

The university will open several campus venues for those who do not have tickets by who want to gather with others to watch the speech live. Click here for details.


For security reasons, do not bring bags of any sort (including purses), liquids, food, chairs or umbrellas. Please limit personal items. No signs or banners permitted. Cameras are permitted.


See map for event parking and vehicle routing information.


The event is free and open to the public, although tickets will be required.

This is a standing-only event.

Tickets will be limited to one per person and will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 9 a.m. Thursday at the Michigan Union Ticket Office. UPDATE: As of 1:05 pm today, all available tickets have been distributed.

Tickets are not for sale or re-sale. Parking is limited for the event and attendees are encouraged to walk.


If you are a person with a disability who uses a wheelchair/scooter, has a mobility impairment or needs a sign language interpreter, please ask for additional information as you pick up your ticket. We encourage guests to use public transportation. Accessible parking is first come, first serve basis and very limited.


All U-M bus routes will operate according to their regular schedules, with earlier starting times on the following routes:

  • Bursley-Baits - Southbound service will commence at 6:40 a.m. from Baits housing. Plan to transfer to the Commuter South at the Central Campus Transit Center (CCTC).
  • Northwood Express - Southbound service will commence at 6:35 a.m. from the fire station. Plan to transfer to the Commuter South at the Central Campus Transit Center (CCTC).
  • Commuter South - Additional Commuter South buses will be departing from CCTC, beginning at 6:30 a.m., for service to the Al Glick Field House. Note: Do not de-board until the final stop along this route - at the Crisler Center.

The Ann Arbor Transit Authority will be changing some bus routes (#6 and #36) to accommodate the changes in traffic flow. For details please visit AATA’s site at


Parking pass requirements for lots near the Crisler Center will be adjusted temporarily prior to, and during, Friday's event.

Event Only: VIP, Media, Accessible Parking
SC7 - Orange lot east of Kipke Drive - This lot will be closed to regular permit holders as of 2:00 a.m., early Friday. The lot will be restricted to VIP, media personnel and persons requiring accessible parking (with event ticket and state-issued placard or license plate). Regular orange permit operations will resume at 10:30 a.m.

Alternative parking options for staff who otherwise would park in SC7:

Yellow & Orange Permits
SC4, SC5 - Yellow lots on Kipke
SC6 - Orange lot West of Kipke
SC35 - Yellow Lot on Keech
Lots will be open for either yellow or orange permit holders.

Staff Parking (With or Without Permits)
SC2 - Blue lot between Keech and Hoover streets
SC32 - Visitor lot on Greene Street
SC36 - Orange lot at Keech and Main streets

For public event attendees, there will be approximately 100 free parking spaces in the south lane of Stadium Blvd., between Main St. & the Ann Arbor Golf & Outing entrance. Parking attendants will be there to assist in that parking. Parkers will be required to have an event ticket. Staff parkers may not use this space; parking will be removed at the end of the event.


Beginning at 5 a.m. and lasting until noon, South State Street will be closed to all pedestrian and vehicular traffic from East Hoover Avenue to Stimson Street.

South Campus parking lot SC7 will be closed to parking beginning at 2:00 a.m. and will be limited to event attendees on an official list. Parking in all other South Campus Commuter lots will be open to permit parkers.

Uniformed police officers will be on site during the event and will aid in maintaining efficient vehicle and pedestrian traffic flow.

See map for event parking and vehicle routing information.

** For more information regarding previous presidential visits to campus, please visit: Hail! to the Chief Web site.