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Wednesday, January 7, 2009
Michigan spring game back to Big House

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg

The renovation of Michigan Stadium won't be completed until August 2010, but the Big House will play host to the football team's annual spring game April 11. 

Construction forced last year's spring game to be moved to nearby Saline High School, but head coach Rich Rodriguez announced Wednesday that the event will be back in the stadium. The Wolverines open spring drills March 14.

"We appreciate the effort of the construction crew to make the facility available to us and we hope that a large crowd will be able to attend," Rodriguez said in a statement. "The opportunity to practice at the stadium and in front of fans is extremely valuable for our players." 

Purdue also announced its spring game, which will be played April 18 at Ross-Ade Stadium. The Black & Gold game culminates Purdue's first spring practice session, which kicks off March 25, under new head coach Danny Hope.