2017 Alumni Territory Season Kickoff Tour and Tailgate

Michigan is opening its 2017 football season in the AdvoCare Classic against Florida on Sept. 2. The Wolverines will take on the Gators at AT&T Stadium — the home of the Dallas Cowboys — in Arlington, Texas (start time is to be determined). From travel tours to tailgates, the Alumni Association has you covered.

Tour Options

You won’t want to miss this one-of-a-kind Michigan experience and the camaraderie that comes with it. From the hotel to the tailgate to the game, we have every accommodation taken care of so you can focus on cheering on our Wolverines.

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Champions Tour: Thursday, Aug. 31 – Sunday, Sept. 3

  • Three nights’ accommodations at Omni Fort Worth Hotel
  • Daily breakfast
  • Welcome Reception
  • Complete game-day package:
    • Escorted deluxe motor coach transfer to and from the pre-game tailgate and game
    • Game ticket in the 300-level club section along the Michigan Sideline (Approximate View
    • Fun-filled pre-game tailgate party
  • Custom Alumni Association souvenir package
  • Document packet, official tour name badge, and lanyard
  • Alumni Association hosts and escorts
  • Dedicated alumni information and hospitality desk at the hotel

Prices (per person)

  • Single – $2,159
  • Double – $1,799
  • Triple – $1,719
  • Quad – $1,669
  • Child (2-17) – $899

At least one participant in your tour party must be a member of the Alumni Association. If you are not currently a member, you will have the opportunity to join while registering for the tour.

Please note that airfare is not included in the tour price. Due to an abundance of low-cost flights and the high cost of charter air, we will not be offering air-inclusive tours. However, two flights are available as optional add-ons during the checkout process, both of which include transfer to and from DFW Airport.

American Airlines – Option A

  • AA#1260, Aug. 31 – DTW to DFW, 11:30 a.m. – 1:23 p.m.
  • AA#2747, Sept. 3 – DFW to DTW, 12:50 p.m. – 4:39 p.m.

American Airlines – Option B

  • AA#1557, Aug. 31 – DTW to DFW, 3:25 p.m. – 5:23 p.m.
  • AA#2469, Sept. 3 – DFW to DTW, 2:25 p.m. – 6:14 p.m.

If you’d like to book a different flight, Conlin Athletic Tours would be more than happy to assist with making your reservations. Call them at 877.513.2320.

Omni Fort Worth Hotel

A stunning blend of native building materials and ultra-modern glass, Omni Fort Worth Hotel represents progressive luxury and offers amenities illustrating the Western spirit embodied by the city that surrounds it. Whether you visit for business or leisure, and whether you seek an exciting nightlife or spend your days in the city’s world-class museums, Omni Fort Worth Hotel provides the ideal retreat in one of America’s most exciting cities.

As breathtaking as any West Texas sunset, Omni Fort Worth Hotel offers a taste of Texas hospitality. Conveniently located in the heart of Fort Worth’s exciting downtown, the hotel is adjacent to the Fort Worth Convention Center and within walking distance from the city’s cultural centers, restaurants, and nightlife. Retreat to your luxurious guest room accommodations for a restful night’s sleep after you explore Fort Worth. Meeting and event planners will remember the luxury hotel for its open and inviting spaces, its casual yet sophisticated style, and a personality that’s as gracious and dynamic as Fort Worth itself.

AT&T STADIUM TOUR

AT&T Stadium is more than the home of the Dallas Cowboys, it’s a world of facts and figures about the world’s largest domed structure, an art museum, a classroom. The things you can do inside AT&T Stadium are endless, and with AT&T Stadium Tours, you can experience them all.

The most knowledgeable and experienced tour guides meet you in the Pro Shop to lead your VIP Guided Tour. Beginning at the Main Club, your tour stops include a private suite, the print media press box, the Cotton Bowl office vestibule, and the Dr. Pepper Star Bar or the Ford Motor Company Fountain. After you’ve seen these areas, your guide will take you down to the event level where you’ll see all of the stops on the Self-Guided Tours, including the field, the Miller Lite Club, the post-game interview room and both the Cowboys locker room and the Cheerleaders locker room.

SIXTH FLOOR MUSEUM TOUR

The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza chronicles the assassination and legacy of President John F. Kennedy, interprets the Dealey Plaza National Historic Landmark District and the John F. Kennedy Memorial Plaza, and presents contemporary culture within the context of presidential history. The permanent exhibition examines the life, death, and legacy of President John F. Kennedy. Films, historic footage, and hundreds of photographs and artifacts chronicle Kennedy’s 1960 presidential campaign and his influence on current events. The sniper’s perch and storage space where a rifle was found remain preserved as they appeared on that fateful day. Also on display are cameras that captured Kennedy’s motorcade on film, a scale model of Dealey Plaza created by the FBI for the Warren Commission investigation, and much more. The tour will continue with the plaza, located on Houston Street between Elm and Commerce.

Dealey Plaza was built in the 1930s and was named for civic leader George Bannerman Dealey. In 1993, it was designated a National Historic Landmark District. A well-known feature of the plaza is the grassy knoll, which rises from the north side of Elm Street.

Perhaps the most emotional stop on the tour will be the JFK memorial, located on Market Street between Main and Commerce. Dedicated in 1970, it was designed by Philip Johnson as a cenotaph, or “open tomb,” to symbolize the freedom of President Kennedy’s spirit. The memorial’s simple architecture – a square, roofless room – allows visitors to, in the words of the architect, “find their own meaning.”

Guests will also see many more landmarks during the remaining driving portion of the tour. Among these stops are: Parkland Hospital, where President Kennedy was rushed immediately after the shooting, the Laurel Land Cemetery, and the Texas Theater. Other stops include the police station where Lee Harvey Oswald was shot by Jack Ruby and the Trade Mart, which was Kennedy’s original destination on that infamous day.

Choosing the Official Tour

What are the benefits of joining a tour?

Joining a tour conducted by a professional tour operator offers convenience, reputation and peace-of-mind, so the focus can be on enjoying yourself and cheering on your team. Since 1964, Conlin Athletic Tours has taken over 100,000 fans to almost every bowl game. That means we know all the best airlines, hotels, event sites, and activities to make your tour experience the most enjoyable and memorable possible.

Why should I join the Official Tour?

In joining the Official Tour, you can be assured of a quality travel experience with a tour operator that has been researched and endorsed by the University and the Alumni Association. This means a worry-free experience for all travelers knowing that every aspect of the tour is being carried out by a professional and experienced tour operator.

Isn't it less expensive to go on my own?

People often assume that organized tours are more expensive; this is not always true. Tours offer an inclusive program with multiple features, such as transfers, the official tailgate party, souvenirs, receptions, gratuities, taxes, staffing, and quality organization of all tour aspects. Organized transfers alone, between events, make your investment worthwhile. No need to search for parking in remote areas or having to depend upon public transportation. Inclusive tours offer a great buy due to large group discount pricing. And, don’t forget the fun and memories that go along with sharing your tour experience with other alumni and loyal fans!

What makes your tour better than other less expensive tours?

One of the primary reasons we were selected as the Official Tour Operator is our dedication to providing travelers with the best tour experience for the money. We work with vendors year-round to maintain relationships that make the difference between receiving the best price and quality for our travelers and simply reserving whatever hotels and flights are available. Upon close comparison, you will find that our tours offer more of the inclusions that are important and desirable to our travelers, including staying at the team hotel, welcome reception, souvenir, New Year’s Eve party (if appropriate), pre-game tailgate, transfers, all taxes, and gratuities, as well as interesting optional tours.

It's my first time on a tour; what should I expect?

For many travelers, a professionally escorted tour is the best way to experience a unique and exciting event such as a bowl game. A properly planned tour will provide the details, assurances, and framework necessary to allow the tour participant to maximize enjoyment of the overall experience. With the right combination of included items and free time, most people find a tour to be the best way to attend a game. However, tours are not for everyone. Although we care about each individual participant, we also care for the group as a whole. If your schedule deems it necessary to deviate from the group, then you may want to consider traveling independently.

General Tour Questions

What is included in the tour price?

All items listed under the Tour Options section of the tour are included in the tour price. Optional tours, transportation between your home and the airport, and any items of a personal nature, such as in-room charges and laundry, are not included in the tour. Conlin Athletic Tours reserves the right to substitute hotels of similar quality and other included features when necessary.

What defines a "child" traveler?

Participants ages 2-17 are defined as “children.” Children must share a room with at least one adult. Two adults rooming with two children would pay the double rate for the adults and the child’s price for the children. One adult sharing with one or more children would pay the single adult rate and the child’s price for the children.

What defines an "infant"?

Any child under 2 years of age is defined as an “infant.” There is no charge for infants on the tour. Under these terms, they cannot occupy a seat on the plane, or any other form of conveyance—they must be held on the lap of an adult. A game ticket is required for a child of any age.

Can I make special requests?

We will make every attempt to accommodate special requests; however, please understand, they cannot be guaranteed.

What if I want two beds in my room?

Every effort will be made to accommodate room-type requests; however, they cannot be guaranteed. Hotels have a limited number of double-bedded rooms.

Can you guarantee my requested hotel?

Again, we work very hard to accommodate any specific hotel request; however, we reserve the right to substitute similar-type properties if the situation warrants. Just a reminder: all of our hotels are Official Tour Hotels and are the best tour hotels available.

Can I earn reward points at the tour hotel?

Point programs vary throughout the hotel industry. It is best to research your program for complete information.

When is hotel check-in?

Check-in time usually begins at 3 p.m.

What if I want to check in early or check out late?

This can be requested, but not guaranteed.

Why are my game seats always in the end zone?

This is one of the most common questions on the tour. Corporate sponsors and television companies are in possession of the majority of the “good” tickets. Conlin Athletic Tours receives game tickets from the university’s athletic department.

What's the best way to purchase my game tickets?

If not included in the tour, game tickets may be secured directly through the university’s athletic department.

In partnership with Conlin Athletic Tours

Conlin Athletic Tours has one important goal: to be the best there is in athletic tours, offering the exceptional quality reflective of your high standards. The Alumni Association of the University of Michigan is proud to partner with Conlin Athletic Tours as the exclusive University of Michigan Alumni Athletic Tour Operator.

For more information or to book your tour via phone, please call Conlin Athletic Tours at 877.513.2320.

Season Kickoff Game-day Packages

Game-day packages are designed for members of the Alumni Association who live in Texas. Game-day packages include:

  • Michigan vs. Florida game ticket
  • Alumni Territory Season Kickoff Tailgate ticket

GAME-DAY PACKAGE TICKETS WILL GO ON SALE IN MARCH.

Alumni Territory Season Kickoff Tailgate

Be sure to join us for the Alumni Territory Season Kickoff Tailgate. As always, this year’s event will include tons of spirited entertainment, appearances by numerous University officials, games, and a host of fun for Wolverines, families, and fans of all ages.

Event Info

Tailgate Features

  • Buffet meal
  • Hosted bar (beer and wine)
  • DJ
  • Photo booth & face-painting
  • Giveaways
  • Tailgate games
  • Appearance by the Michigan Marching Band and Cheer Team
  • Available parking at an additional cost
  • And more…

*Subject to change

TAILGATE TICKETS WILL GO ON SALE IN MARCH.