Flint-area school to enjoy prom at the Big House

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 11, 2014 at 12:58 am •  Published: May 11, 2014

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — This year's junior-senior prom for students at Durand High School will be one to remember — for more than one reason.

Not only is it prom, but it's being held at the Big House in Ann Arbor.

"This is very exciting," 18-year-old senior Justin Quagliata said Saturday afternoon as he and his classmates took the same field trod by legendary coach Bo Schembechler, Heisman Trophy winners Desmond Howard and Charles Woodson and other college football greats.

"I've watched football games here on TV, but I've never been to the Big House. This is something new for me."

The group will take photos on the field, visit the locker rooms and have their dancing and dinner in the Jack Roth Stadium Club until midnight.

The Flint-area school's annual dance is the first prom hosted by the 100,000-plus-seat football venue. Dexter High School's prom will be held there next Saturday.

It's part of an effort to use Michigan Stadium more during its typical offseason. The stadium has hosted the NHL and is welcoming world soccer powerhouses Manchester United and Real Madrid this summer. It's also available for weddings and other events.

Spartan Stadium in East Lansing, the home of in-state rival Michigan State, has been available for high school proms since 2007.

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