Michigan football stadium cleared due to lightning, game ended

DETROIT Sat Sep 3, 2011 7:24pm EDT

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DETROIT (Reuters) - The University of Michigan's mammoth football stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan, was cleared on Saturday during its season opening game with Western Michigan due to lightning strikes in the area, a spokeswoman said.

"The seating bowl has been evacuated," university spokeswoman Diane Brown said by telephone.

Michigan was leading Western Michigan 34-10 with 1:27 left in the third quarter when play was suspended. The schools later agreed to call the game as a final. The announced attendance was 110,506.

(Reporting by David Bailey; Editing by Jerry Norton)

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