Located on the southwest end of Michigan Stadium (Gate 4) is the American Eagle memorial. The idea of the memorial came when Fielding Yost declined a petition to rename Michigan Stadium in his honor. Sculpted by Birmingham, Michigan artist Marshall Fredericks, the Art Deco sculpture of a bald eagle with a twelve-foot wingspan depositing a wreath to the Michigan dead was built a war memorial to honor the university’s men and women who gave their lives for the country. The cost of the stone base was estimated to be $6,000, while the eagle sculpture was priced at $10,000. The base is engraved with the words:
In memory of the men and women of the University of Michigan who gave their lives for their country— MCMXLVIII
Though the base sculpture was dated 1948, the memorial was not officially dedicated until 1950. Five years later, Fredericks would go on to sculpt one of the most iconic sculptures in the Motor City: The Spirit of Detroit.