After one of the best seasons in Michigan State Football history, the 2014 Spartans are getting right back at it. With the 2014 MSU Football Spring game at Spartan Stadium set to kick off Saturday, April 26th at 2:00 pm, here is what Spartan fans need to know about the game:
Weather looks great
The current weather forecast for game time Saturday is 51° with partly sunny skies and 0% chance of rain.
Admission is free
Yes it’s free, as in zero dollars and zero cents. Parking is free too (in Lots 79, 62W, 67, 56, 39/40, 41; Ramps 2 and 5; Lot 62E has been reserved for disabled parking).
According to an MSU press release: Gates will open at 12:30 p.m ET, as the first 30,000 fans to show up for the game will receive a commemorative poster of the 2013 season, featuring infographics that highlight each of MSU’s 13 victories as well as the team’s top individual award winners from last season.
Kids turn to play
Per usual, prior to the spring game, MSU Football coaches and players will lead a free youth football clinic, intended for children ages 8-12. The clinic will take place from 10:00 until 11:30 a.m on the grass practice fields behind the Duffy Daugherty Football Building, located on the corner of Chestnut Road and Shaw Lane. Children and their parents are asked to access the fields through the gate entrance off Shaw Lane.
According to MSU athletics, over the past 11 years, nearly 6,200 children have participated in the clinic that is meant to introduce the game to the youngsters by stressing fundamentals. No football gear is required and each participant will receive Country Fresh ice cream as well as a coupon for a free hot dog and soft drink at a concession stand inside Spartan Stadium during the game.
Get your picture with the trophies
From 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m., fans will have an opportunity to take photos with Michigan State’s 2013 Legends Division Championship, Big Ten Championship and 2014 Rose Bowl Championship trophies, which will be on display near the southwest ramp of Spartan Stadium, adjacent to Gate C.
Watch on TV
For those unable to attend the game, it will be televised live on the Big Ten Network. Also, for the second year in a row, former MSU Football quarterback and current Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins will serve as the color commentator for the game along side Kevin Kugler in the booth and Lisa Byington on the sidelines.
Sit in the Press Box
Fans will have the option to purchase press box seats and view the game from the same area the media cover the games from. Only 100 seats will be available, priced at $75 a piece. Proceeds from the sale of the press box seats will go towards the George Webster Scholarship Fund. Click here to purchase press box seats by Friday, April 25.
Honor the 2014 Rose Bowl Champions
Michigan State’s 2013 team won a school-record 13 games, including the Big Ten Championship and 2014 Rose Bowl Games, and ranked No. 3 in the final polls. They will be honored for these accomplishments at halftime of the spring game.
The Spartan Bookstore clearance sale
The Spartan Bookstore will conduct its annual clearance sale in the Sideline Shop inside the south end of the stadium, featuring merchandise and apparel from Spartan Spirit (MSU Union), Kellogg Center Gift Shop and the MSU Golf Pro Shop and, of course, the Spartan Bookstore. The Sideline Shop will open at 10 a.m and apparel and merchandise will be discounted up to 50 percent.
Still, no bags or purses allowed
No bags or purses are allowed inside Spartan Stadium, including no backpacks, purses of any size, camera cases, binocular cases, wallets not stored in pockets, bags, diaper bags, and seat cushions with pockets that are used for storage. MSU says that if any of these bags are attached to a person’s waist or wrist, they still are not allowed in the stadium.
If you have a true medical need that requires you to bring medical items into the Stadium in a bag, you will be directed to Gate C where those bags will be searched and tagged by an MSU Police Officer. Of course, the officer working that gate has the final determination if that item is a true medical need, so no sneaky stuff allowed.
No open alcohol
Last but not least, remember that the “open container” ordinance will be enforced on campus and in parking lots for the spring football game. The “open container” ordinance was adopted by the MSU Board of Trustees and bans open containers of alcohol on campus and in all public areas of campus buildings.