Football became a varsity sport at Michigan State University in 1896. The Spartan football program saw its heyday in the 1950's and ‘60s when it was known as “the football factory” under the coaching leadership of Biggie Munn and Duffy Daugherty. The team would win national titles in 1952, 1965, and 1966. Two games stand out in Spartans history. First the “Game of the Century” in 1966 between MSU and Notre Dame, where the teams would tie and share a national championship. Much later in 2006, the Spartans played their annual rivalry game against Northwestern. Michigan State would trail 38-3 in the 3rd quarter and go on to score 38 unanswered points to win the game 41-38, the largest comeback in NCAA history. Score with TicketCity - the place to go for Michigan State Spartans football tickets.
2015 Michigan State Season Preview
2013 was a staple year for Sparty. Michigan State finished the season undefeated in the Big 10, and beat a very good Stanford team to win the Spartans first Rose Bowl since 1988. The Spartans lost a large amount of talent to the NFL including quarterback Andre Maxwell, linebackers Denicos Allen, and Max Bullough, and offensive lineman Blake Treadwell and Dan France. Despite all of these departures, the defense looks to be as solid as ever with senior middle linebacker Taiwan Jones and senior free-safety Kurtis Drummond leading the way. Look for Mark Dantonio and company to continue to be one of the toughest teams in the Big 10. A week 2 trip to Eugene to take on Oregon will be one of the top games of the early college football season. Sparty will likely be in the running for another Big 10 championship, and 3 games to look forward to are against Nebraska, Ohio State, and at Penn State to finish the season.
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Michigan State Spartans Football at Spartan Stadium Address: 325 W Shaw Ln, East Lansing, Michigan, 48824
The Spartans play their home games at Spartan Stadium on Michigan State's campus in East Lansing, Michigan. Visitors to a Spartans game at MSU can take part in one of the largest tailgate parties in America. Entering the stadium, fans are awed by the 2005 stadium expansion, which includes “the Grand Entrance” of marble, glass walls, and high ceilings; an enormous luxury concourse; state of the art lounge; and 800 club seats. The Michigan State Spartans home bench is on the Spartan Stadium sideline with sections 20-27. Spartan Stadium parking information is covered in our Spartans event guide.
Michigan State vs. Michigan
Michigan State trails the Wolverines in the all-time record in the battle for the Paul Bunyan Trophy. Outside of WWII, these two have played each other every year since 1910 and has included a ranked team in 28 of the last 30 contests (the Wolverines, usually). MSU had a surprising four-year winning streak snapped in a 12-10 Michigan win in 2012.
Michigan State vs. Penn State
The battle for the Land Grant Trophy has been an even one over the years, and has included a team ranked in the top 10 in the country nine times. This has been quite the offensive affair since the reintroduction of the game in 1993, with the winning team scoring over 40 points almost ten times. Watch for this rivalry to grow over the upcoming years.
Michigan State in the BCS Championship, Bowl Games, and Big Ten Championship
When traveling to East Lansing to take on the football Spartans opponents better be prepared for the 75,000 plus screaming green fans waiting for them. The Michigan State Spartans have been extremely successful in advancing to post season play making it to more than 20 bowl games in their school history. A past that includes about a half dozen Big Ten Conference Championships is something the Spartans are very proud of, and they will look to add to that number in the coming years. Ticketcity offers tickets to all college football bowl games and the Big 10 Conference Championship Game.
Michigan State Event Guide
What are the best stadium concessions at Spartan Stadium?
Michigan State offers a wide assortment of concession foods including tacos, pizza, brats, Italian sausages and BBQ sandwiches. Visit the Turkey Man stand for a great pork chop sandwich or the Spartanville stand for a local brat.
Does my child need a ticket to attend a Michigan State home football game?
Yes, all fans regardless of age are required to have a ticket to enter Spartan Stadium.
Who is the most famous Michigan State football alumnus?
The Spartans have been playing college football since 1896 so their roster of notable players is extensive. The top of that list includes Duffy Daugherty (Coach), John Hannah, George Webster, Clarence Biggie Munn (Coach), Bubba Smith, Brad Van Pelt, Percy Snow, Larry Bethea, Lorenzo White and Charles Rogers.