MSU athletics announces new partnership with Huntington Bank

The MSU athletics department announced an athletic sponsorship Tuesday with Huntington Bank for the next 10 years.

The bank, whose sponsorship will exceed $5 million, will provide significant funding for the $10 million scoreboard renovations that are underway at Spartan Stadium. The project includes an upgraded sound system, a new 5,300-square foot video scoreboard in the south endzone, two additional video boards on the north end along with a 10-foot high LED ribbon video board that stretches the length of that end of the stadium.

“Given the magnitude and the duration of the Huntington sponsorship agreement, it will have a significant positive impact on our entire athletic program,” Athletic Director Mark Hollis said in a statement. “Not only will it benefit our student-athletes, coaches and staff, it will also help to enhance the experience of loyal Spartan fans, who continue to support MSU with unmatched enthusiasm and loyalty.”

All construction and upgrades to the stadium are expected to be completed by mid-August and in time for the season opening football game against Boise State on Aug. 31.

As a result of the sponsorship, Huntington Bank will get recognition on the Spartan Stadium scoreboards, as well as video boards at Breslin Center and Munn Ice Arena. The bank also will have title sponsorship of the Huntington Club and the Huntington Club Suite, each located in the Spartan Stadium tower.

“Michigan State University plays a key role driving the state’s economic progress for not only mid-Michigan but also the entire state,” Huntington Michigan President Jim Dunlap said in a statement. “We are delighted to be partnering with this growing institution and look forward to lighting up the scoreboard at the first home game of the Spartans.”

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