As Spartans fall, student section retreats
Members of the student section leave during a game against Iowa on Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012 at Spartan Stadium. Many people in the student section left after halftime. Julia Nagy/The State News
After a late night out, a slow start on Saturday morning and noticing the dismal weather, elementary education junior Ali Scott still was determined to go to the MSU Homecoming game.
But after a simple walk to her bus stop left her completely soaked, Scott thought better of her decision and went back home hoping to watch the game in more comfortable conditions.
Scott was one of many who bought a student section tickets but did not attend MSU’s Homecoming game, resulting in a sparse crowd that barely filled more than half of the lower part of the student section.
“I think it was just due to the weather,” Scott said.
However, Scott said it was possible Saturday’s poor turnout was more than the result of poor weather, citing the MSU football team’s recent losses as a possible factor.
Exact attendance numbers could not be confirmed through the athletic department Sunday.
Days before the game, students desperate to sell their tickets overloaded social media and websites, such as allmsu.com, continuously lowering their prices.
“Frustration and defeat affected (the student section),” general management junior Marc Colcer said. “We just have high expectations for our football team and I don’t think that’s necessarily a bad thing … We should strive for greatness.”
But despite the student section’s seeming lack of support and recent criticism for its use of vulgar chants, Colcer said the student section still has had a positive impact this season.
Colcer and premedical sophomore Desiree Clenney sold more than 800 pink T-shirts to raise both money and awareness for breast cancer.
Although the crowd was hardly the sea of pink Colcer was hoping for, he said he knows the student section made an effort to help his campaign to raise money for Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation.
“We raised over $4,000 in less than a week,” Colcer said. “I don’t think that could be considered anything but a success.”
Some students, like engineering sophomore Shannon Pinner, are disappointed by the lack of spirit student ticket holders have showed the team during home games.
“The student section has been kind of harsh this year,” Pinner said. “Just because our team isn’t doing as well this season compared to past seasons, doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t support our team.”
Although MSU football’s struggles to live up to the hopes of a great season might have put a damper on the spirits of fans, students and MSU icons alike are hoping Spartan fans will continue to support the football team.
MSU basketball head coach Tom Izzo addressed the MSU football team’s struggles at Friday night’s Midnight Madness, asking students not to “give up on them.”