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How to attend sports at Michigan State

August 8, 2019
Junior linebacker Dante Razzano (37) makes adjustments at the line of scrimmage. The green team beat the white team, 42-26, in the MSU Spring football game at Spartan Stadium on April 13, 2019.
Junior linebacker Dante Razzano (37) makes adjustments at the line of scrimmage. The green team beat the white team, 42-26, in the MSU Spring football game at Spartan Stadium on April 13, 2019. —
Photo by Matt Zubik | The State News

College sports are an essential part of life at any Big Ten school, and that’s especially true at Michigan State. MSU is considered by many to have one of the best combinations of football and basketball programs in the entire NCAA.


The Spartan football team is one of the most storied teams in the Big Ten and consistently competes for the conference championship from season to season. MSU reached the College Football Playoff in 2016, and they’re
one of two Big Ten teams to reach that stage in the season, the other being Ohio State University. 

Home football games bring everything that normally happens in East Lansing to a halt. Attending games is a great way to spend Saturdays in the fall. Student tickets for the 2019 season are sold as $183 general admission passes. That $183 also includes the official 2019 football student section shirt. 

Seating at each game is first-come, first serve, and students will camp out outside of the stadium long before the gates open for important games.

Men’s Basketball

The Spartan basketball team has made it to two Final Fours in the past five years, and they’re currently the consensus preseason No. 1 team in the nation. Senior point guard Cassius Winston, senior shooting guard Josh
Langford and forward Xavier Tillman are expected to be key players on this year’s team. 

For those wanting to follow Michigan State basketball, becoming a member of the Izzone, the team’s student section, is a must.

An Izzone membership costs $55 up front and includes an official 2019 Izzone T-shirt. Individual game tickets cost an additional $10 each for members. 

Unfortunately, you probably won’t have the chance to buy lower-bowl Izzone tickets for many of the big games for the upcoming season. However, the Izzone operates on a point-based, multi-tiered ticketing system that awards
students points for attending home MSU basketball games. 

The number of points you have determines which tier you will be in for the next ticket sale, and during ticket sales, higher tiers have the opportunity to buy lower bowl seats first. This system gives access to the best seats in the stadium to the fans who show up to the most games. 

More information on attending games at Michigan State

Admission to every MSU Athletics sports event held on campus besides football, men’s basketball and men’s hockey games are free to attend. 

For additional information on MSU Athletics and answers to frequently asked questions about attending sports events at Michigan State University, visit the Spartan Athletics website.

Things to know about the upcoming Spartan football season:

• The Spartans finished last season 7-6. Coach Mark Dantonio expects to compete for a Big Ten championship this season.

• Players who are expected to have important roles within the team this year are defensive end Kenny Willekes, linebacker Joe Bachie and quarterback Brian Lewerke.

• MSU will play rivals Ohio State University and the University of Michigan on the road this season. The most anticipated home football game for this season will be against Penn State University on October 26.

• Tailgating on campus is restricted and often reserved for alumni season ticket holders. Several on-campus public tailgates open to students exist, but many students and student organizations hold their own tailgates off campus.

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