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Michigan State football to allow 6,000 fans to spectate annual Spring Game

April 17, 2021
<p>Sparty and the MSU football team run on the field prior to the Green and White Spring Game on April 25, 2015, at Spartan Stadium. The white team defeated the green team, 9-3.</p>

Sparty and the MSU football team run on the field prior to the Green and White Spring Game on April 25, 2015, at Spartan Stadium. The white team defeated the green team, 9-3.

Photo by Hannah Levy | The State News

Michigan State Football will have fans in Spartan Stadium for the first time since the 2019 season as they will allow 6,000 fans, 500 of which will be students, to spectate its annual Spring Football Game on April 24 at 2 p.m.

In addition to its 6,000 fans, the Spartans will be bringing in the marching band as well as the cheerleaders, approximately another 300 people according to the release. This will put Spartan Stadium at about 11% capacity as only the lower bowl seating will be utilized for the event.

Fans will be able to begin claiming tickets on April 20 for those who are Spartan Fund Members in the top three donor levels. On April 21, tickets will be available to fall fans beginning at 8 a.m. as well as 500 tickets available to only students.

“We are excited to be able to welcome a limited number of fans, including for the first time all year, the general public, to Spartan Stadium,” Michigan State Athletic Director Bill Beekman said in the release. “There’s a buzz building around the Spartan football program and I know our student-athletes and coaches will love to have fans in attendance, with many more tuning in on television and radio. I’d also like to thank our staff who has worked diligently to put together a plan that complies with all of the MDHHS requirements to make this event accessible to our fans.”

Fans will be required to wear a mask when they arrive on campus as well as complete a health screening form within 24 hours prior to their arrival. Tailgating for this event will not be permitted.

As for the game itself, the Spring Game will be split into 10 to 15 practice periods featuring individual, group and scrimmage drills for fans to be able to watch. The game will also be broadcasted on BTN, and it will be a good chance for the Spartans to get a better look at what their depth chart and roster will look like this upcoming fall.

“We’re looking forward to having our Spartan fans watch us live in Spartan Stadium,” Michigan State Head Coach Mel Tucker said in the release. “Our fans are hungry for football. We want to engage our fans and we understand that they are a vital part of our program. It’s a positive first step in connecting with our community and giving them a chance to see what our program is all about. To be able to take the field with the band playing ‘Victory for MSU’ and fans cheering will be a great way to complete spring practice.”

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