Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Spartan Football anticipates the return of fans to games

September 2, 2021
<p>The Michigan State football team invited fans to Spartan Stadium on Monday, Aug. 24, for their annual &quot;Meet the Spartans&quot; event. </p>

The Michigan State football team invited fans to Spartan Stadium on Monday, Aug. 24, for their annual "Meet the Spartans" event.

Photo by Chloe Trofatter | The State News

After a year-long absence, fans are set to return to Spartan Stadium for the first time since the 2019 season. The players, who have grown used to the deafening silence of playing football in the era of COVID-19, are ready to welcome back Spartan Nation. 

Head Coach Mel Tucker is eager to play in front of a full stadium again. He believes having the fans and spirit squads at games is what makes college football great. 

“They’re excited, and they're ready to go, and that’s definitely going to make a difference for us,” Tucker said.

The players appear just as ready to get full stadiums back. Defensive end Drew Beesley is excited; he believes fans bring a boost of energy in critical situations. It means the world to him that Spartan Nation has the team's back.

Safety Michael Dowell won't be taking the fans for granted after playing a season in an empty stadium. He said there’s definitely some excitement.

“We’re going to go out there and have sixty thousand people in the stadium," Dowell said.

MSU fans can return to Spartan Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 11, for the team’s first home game against Youngstown State. Face coverings are required around the concourse for all those in attendance, and fans are encouraged to bring their Spartan spirit to cheer on the team.

This article was update to more accurately define where masks must be worn in Spartan Stadium.

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