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Encyclopedia > Spartan Stadium (East Lansing)
Spartan Stadium

Location Red Cedar Rd and Shaw Lane
East Lansing, MI 48824
Broke ground 1923
Opened 1923
Owner Michigan State University
Operator Michigan State University
Surface Natural Grass
Construction cost $16,000,000
Architect Edwyn Bowd (1923 field)
Orlie Munson (1957 stadium)
HNTB Architecture (2004 expansion)
Former names College Field (1923-1935)
Macklin Field (1935-1948)
Macklin Stadium (1948-1956)
Spartan Stadium (1956-present)
Tenants
Michigan State University Spartans (NCAA) (1923-Present)
Capacity
75,005

Spartan Stadium opened in 1923 in East Lansing, Michigan. It is primarily used for football, and is the home field of the Michigan State University Spartans. After the addition of luxury boxes and club seating in 2004-2005, the capacity of the stadium grew from 72,027 to 75,005, making it the Big Ten's fifth largest stadium. It is regarded as one of the loudest stadiums in college football.[citation needed] Its atmosphere has been described by ESPN's Kirk Herbstreit as a "snake pit."[citation needed] Spartan Stadium has been recognized as the 8th most scenic college football venue in the country.[1] Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (2500x1667, 823 KB) Summary A photograph of the facade of Spartan Stadium, which itself is located on the Michigan State University campus in East Lansing, Michigan. ... Michigan State University (MSU) is a co-educational public research university in East Lansing, Michigan USA. Founded in 1855, it was the pioneer land-grant institution and served as a model for future land-grant colleges in the United States under the 1862 Morrill Act. ... Michigan State University (MSU) is a co-educational public research university in East Lansing, Michigan USA. Founded in 1855, it was the pioneer land-grant institution and served as a model for future land-grant colleges in the United States under the 1862 Morrill Act. ... HNTB Corporation (formerly Howard, Needles, Tammen & Bergendoff) is an architecture and engineering firm based in Kansas City, Missouri that built many bridges and professional ball stadiums across the United States and around the world. ... The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA, often pronounced N-C-Double-A or N-C-Two-A ) is a voluntary association of about 1,200 institutions, conferences, organizations and individuals that organizes the athletic programs of many colleges and universities in the United States. ... Location in Michigan Coordinates: , Country United States State Michigan County Ingham & Clinton Counties Incorporation 1907 Government  - Mayor Samir Singh Area  - City  11. ... United States simply as football, is a competitive team sport that is both fast-paced and strategic. ... Michigan State University (MSU) is a co-educational public research university in East Lansing, Michigan USA. Founded in 1855, it was the pioneer land-grant institution and served as a model for future land-grant colleges in the United States under the 1862 Morrill Act. ... The Michigan State Spartans are the athletic teams that represent Michigan State University. ... The Big Ten Conference is the United States oldest Division I college athletic conference. ...

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History

In the early 1920s school officials decided to construct a new stadium to replace Old College Field. The resulting stadium was ready in the fall of 1923 with a capacity of 14,000. Over the years the stadium grew. In 1935 the seating capacity increased to 26,000 and the facility was dedicated as Macklin Field. John Macklin, football coach from 1911-15, put Michigan State football on the map with a 29—-5 record over five seasons with victories over big name programs such as Michigan, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Penn State and Wisconsin. After admittance into the Big Ten in 1948, Michigan State increased stadium capacity to 51,000 and the field was renamed Macklin Stadium. With Spartan football attracting national attention under Clarence "Biggie" Munn and Hugh "Duffy" Daugherty, 9,000 seats were added in 1956. The following season upper decks were added to the east and west sides boosting the capacity to 76,000. That same season Michigan State dropped the name Macklin Stadium in favor of Spartan Stadium.[2] Head Coach Lloyd Carr 13th Year, 113-36 Home Stadium Michigan Stadium Capacity 107,501 - Field Turf Conference Big Ten First Year 1879 Athletic Director William C. Martin Website MGoBlue. ... Head Coach Charlie Weis 2nd Year, 19-6 Home Stadium Notre Dame Stadium Capacity 80,795 - Grass Conference Independent First Year 1887 Athletic Director Dr. Kevin White Website UND.com Team Records All-time Record 821-269-42 (.744) Postseason Bowl Record 13-15 Awards Wire National Titles 8 (11... Head Coach Jim Tressel 7th Year, 62-14 Home Stadium Ohio Stadium Capacity 101,568 - FieldTurf Conference Big Ten First Year 1889 Athletic Director Gene Smith Website OhioStateBuckeyes. ... Head Coach Joe Paterno 42nd Year, 363-121-3 Home Stadium Beaver Stadium Capacity 107,282 - Grass Conference Big Ten First Year 1887 Athletic Director Tim Curley Website GoPSUSports. ... Head Coach Bret Bielema 1st Year, 12-1 Home Stadium Camp Randall Stadium Capacity 80,321 - FieldTurf Conference Big Ten First Year 1889 Athletic Director Barry Alvarez Website UWBadgers. ... Clarence L. Biggie Munn (September 11, 1908 — May 11, 1975) was the football coach for Michigan State University (MSU) from 1947-1953 and has the most successful Spartan football coaching record ever with a winning percentage of . ... Duffy Daugherty on the cover of Time from October 8, 1956 Hugh Duffy Daugherty (born September 8, 1915 in Emeigh, Pennsylvania; died September 25, 1987 in Santa Barbara, California) was the head coach of the Michigan State University Spartans football team from 1954 to 1972, where he compiled a career...


In 1969, TartanTurf replaced the natural grass field and a modern scoreboard was added in 1973. Later in the 1970s Astroturf replaced the TartanTurf. A new modern video scoreboard was added before the 1991 season. Renovations improving sightlines, field security, handicap access and club seats in 1994 reduced Spartan Stadium's capacity to 72,027. New turf was also installed in the summer of 1994. In 1998 Spartan Stadium upgraded their sound system, added a 21' x 27' Mitsubishi Diamond Vision videoboard to the south end and a message board to the north end. Home to one of the top turfgrass research programs in the nation, Michigan State installed a natural grass field in 2002. The most recent expansion was completed in August 2005. A new pressbox, 24 luxury suites, and 862 club seats were constructed on the west side of Spartan Stadium. This addition made Spartan Stadium the tallest building in East Lansing. This article is about artificial grass. ...


Special events

The stadium currently holds the world record for the largest ice hockey crowd in history. On October 6, 2001, a rink was constructed at the center of the stadium for Michigan State's season-opening game against archrival Michigan. Dubbed "The Cold War", 74,554 watched No. 1 nationally ranked Michigan State and No. 4 nationally ranked Michigan skate to a 3-3 tie. Country artist Shannon Brown sang during the second intermission. The game set off a wave of outdoor ice hockey games in large stadiums. Ice hockey, known simply as hockey in areas where it is more common than field hockey, is a team sport played on ice. ... is the 279th day of the year (280th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 2001 Gregorian calendar). ... The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (U of M, U-M or simply Michigan) is a coeducational public research university in the state of Michigan, and one of the foremost universities in the United States. ... The Cold War was the most attended hockey game in history The Cold War was an ice hockey game played between U.S. college rivals Michigan State University and the University of Michigan on Saturday October 6, 2001. ... Shannon Brown (born November 29, 1985, in Maywood, Illinois) is an NBA basketball player currently playing for the Cleveland Cavaliers. ...


The Rolling Stones performed at Spartan Stadium in October 1994 as part of their Voodoo Lounge tour. This article is about the rock band. ... Voodoo Lounge is an album by The Rolling Stones and was released in 1994. ...


Stadium expansion

On September 3rd, 2005 Spartan Stadium unveiled an 8-story, 268,947 square-foot expansion which had been under construction since 2003. At a total cost of $64,000,000 USD the project created: The United States dollar is the official currency of the United States. ...

  • 24 luxury suites
  • 800 club seats
  • The "Grand Entrance" featuring high ceilings, glass walls, marble floors and a new home for the original Sparty statue.
  • 18,000 square foot luxury concourse
  • Office space for the MSU alumni association and Spartan Athletic Office.
  • State of the art recruiting lounge
  • Upgraded stadium wide bathroom and concourse renovations
  • An increase of 3000 seats, bringing the total stadium capacity to 75,005.

The Stadium renovation was done under a joint venture of Clark Construction and Barton Malow Construction Company.


Video: Inside the new expansion


Tailgating

Game days at Spartan Stadium provide opportunity for tailgating. Popular locations include the tennis courts, "the rock", and around the MSU library area on north campus. Open alcohol is permitted on campus during tailgating hours, with the exception of Munn field. The Rock is a boulder on the campus of Michigan State University. ...


Stadium Traditions

Michigan State Spartans Stadium, the South side of the stadium
  • "A beautiful day for football" - as the public address announcer gives the pregame weather report in the stadium, it is always announced to be "a beautiful day for football," no matter how bad the weather is.
  • "The Spartan Walk"-One of college football greatest traditions. On the morning of each home game, the team completes a 10-minute walk from their hotel at the posh Kellogg Center, crossing the Red Cedar River, passing the famed Spartan Statue and finally into the stadium. The sidewalks are lined with fans applauding and cheering "Go Green, Go White."[3]
  • "Thunderstruck" - the team enters the field with AC/DC's "Thunderstruck" as the large television screen plays a special video.
  • 3rd quarter cheer - performed by the Spartan Marching Band Drumline in the southeast endzone between the third and fourth quarters.
  • "Rowing" - after a touchdown students place their hands on the student shoulder in front of them and rock back and fourth producing a "wave like" effect.
  • Zeke the Wonder Dog - Zeke is a Frisbee catching dog that is part of the half-time show. A fan favorite.

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Memorable games

MSU vs UM in 1913
  • 1951 – v. Notre Dame – No. 5 ranked Michigan State blanks No. 11 ranked Notre Dame 35-0 before a national audience on NBC. The dominant victory propels Spartan football into the national spotlight.
  • 1953 – v. Michigan – Michigan State defeats Michigan for the first time in Spartan Stadium history 14-6 earning MSU a co-Big Ten championship and a trip to the Rose Bowl.
  • 1966 – v. Notre Dame – "Game of the Century" ending in 10-10 tie. ND was ranked No. 1 and MSU was ranked No. 2 for the entire season previous to the game.
  • 1974 – v. Ohio State – unranked MSU upset undefeated and No. 1 ranked Ohio State, 16-13, ruining the Buckeyes' national title hopes.
  • 1987 – v. Michigan – Spartans defeat Michigan 17-11 for their first victory over the Wolverines in East Lansing since 1969.
  • 1987 – v. Indiana – MSU defeated Indiana 27-3 to win the Big Ten title and earned their first (and to date, only) Rose Bowl bid since the 1965 season. Lorenzo White rushed for a then NCAA record tying 56 attempts for 292 yards.
  • 1990 – v. Notre Dame – A stadium record crowd of 80,401 watch a fourth quarter lead slip away against No. 1 ranked Notre Dame in a 20-19 loss.
  • 1995 – v. Michigan – Tony Banks led an 88-yard drive and threw the winning touchdown to Nigea Carter with 1:24 left in the game to win 28-25 over No. 7 ranked Michigan.
  • 1998 – v. Notre Dame – before a national ABC primetime audience the Spartans jumped out to a 42-3 halftime lead en route to a 45-23 win.
  • 2001 – v. Michigan – Quarterback Jeff Smoker finds T.J. Duckett in the endzone with no time remaining in a 26-24 victory.
  • 2004 – v. Wisconsin – Michigan State stunned the undefeated #4 Badgers 49-14, ending their hopes of a National Championship.

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Facts and trivia

  • Spartan Stadium is so loud that Stanley Kubrick’s Spartacus (1960) uses a recording of the crowd noise during the 1959 Michigan State-Notre Dame game.[4]
  • The Spartans have ranked among the NCAA's top 20 in attendance each of the last 47 years.
  • Michigan State's longest home winning streak was 19 games starting with a 33-14 homecoming victory over William & Mary on October 14, 1950 and ended with a 6-0 loss to Wisconsin on October 2, 1954.
  • Spartan Stadium is the tallest structure in East Lansing, topping Hubbard Hall South and Hubbard Hall North.
  • The original, 14,000-seat stadium built in 1923 has undergone 3 major expansions, the last of which added 16,000 seats in 1957.
  • The original stadium was built in 1923 at a cost of $160,000. This would be the equivalent of $1,767,582.59 in 2005.

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Notes or references

  1. ^ For scenery, check out Michie Stadium, by Mel Kiper Jr., March 8, 2002. Accessed on June 23, 2006.
  2. ^ College Gridirons, Spartan Stadium. Accessed 2006-06-23.
  3. ^ Lansing State Journal, Spartan Stadium. Accessed 2007-09-01.
  4. ^ IMDB Trivia Listing for Spartacus. Accessed on June 23, 2006

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