The Jack Breslin Student Events Center, one of the premier facilities in the country, serves as home to the Michigan State men's and women's basketball programs. Opened in November of 1989, it seats 14,759 for basketball.
The $43-million facility is named in honor of "Mr. MSU," Jack Breslin, who prior to his death in August of 1988, was a senior consultant to former MSU President Dr. John DiBaggio. Breslin was the captain and most valuable player of the 1945 football team. He also earned varsity letters in baseball and basketball and was the 1946 senior class president. He worked for the university for more than 30 years, serving since 1969 as vice president for administration and public affairs before retiring in 1986.
Designed to replace Jenison Field House, the 14,759-seat arena is truly an all events facility. Besides accommodating the men's and women's basketball programs, the arena is used for student commencements, concerts, trade shows, conventions, banquets and other functions of interest to both the university and the community. The arena also plays host to the popular MHSAA (Michigan High School Athletic Association) boys' and girls' state basketball championships.
Since its opening, acts such as Paul Simon, Dave Matthews Band, John Mayer, Pearl Jam, Bob Dylan and Elton John have played before enthusiastic audiences.
Located on the southeast corner of Kalamazoo Street and Harrison Road, the Breslin Center is located near Jenison Field House, Munn Ice Arena and other major sport complexes.
The mid-level concourse provides convenient access to both the upper and arena-level seating area. Nine rows of telescopic bench seating, located at the perimeter of the basketball court, creates the close proximity of spectators reminiscent of Jenison Field House.
On the mezzanine level, the auxiliary basketball practice gyms and four large meeting rooms provide additional multi-purpose space. Included among the remaining major spaces within the arena are offices for arena operations, MSU sports information and sports broadcasting, a media interview room, locker room areas and a ticket sales lobby with adjoining offices.
The arena and meeting rooms are equipped with state-of-the-art sound system, built-in facilities for television cameras and show-lighting requirements. Handicapped individuals have convenient access to the building at any of the major concourse level entrances.