Spartan Stadium is in its 94th season as home to Michigan State football. Since its opening in 1923, Michigan State has won 70 percent of its games played in Spartan Stadium. The Spartans hosted their 500th game at Spartan Stadium on Oct. 12, 2013, against Indiana on Homecoming.
Featuring one of the finest playing surfaces in all of college football, Spartan Stadium was named the top collegiate football field for 2016 by the Sports Turf Managers Association (STMA), becoming just the fourth collegiate football field to earn the distinction of STMA Field of the Year twice since the award was created in 1992; the field was also recognized in 2005.
Spartan Stadium (capacity: 75,005) represents a tribute to Michigan State's football past and a vote of confidence in its future. Since 2012, more than $50 million has been committed to upgrading the 94-year-old facility to continually enhance the gameday atmosphere. In December 2016, the Michigan State Board of Trustees approved a $13 million addition to the south end of Spartan Stadium that is scheduled to open prior to the 2017 season. Construction on the 20,000-square-foot single-story project, which began in February 2017, will include the addition of 236 bathrooms, four concession stand areas (completed as a separate project for the 2018 season), and movement of the ticket entrances out from the stadium structure to create donor plazas and renovated gates similar to the North End Zone. In addition, permanent light structures, featuring LED field lighting, were installed over the summer as part of the requirement of the new Big Ten broadcast agreement. The $2 million project meets NCAA national championship broadcast lighting levels of 125 vertical foot candles, and the field lighting will be fully controllable.
In June 2013, the MSU Board of Trustees approved a $24.5 million project to the north end of Spartan Stadium that opened in August 2014. The structure features a two-story, 50,000-square-foot addition as well as an entrance plaza, renovated gates, and additional restrooms and concessions. The building includes locker rooms for teams, coaches and officials, including a 4,500-square-foot home locker room and a 700-square-foot home training room, in addition to a 3,600-square-foot media center and a 4,000-square-foot engagement center for all varsity sports. Former All-America offensive lineman Flozell Adams provided a leadership gift of $1.5 million for MSU's new locker room, which is named in honor of his later mother, Rachel Adams. Prior to the 2012 season, new high-def Panasonic video screens and scoreboards as well as a new sound system were installed in Spartan Stadium. The new scoreboard/video screen in the south end zone is 5,300-square feet, compared to its predecessor that measured just 567-square feet (installed in 1998). The top of the new south end zone structure reaches 130 feet. In addition, two new video boards as well as an LED ribbon board were added to the north end zone. The LED ribbon board covers 4,500 square feet (450-feet long and 10-feet high). Combined, the south and north video screens/scoreboards total 13,300-square feet. The $10 million project replaced a 14-year-old scoreboard, message board and audio system. In July 2014, ESPN named Spartan Stadium's south end zone scoreboard among the Top 10 in the nation at No. 9.
A $64 million expansion project completed prior to the start of the 2005 football season featured the addition of nearly 3,000 seats, including 24 suites and a 193-seat press box, bringing the current stadium capacity to 75,005. "The Spartan" statue was relocated to the atrium of the new structure. The 200,000-square-foot addition also houses the MSU Alumni Association, University Development and other units. The Michigan State Board of Trustees approved the major addition and expansion project of Spartan Stadium in September 2003. Barton Malow/Clark served as the construction manager for the Spartan Stadium expansion project, with HNTB providing architectural services.
Following the June 26, 2011, U2 "360º" concert, the entire playing surface in Spartan Stadium had to be replaced. The new playing surface, planted in April 2010 at Graff's Turf Farms in Fort Morgan, Colorado, is comprised of a blend of four varieties of Kentucky bluegrass. The installation of the new sod, transported to Spartan Stadium in 26 refrigerator trucks, took three days (July 12-15).
Spartan Stadium, which officially opened in 1923 at its current location, featured a natural grass playing surface until artificial turf was installed in 1969. The stadium returned to natural grass for the 2002 season. In 2005, the natural grass playing surface in Spartan Stadium earned Field of the Year honors from the Sports Turf Managers Association (STMA).
Natural grass returned to Spartan Stadium in 2002 after a 33-year absence, with the installation of a modular field. The playing surface, planted in May of 2001 at MSU's Hancock Turfgrass Research Center, was comprised of a blend of nine varieties of Kentucky bluegrass. The original switch from natural grass to artificial turf came in time for the 1969 season.
Since 1957, capacity crowds have attended 170 games in Spartan Stadium, including the single-game record 80,401 fans who witnessed MSU's 20-19 loss to top-ranked Notre Dame on Sept. 22, 1990. The Spartans have ranked among the NCAA's Top 25 in attendance each of the last 61 seasons, including 19th in 2016, averaging 74,667 fans per game. The Spartans ranked 16th in the NCAA in total attendance in 2016 as 522,666 fans went through the turnstiles for seven home games, including a season-high 75,802 vs. Michigan on Oct. 29. Season-ticket sales have topped the 60,000 mark eight times in Spartan football history, with an all-time record 63,831 season tickets purchased in 2012. MSU sold 61,931 season tickets for the 2014 season, second most in school history.
A series of projects paralleling the Spartans' rise to national football prominence enlarged the steel-and-concrete facility from its original 14,000 seats in 1923 to its present size.
The first came in 1935, the year in which the stadium was officially named Macklin Field, boosting the capacity to 26,000. The 1948 enlargement raised the total to 51,000.
After 9,000 new seats upped the capacity to 60,000 in 1956, the upper decks were added to the east and west stands in 1957, bringing the capacity to 76,000. It also became Spartan Stadium that year. Renovations during the summer of 1994 improved sightlines and comfort for fans, while reducing the capacity to 72,027.
On Oct. 6, 2001, Spartan Stadium added another chapter to its storied history as a then world-record crowd of 74,554 attended the MSU-Michigan outdoor hockey game.
In 1998, Spartan Stadium celebrated its 75th anniversary plus it reached another milestone that season when it played host to its 400th game, a 29-5 MSU victory over Northwestern on Oct. 31.
Michigan State has compiled a 358-153-13 record (.696) since taking up residency in Spartan Stadium (formerly Macklin Field) in 1923. The Spartans have gone undefeated at home 20 times since the stadium opened in 1923, including four times under current MSU head coach Mark Dantonio (2010, 2011, 2013, 2015). In addition, Michigan State has suffered only one home loss during a season 29 times. Under Dantonio, the Spartans are 53-17 (.757) in home games since 2007, including a 15-game winning streak (7-0 in 2010, 7-0 in 2011, won first game in 2012) and a 12-game winning streak (7-0 in 2013, won first five in 2014), which rank second and tied for third longest, respectively, in Spartan Stadium history. MSU is 38-11 (.776) at home since 2010 and 22-6 (.786) since 2013.
Michigan State's longest home winning streak at Spartan Stadium is 19 games from Oct. 14, 1950, through Nov. 21, 1953.
From Capital City Airport: Turn right (west) onto Grand River Avenue to Waverly Road and turn left (south). Follow Waverly to I-496 East. Follow I-496 East to Trowbridge Road exit. Turn left (north) at first traffic light, which is Harrison Road. Turn right (east) on Shaw Lane. Spartan Stadium will be on the left.
From the South (Jackson): Take US 127 North to Trowbridge Road exit. Turn left (north) at first traffic light, which is Harrison Road. Turn right (east) on Shaw Lane. Spartan Stadium will be on the left.
From the North (St. Johns): Take US 127 South to Trowbridge Road exit. Turn left (north) at first traffic light, which is Harrison Road. Turn right (east) on Shaw Lane. Spartan Stadium will be on the left.
From the East (Detroit): I-96 West to US 127 (Exit 106) North to Trowbridge Road exit. Turn left (north) at first traffic light, which is Harrison Road. Turn right (east) on Shaw Lane. Spartan Stadium will be on the left.
From the West (Grand Rapids): I-96 East to I-496 East (Exit 95) to Trowbridge Road exit. Turn left (north) at first traffic light, which is Harrison Road. Turn right (east) on Shaw Lane. Spartan Stadium will be on the left.
From the Southwest (Charlotte): I-69 North to I-96 East to US 127 North to Trowbridge Road exit. Turn left (north) at first traffic light, which is Harrison Road. Turn right (east) on Shaw Lane. Spartan Stadium will be on the left.
From the Northeast (Flint): I-69 South to US 127 South to Trowbridge Road exit. Turn left (north) at first traffic light, which is Harrison Road. Turn right (east) on Shaw Lane. Spartan Stadium will be on the left.
The Guest Services window, available for general information, is located in the west stadium concourse between Gates G & H, behind Section 26.
All persons, including children of all ages, must have a ticket for admission to Spartan Stadium. Re-entry is prohibited at Spartan Stadium. Once you exit the stadium, you may not re-enter. Gates open 1 1/2 hours prior to the scheduled game time. The Tower, for access to the suites and Huntington Bank Club will open two hours before the game. For tickets call the MSU athletic ticket office at (517) 355-1610 or 1-800-GO-STATE.
The Ticket Will Call is located on the west side of the stadium between Gates G & H, behind Section 26, and opens 1 1/2 hours before the scheduled game time. Proper identification is required before the release of tickets.
Concession stands are located on the stadium concourse and ramp levels.
Rest rooms are located beneath sections 6, 11, 21, 26, 105 and 112. Additional rest rooms are located on the Upper West concourse.
First Aid Emergency Service
In the case of illness or accident, contact the nearest police officer or usher. Nurses are on duty during the game at units in the East concourse (opposite section 8), West concourse (opposite section 20) and Upper West concourse (opposite section 123).
Accessible seating is available in the north end zone and is accessible from ramps through sections 1, 2 and 30. Additional seating is available on the west side of the stadium between sections 21 and 22 and is accessible from the ramp through section 21. Accessible and partner seating is available on the sixth floor of the West side. Please go to the Ticket Will Call - located on the west side of the stadium between Gates G & H, behind Section 26 - for assistance.
Programs are sold inside and outside the stadium at various locations.
Police Information Booth
Located on the East concourse opposite section 8.
Lost and Found Articles
Items should be reported to the Police Information Booth no later than 45 minutes after the game. Later inquiries should be directed to the MSU Police department (517-355-2221).
Announcements are made over the public address system only in cases of grave emergency. Physicians anticipating emergency calls can arrange message services by contacting attendants at the information booth under section 8. This service cannot be extended to the general public.
For the safety and enjoyment of all fans, we ask that you observe the following regulations. The following items are strictly prohibited inside Spartan Stadium: Alcoholic beverages; smoking in the seating area; large cameras; video cameras; radios; TV sets; bells, whistles, sirens and horns; banners and signs; umbrellas; seatbacks; strollers; binocular/camera cases; containers of any kind. No bags or purses are allowed within the stadium. The use of a ticket to an event authorizes an inspection at the point of entry to ensure the absence of prohibited materials. Admission will be denied to anyone carrying any of the prohibited items.
Field Level Exits and the Playing Field
Field level exits are for the use of authorized personnel only. Spectators must remain off the field before and after the game. Please exit through the ramp and section exits only.
Code of Conduct
The Department of Intercollegiate Athletics promotes good sportslike conduct and encourages fans to exhibit the highest level of sportsmanship by supporting the participants in a positive manner. Any disruptive or intimidating behavior will not be tolerated. These actions are considered grounds for removal from the stadium and may preclude the offender from purchasing tickets to future Spartan Athletic events.