Nov. 27, 2012
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Michigan State University and the Lansing Lugnuts have agreed on a three-year extension for the Crosstown Showdown presented by Auto-Owners Insurance, extending the popular event through 2015.
The 2013 game marks the seventh year of the exhibition game at Cooley Law School Stadium, and the new deal ensures at least three more games between the Spartans of the Big Ten Conference and the Lugnuts of the Midwest League.
"The Crosstown Showdown presented by Auto Owner's Insurance has grown to become a fan favorite here at Cooley Law School Stadium," said Lansing Lugnuts General Manager Nick Grueser. "We appreciate the partnership and friendly rivalry with the Michigan State baseball team and look forward to it continuing for many more years."
"The Crosstown Showdown has been a great event for our entire program," said MSU head coach Jake Boss. "It's really a thrill for me personally, and our team as a whole, to play in front of 13,000 people in a great atmosphere. The Lugnuts are a first-class organization from top to bottom and have taken this event to a whole new level. We're excited about the opportunity to continue playing the Lugnuts on an annual basis in the Crosstown Showdown."
The event has drawn record crowds to Cooley Law School Stadium, including a stadium-record 12,997 fans for the 2012 game. Crowds of more than 12,000 also attended the 2008 and 2009 contests. In the six years of the Crosstown Showdown, the game has attracted nearly 60,000 fans for an average of 9,844.
The 2013 event, scheduled for Thursday, April 11 at 7:05 p.m. and sponsored by Auto-Owners Insurance, will be a nine-inning game, and both teams will use wooden bats.
The Lugnuts, a Class A affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays, own a 4-2 series advantage in the Crosstown Showdown. After Lansing won the first two games in 2007 and 2008, Michigan State claimed its first victory over the Lugnuts with a 12-2 triumph in 2009. MSU also won in 2011, 2-1. Four of the six games in the series have been decided by two or fewer runs.
Ticket information for the 2013 game will be announced at a later date.
CROSSTOWN SHOWDOWN HISTORY
April 3, 2007 - Lansing Lugnuts 4, Michigan State 3 (Attendance: 6,223)
April 24, 2008 - Lansing Lugnuts 4, Michigan State 2 (Attendance: 12,862)
April 16, 2009 - Michigan State 12, Lansing Lugnuts 2 (Attendance: 12,992)
April 26, 2010 - Lansing Lugnuts 5, Michigan State 4 (Attendance: 6,778)
April 5, 2011 - Michigan State 2, Lansing Lugnuts 1 (Attendance: 7,212)
April 5, 2012 - Lansing Lugnuts 7, Michigan State 0 (Attendance: 12,997)