March 1, 2011
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Spartan Ticket Office is now accepting online renewals from Michigan State football season-ticket holders at www.msuspartans.com. The overall pricing structure for football season-ticket holders remains the same for the third year in a row.
Season tickets are priced at $308 for the general public ($44 per game), $252 for faculty/staff ($36 per game; limit of two seats), $231 for Family Plan ($33 per person; end zone seating with minimum of four seats), $175 for young alumni ($25 per game; limit of two seats) and $136 for MSU undergraduate students (less than $20 per game). For access to the online renewal form, click here.
"Instead of raising ticket prices to meet the growing expenses required to fund our 25 varsity sports and 750-plus student-athletes, the Athletics Department will focus on increasing football season-ticket sales," MSU Athletics Director Mark Hollis said. "Our plan for the 2011 season is to hold the line on prices and push season-ticket sales to record levels. We are indeed facing some serious challenges and over the next year, we'll conduct a comprehensive review of our department's revenues and expenses, as we strive to meet the needs of our student-athletes, coaches and fans.
"We thank our season-ticket holders and Spartan Fund members for their loyalty and remind them that their continued support is critical for the success of our football program and our entire Athletics Department. We will continue to look for ways to enhance the game-day experience and ensure that Spartan Football Saturdays are cherished as the best seven days of the year."
Season-ticket holders that complete the online renewal form and pay by E-Check save the $15 processing fee. In addition, season-ticket holders that complete the online renewal form and pay by credit card save $5 off the processing fee.
In advance of the May 1 deadline, renewal forms will be mailed in April to season-ticket holders that do not complete the online form.
Fans interested in becoming Michigan State football season-ticket holders can have their names added to the Spartan Ticket Office mailing list by clicking here. New season-ticket sales begin June 1 for Spartan Fund members and June 15 for the general public.
Fifth-year Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio and his team will tackle a demanding seven-game home schedule in 2011, including non-conference games against Youngstown State (Sept. 3), Florida Atlantic (Sept. 10) and Central Michigan (Sept. 24), plus Big Ten contests against Michigan (Oct. 15), Wisconsin (Oct. 22/Homecoming), Minnesota (Nov. 5) and Indiana (Nov. 19).
Coach Dantonio welcomes back 15 starters from last year's Big Ten Championship team that won a school-record 11 games and finished No. 14 in the final Associated Press and USA TODAY Polls. In 2010, Michigan State completed its first-ever 7-0 home season and its first undefeated home season since going 6-0 in 1999.
"After winning a share of the Big Ten title last year, expectations are high for the upcoming 2011 season," Hollis said. "Michigan State is listed in numerous early Preseason Top 25 Polls, so we're optimistic that season-ticket sales will exceed 60,000 for the sixth time in school history.
"For those that peek ahead to a 2012 home schedule that features Boise State, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Iowa and Nebraska, we believe the timing is right to cultivate many new season-ticket holders."
Michigan State has ranked among the NCAA's Top 25 in football attendance each of the last 55 years, including No. 19 in 2010, averaging 73,556 fans per game. The Spartans ranked No. 17 in the NCAA in total attendance, as 514,894 fans went through the turnstiles for seven home games in 2010.