Gameday Central: Green-White Spring Game
April 19, 2013
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Michigan State football concludes its 15 spring practices under seventh-year head coach Mark Dantonio with the Green-White intrasquad game on Saturday, April 20 at 2:35 p.m. in Spartan Stadium. Parking is free, and the stadium gates open at 1 p.m. Admission is free.
ADDITIONAL SPRING GAME NOTES:
Lyons was a four-year letterwinner under head coach George Perles and helped the Spartans win the Big Ten Championship in 1990. A second-team All-Big Ten selection as a senior in 1992, Lyons was chosen in the sixth round of the 1993 NFL Draft and spent seven seasons playing in the NFL for both the Atlanta Falcons (1993-96) and Pittsburgh Steelers (1997-99). Lyons was elected to the MSU Board of Trustees in 2010 and began serving his eight-year term on Jan. 1, 2011.
Mosallam was a three-year letterwinner and a two-year starter at right guard at Michigan State from 1993-96. An engineering major, Mosallam earned Academic All-Big Ten honors three times and was a first-team Academic All-District selection in 1996. Mosallam was elected to the MSU Board of Trustees in 2012 and began serving his eight-year term on Jan. 1, 2013.
The Spartan Radio Network, featuring veteran play-by-play announcer George Blaha, color analyst Jason Strayhorn and sideline reporter Will Tieman, will broadcast the Green-White spring game to 12 affiliates in the state: WJIM (AM 1240) and WMMQ (FM 94.9) in Lansing, WBCK (AM 930) in Battle Creek, WUPF (FM 107.3) in Escanaba, WMJZ (FM 101.5) in Gaylord, WJRW (AM 1340) in Grand Rapids, WGHN (FM 92.1) in Grand Haven, WBCH (FM 100.1) in Hastings, WQLR (AM 1660) in Kalamazoo, WLUN (FM 100.9) in Midland, WMJT (FM 96.7) in Newberry and WLDR (FM 101.9) in Traverse City. The spring game also can be heard live on satellite radio: Sirius (Channel 93) and XM (Channel 191). The pregame show begins at 2 p.m.
Prior to the spring game, MSU's coaching staff and players will conduct a free youth football clinic (no registration required). Children, ages 8-12, are invited to attend the youth clinic from 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. on the grass practice fields behind the Duffy Daugherty Football Building, located at the corner of Chestnut Road and Shaw Lane. Clinic participants and their parents are requested to enter the practice fields through the gate on Shaw Lane. Over the last 10 years, nearly 5,400 children have participated in the annual youth football clinic (record 885 youth clinic participants last April).
The purpose of the clinic is to introduce youngsters to the game by stressing fundamentals. No football gear is required. In addition, clinic participants will receive Country Fresh ice cream as well as a coupon for a complimentary hot dog and soft drink to be redeemed at a concession stand in Spartan Stadium during the spring game.
BTN also will have highlights and analysis from Michigan State's spring game on Saturday, April 20 at 7 p.m. ET on the "B1G Tonight Spring Football Edition" with Dave Revsine, Gerry DiNardo and Howard Griffith.
Michigan State's spring football games have attracted crowds in excess of 20,000 each of the last six years, with estimated attendance totals of 25,000 in 2007, 27,000 in 2008, 26,000 in 2009, 30,000 in 2010, 35,000 in 2011 and 21,000 in 2012. Those spring game attendance figures have ranked among the nation's Top 20 each of the last six years: No. 11 (tied with Florida State) in 2007, No. 17 in 2008, No. 19 in 2009, No. 15 (tied with Arkansas) in 2010, No. 13 in 2011 and No. 20 in 2012.
The Spartan Bookstore will conduct its annual clearance sale in the Sideline Shop, located inside the south end of the stadium. The clearance sale also will feature merchandise and apparel from Spartan Spirit (MSU Union), Kellogg Center Gift Shop and the MSU Golf Pro Shop. Apparel and merchandise will be marked down 50 percent or more. The Sideline Shop will open at 10:30 a.m.
Fans are reminded no bags or purses are allowed inside Spartan Stadium. This includes but not limited to: no backpacks, purses of any size, camera cases, binocular cases, wallets not stored in pockets, bags, diaper bags, seat cushions with pockets that are used for storage. If any of these bags are attached to a person's waist or wrist, they still are not allowed in the stadium.
Gates C and K are only for those individuals with true medical needs. Individuals entering those gates may bring the medical items in any bag. Those bags will be searched and tagged by an MSU Police Officer. The officer working that gate has the final determination if that item is a true medical need.
Fans are reminded that the "open container" ordinance will be enforced on campus and in parking lots for the spring football game.
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