July 31, 2014
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Michigan State football fans of all ages are invited to attend the 12th-annual "Meet The Spartans," presented by Pepsi, on Tuesday, Aug. 12 from 5-8 p.m. in Spartan Stadium. Eighth-year Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio and members of the 2014 football team will be available for autographs on the south concourse inside the stadium.
Parking is free (in Lots 79 and 62W), and the stadium gates (Gates B and C) open at 4:30 p.m. Admission is free.
The format is similar to last year, as offensive players will be available for autographs from approximately 5:30-6:30 p.m. and defensive players from approximately 6:30-7:30 p.m. Dantonio will be available for autographs from 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Due to time constraints, fans are limited to one autographed item per person, and requests for photos with players and/or Coach Dantonio cannot be accommodated.
The MSU cheerleaders and dance team will help distribute free schedule posters. Children also will have the opportunity to meet Sparty and pose for photos with the popular mascot.
Fans also will have the chance to visit the playing field; take photos wearing a Spartan helmet, shoulder pads and jersey; tour the press box; and describe a memorable moment as the play-by-play announcer for the Spartan Sports Network. The 2013 Big Ten Championship and 2014 Rose Bowl Championship trophies will be on display near the Rose Bowl plaque on the west side of Spartan Stadium.
At nearby Ralph Young Field, there will be a punt-pass-snap-kick competition and Zeke the Wonderdog will also be performing.
The Spartan Sideline Shop will open at 4 p.m. for merchandise and apparel sales. Fans also will have an opportunity to purchase $5 wristbands from concessions to sample "A Taste of Spartan Stadium," including the popular chicken and waffles. In addition, the Spartan Ticket Office, located at Gate G, will be open, with $308 season tickets as well as single-game tickets to Jacksonville State, Eastern Michigan, Wyoming and Rutgers.
Fans are encouraged to use the hashtag #MeetTheSpartans during the event while using social media outlets, including MSU's official athletics Twitter account (@MSU_Athletics) and football account (@MSU_Football). Fans can also follow on Facebook (MSUAthletics) and Instagram (MSU_Spartans).