Aug 13, 2013
EAST LANSING, Mich. - An estimated crowd of more than 7,000 Michigan State fans attended the 11th annual "Meet the Spartans" Tuesday evening at Spartan Stadium.
The event gave Spartan fans the chance to meet the entire 2013 Michigan State football team and receive autographs from players and head coach Mark Dantonio. Fans also toured the press box, visited the Spartan Stadium field, met with Sparty, and took photos wearing a Spartan helmet, shoulder pads and jersey. In addition, Spartan Sports Network gave fans an opportunity to describe a memorable moment as play-by-play announcer.
"I think it keeps us fresh, but more importantly than that, our players enjoy being a part of the whole thing and being around kids," said Dantonio. "There's a lot of Spartan fans out there, so it's great to have them here. Spartan Nation is always going to be there for us. This is one of those places in the country that has a tremendous following - we appreciate it very much."
"It's fun to get out there and see the kids," said senior linebacker Max Bullough. "The fans are the game. If it didn't matter to the fans, we would be playing over there in Munn Field. The fans are what make it special. That's who we play for, that's why we play."
"Going through camp is a grind - you're pretty much with the guys every hour on the hour," said senior offensive tackle Fou Fonoti. "Being able to get out here and interact with the people is definitely a breath of fresh air."
Earlier in the day, the Spartans conducted their 13th practice of preseason camp. The team will continue preseason camp with two practices on Wednesday