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Tailgating

• Gameday Answers

For a complete listing of Gameday Answers, click here.

• "7/9/1" Tailgating Times

When kickoff is set for noon or 1 p.m. tailgate lots will open at 7 a.m.

If kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m. tailgate lots will open at 9 a.m.

For Friday night games, lots will open at 3:30 p.m.

For Saturday night games, lots will open at 1 p.m.

All fans are encouraged not to come before these times as traffic lineups will not be permitted.

• Parking

For a PDF of the parking lots, click here.

Football Parking Map

• Tailgating Sites

Tailgating is permitted in all public parking areas. There are many parking and transportation options that can make your game day more enjoyable, including super-fast shuttle buses.

Because soil compaction endangers the long-term health of campus trees, vehicles cannot be parked on grass surfaces north of the Red Cedar River and are restricted to designated grass areas south of the Red Cedar River.

Munn Field is an alcohol-free parking area close to the stadium that is ideal for family tailgating. In the event of heavy rain, Munn Field will be closed.

• Tailgating Rules

Michigan State University welcomes thousands of football fans to East Lansing and Spartan Stadium every football Saturday. MSU understands that tailgating is an important component of game day activities and wants to insure that you have a safe and enjoyable experience. If your plans include tailgating in one of the designated parking areas on the MSU campus, please adhere to the following rules:

  • Lots open at 7:00 a.m. for noon or 1:00 p.m. games, 9:00 a.m. for 3:30 p.m. games and 1:00 p.m. for evening games.(Early arriving fans will be turned away and not allowed to lineup in the roadway).
  • No couches or upholstered furniture.
  • No kegs or other common source containers.
  • No drinking game structures and/or paraphernalia.
  • No trailers of any type including pig roasters.
  • Oversized trucks must park in RV parking.
  • Trash shall be disposed of in available receptacles.
  • No tents larger than 10' x 10'.
  • The MSU Police Department and assisting agencies perform regular patrols of designated parking areas to respond to emergencies and enforce state statutes and university ordinances.

• Alcohol &Tailgating

Open Container Ordinance

All fans are reminded of a the "open container" ordinance, adopted by the MSU Board of Trustees.The ordinance bans open containers of alcohol on campus and in all public areas of campus buildings.

However, on home football game days, enforcement of the ordinance will be suspended on campus for those of legal drinking age, during the hours parking lots are open for tailgating. Munn Field remains alcohol-free, as do the pedestrian areas immediately adjacent to Spartan Stadium as well as all public areas of campus buildings.

Be Responsible

You remembered your Spartan t-shirt, the football, the beer, and the Frisbee...did you remember the food? If you drink, make sure you eat. Pace your drinking. Know your limit. Watch out for your friends. Drinking laws are strictly enforced...if you're under 21 and blow a .02 on a preliminary Breathalyzer test, you will probably receive a Minor in Possession citation.

"Keep It Green and Clean"

Fans are encouraged to take their paper, boxboard, cardboard, plastic, and metal to one of more than 30 recycling stations located across campus. As you get close to the stadium, there are containers for recycling plastic and metal, and the concourse inside the stadium now has signs indicating where recycling containers are located for plastic cups and bottles. Please empty cups, non-returnable bottles, and cans before recycling them.

For garbage, MSU Grounds staff members wearing bright green vests will be handing out free green-and-white garbage bags to tailgaters a few hours before kick-off. The bags are for garbage only. There are also green and white barrels located across campus for garbage.

The MSU campus recycles! Together, we can do our part to keep campus "green and clean."

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