Spartan football is back!. We encourage everyone to embrace that excitement and the return of Big Ten football responsibly. We've outlined relevant information about what you need to know about the upcoming season to keep fans, students, alumni and visitors healthy and safe.

There will be no distribution of tickets to the public and no fans in the suites. Players and coaches will be allowed a limited number of tickets for friends, family or loved ones.  

Tailgating will NOT be permitted on the MSU campus and is discouraged in the city of East Lansing. All parking lots on campus will be closed, except for those used by football personnel, and therefore no open alcohol will be allowed on campus. MSU Police and parking personnel will be monitoring campus spaces and parking lots.

The Spartan marching band, dance and cheer teams will not be participating in the game day experience. The football team will not be walking through campus to Spartan Stadium prior to the game.

Obviously the safest place to watch the game is in the comfort of your own home. However, if you choose to watch the game at an East Lansing bar or restaurant please note the following:

  • The bars and restaurants in East Lansing have limited capacity.
  • Most will be using an app to help monitor those limits and make reservations. (Please browse the website for the bar/restaurant you wish to visit to find which app they are using.)
  • Long lines outside on the sidewalk surrounding these establishments will not be permitted and may result in fines for the restaurant/bar.
  • Safety protocols will be in place including wearing masks and maintaining 6ft social distancing. (MSU Campus and the city of East Lansing request masks be worn at all times both outdoor and indoors.) 

We know many of you are looking forward to the return of Big Ten football, and we have faith that you’ll be responsible on game days to be safe. Coaches Tom Izzo and Mel Tucker made this video to remind us all we are on the same team in beating this pandemic.

The Greater Lansing Safe Pledge helps visitors know our destination is taking precautions to keep everyone healthy and safe during the Coronavirus pandemic. Check this webpage often as this list of participants continues to grow.

Please note if you have plans to visit Michigan State University they have established the MSU Community Compact which applies to MSU students, faculty, staff, alumni, contractors, vendors and visitors. Please click here for more details about their specific requirements and guidelines.

If you're visiting or just need a refresher about the COVID-19 health and safety protocols for mid-Michigan - please read more here.

The city of East Lansing shares their off campus safety suggestions, including limits on crowd sizes.

Find a list of hotels near MSU.

Click here for the 2020 MSU Football schedule.

Please do your part to ensure we can continue to cheer on the team safely and responsibly!

*Information obtained in part from an open letter from MSU President Samuel L. Stanley and the downtown East Lansing merchant group.