Here in the heart of Michigan, Fall means trees displaying a riot of color, apple picking and cider sipping. As the weeks pass, the weather turns cool and for Michigan State University football fans, it’s the season of tailgating and the satisfaction of a good Spartan victory. Listen carefully and you’ll hear not only the bells of Beaumont Tower but the rallying cry of “Go Green!” followed by the answer of “Go White!” Some may argue that THIS, this season right here, is the most wonderful time of the year.

Beaumont Tower

If you’re coming in to town for Spartan football, there are a few things to note. We’ve provided some basics below, but please note that policies may change or get updated so be sure to utilize the links for the latest information.

1. Parking

MSU Football

Arrive early to find parking that’s relatively close but be prepared to walk a bit. Note that the streets surrounding Spartan Stadium are closed to vehicles unless you have a valid parking pass.

Public parking on campus is available at the Cherry Lane lot on the SE corner of Harrison Rd. and Shaw Lane, at the ramp at the intersection of Red Cedar Lane and Trowbridge Road (by the Comm Arts Building), at the Grand River Avenue ramp (by the Union), at Ramp 1 on Shaw Lane (just east of Abrams Planetarium.)

Free parking is available at the surface lot on the NW corner of Farm Lane and Mt. Hope Road. There, you can catch the shuttle bus for a $5 round trip directly to the stadium. Here’s the map.

City of East Lansing parking ramps work just as well and then you can enjoy a nice walk through campus and pass by all the tailgaters on the way to the game.

Timing is everything. All parking locations are open at 7 a.m. for noon and 1 p.m. kickoffs, 9 a.m. for 3:30 p.m. kickoffs, 1 p.m. for Saturday evening kickoffs and 3:30 p.m. for Friday evening kickoffs. All fans are encouraged not to arrive before these times as traffic lineups will not be permitted.

2. Stadium Rules

Spartan Stadium 2017 Sunset

No bags allowed in the stadium. Bring your ID, your phone and some money for drinks and snacks in your pockets. If the weather’s threatening, you can bring some wearable rain gear but no umbrellas. The gates open 1.5 hours before the game starts or 2 hours if you’re heading to a suite.

Note that all tobacco products are not allowed anywhere on campus.

For all the Spartan Gameday Information click here.

3. Accommodations


Make your reservations as early as possible. Rooms for home game weekends fill up fast and may require a minimum two night stay. The brand new SpringHill Suites by Marriott, Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center and the East Lansing Marriott at University Place are within walking distance to Spartan Stadium. But there are others in close proximity, too. 

4. Enjoy Your Stay

Red Cedar Spirits

Plan on a weekend getaway and take in some other points of interest in Michigan’s capital region. You’ll find great shopping, attractions and dining. Want to check out where some of the student’s hang out? Besides the still-going-strong Pinball Pete's arcade, you can grab a meal at Crunchy’s, Harrison Roadhouse or Harper’s. Alumni will remember old favorites like Beggar’s Banquet and Coral Gables. And if you’re looking for some delicious farm-to-table and great dining experiences, indulge your taste buds at State Room or Red Haven. Or explore Greater Lansing's Makers and Shakers Trail for area craft distilleries, breweries and wineries. Pictured, Red Cedar Spirits is located close by in East Lansing.

5. Don't Miss

MSU Dairy Store

Remember that a visit to Michigan State University campus is never complete without stopping to get Dairy Store ice cream. No matter what flavor you prefer, (we’re partial to Dantonio’s Double Fudge Fake and Izzo’s Malted Madness) this is the best ice cream you’ll ever taste. The MSU Dairy Store has two locations on campus; the home base at Anthony Hall on Farm Lane just south of Shaw and at the MSU Student Union.  

Want to Love Lansing like a local? Check out our Lansing 150 bucket list. We love Lansing and hope you will, too!

Photo Credits: 

  1. Sparty - Tom Gennara
  2. Beaumont Tower - GLCVB
  3. Sparty & Spartan Stadium – Tom Gennara
  4. Spartan Stadium - GLCVB
  5. Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center - GLCVB
  6. Red Cedar Spirits– Tom Gennara
  7. MSU Dairy Store  - James Lenon