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.


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

Arrive early and be prepared to walk. 

Also, keep in mind that the streets surrounding Spartan Stadium are closed to vehicles unless you have a valid parking pass.

Public parking on campus is available at:

  • Cherry Lane lot on the Southeast corner of Harrison Road and Shaw Lane
  • the ramp at the intersection of Red Cedar Lane and Trowbridge Road (by the Communications, Arts & Science Building)
  • the Grand River ramp (by the Union)
  • 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.

Timing is everything. Tailgating lots will now open on campus at 7 a.m. for noon to 4 p.m. kickoffs and 11 a.m. for night games. These times apply only to Saturday games.  (Previously, lots opened at 7 a.m. for noon kickoffs, 9 a.m. for 3:30/4 p.m. kickoffs, and 1 p.m. for night games.)
All fans are encouraged not to arrive before these times as traffic lineups will not be permitted.

2. Stadium Rules

Fans will now be allowed to bring clear bags into Spartan Stadium. In accordance with Michigan State Athletics security guidelines, the only bags, packages or containers permitted to be carried by fans as they enter the stadium are the following:

  • Bag that is clear plastic, vinyl, or PVC and does not exceed 12" x 6" x 12"
  • One-gallon clear plastic freezer bag (Ziploc bag or similar)
  • Small clutch bag, camera and binocular cases, not exceeding 4.5" x 6.5", with or without a handle or strap

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.

More Spartan Gameday Information.

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 new Graduate East Lansing, 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. 

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Hotels Within walking Distance

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4. Enjoy Your Stay

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, HopCat or Jolly Pumpkin. 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 the State Room. Or explore Greater Lansing's Makers and Shakers Trail for area craft distilleries, breweries, and wineries.

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Things To Do After the Game

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5. Don't Miss the 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, this is the best ice cream you’ll ever taste. The MSU Dairy Store is located at Anthony Hall on Farm Lane just south of Shaw.  

Photo Credits: 

  1. Sparty - Tom Gennara
  2. Sparty & Spartan Stadium – Tom Gennara
  3. East Lansing - GLCVB
  4. Spartan Stadium - GLCVB
  5. MSU Dairy Store  - James Lenon