Brethren and sistern: I propose what I believe to be the first annual TOC Road Trip. The environment in East Lansing on gameday is of course second to none, but whether we go to those games or not, there will be 75,000 other Spartans in the stands to cheer our boys on. I submit that it is at road venues where we should try to make our presence felt more strongly.
Of our road games this year, I believe the Indiana game on October 6 makes the most sense for a coordinated game trip. I would, of course, like to be in AA or Madison for those games, but the tickets are likely to be far more expensive and difficult to get, and for some of us cost is still a factor here. Bloomington is also an easier driving distance from Michigan and the Chicago area, where I imagine our fanbase to be concentrated, than Minnesota, and is said to be quite a nice place to visit and easy to get around for visitors.
Per IU's athletics department page, tickets for the MSU game are only $35 if you buy them in a group of 4, and according to some IU fans I've talked to, games are rarely even close to selling out, even on gameday. Some of my friends and I are planning on leaving from the Lansing area the night before, but we have yet to decide on a hotel. I do not have extensive tailgating equipment, but we mostly plan on roaming the town decked out in green instead of being stationary and drinking before the game anyway (do not need an Indiana drunk in public on the ol' record).
This first trip will thus probably be more informal, and is more meant to provide a way for interested people to coordinate driving arrangements, places to stay, etc. My hope is eventually it comes to resemble the tailgates organized by our sister blog Black Heart Gold Pants (truly an entertaining read if you ever have the time); they had one in Chicago for their game at Soldier Field and it reportedly was a success. If anyone is interested, please indicate below.