On the same day that Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced plans to lift outdoor event limits in the state as of June 1, the Michigan State Athletics department quickly announced its plans for a “full and robust” Spartan Stadium this fall.
Bill Beekman, Michigan State’s vice president and director of athletics, released a statement regarding attendance at Spartan Stadium this fall, via msuspartans.com:
Spartan football Saturdays are about more than just a game. They are an all-encompassing experience that connects Spartans of all eras around gameday traditions; traditions such as tailgating, the Spartan Marching Band, cheer and dance teams, photos with Sparty, hospitality events and simply reconnecting with fellow Spartans.
After a year missing those traditions, as a department we are planning to have a full and robust Spartan Stadium and deliver as traditional a Spartan football experience as we possibly can. I know personally I can’t wait to see the camaraderie among Spartans at the pre-game tailgates. And after a lifetime of attending Spartan games, I still get shivers down my spine when the band comes out of the tunnel. We all have our own favorite moments, but it’s being in attendance at Spartan Stadium that connects us all.
For six Saturdays this fall, Spartan Stadium will once again be our home … your home! Welcome back Spartans, welcome home!
Go Green! Bill Beekman
Michigan State Vice President and Director of Athletics”
Of course, the pandemic situation is still fluid, and things can change between now and September, but it would appear that at this current juncture, the decision-makers at MSU are certainly planning for full capacity at Spartan Stadium for the 2021 football season.
The Spartans have six home games this fall: versus Youngstown State (Sept. 11), versus Nebraska (Sept. 25), versus Western Kentucky (Oct. 2), versus Michigan (Oct. 30), versus Maryland (Nov. 13) and versus Penn State (Nov. 27).
Also, shout out to Darien Harris, director of player player engagement, for his outstanding voiceover work on the video above released on social media.
In late April, Michigan State extended the 2021 football season ticket renewal deadline to June 1. Meanwhile, new ticket sales to the general public will start on July 6.