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The co-founders of CletusFest have attended football games at every Big Ten Stadium. Although each school visit includes great memories, we thought it would be helpful for Buckeye fans to know what they were getting themselves into when considering a Big Ten road trip. Our Rating is based on a Five Point Scale (5 being best):
Overall Rating: ****
This stadium provides a great atmosphere for college football. Although the team intro. video is a little disturbing (it includes MSU's victory over the Buckeyes in 1997), the fans get into the game and you can always count on a few "Go Green; Go White" cheers.
One thing for sure is that Spartan fans and Buckeyes have one major agreement: They both dislike U of M!! MSU fans are courteous, fun to be around, and welcome visitors with open arms.
There are parking lots right next to the stadium, but get there early. Tailgating in East Lansing is a great time. The fans celebrate throughout the day, and there are lots of entertaining moments to enjoy.
The downtown is a party paradise!! There are numerous clubs and bars to pick from. Definitely make a trip to "Sharkey's". Their shark bowl drink will rock your night away!
View From the Other Side
Cletusfest has polled MSU Alumni about their city, and here are their thoughts on what you should check out in East Lansing:
What are the Top 5 Restaurants?
The State Room (Kellogg Center)
Harper's (The old Dooley's. Now a micro-brew)
What Landmarks / Important Things Should a Visitor check out around town or on campus?
East Lansing is an Oasis in the middle of corn fields, therefore, not much happening in the way of Landmarks off campus
Name the Top Hotels to Stay
Marriott Downtown East Lansing
Kellogg Center (On Campus)
Residence Inn East Lansing
TownPlace Suites East Lansing
Fairfield Inn- Okemos
What is the Best Bar for Alumni?
What is the Best Bar for Visiting Fans?
One of 3 choices: Harpers, Rick's Cafe, or Landshark
What is the Best Bar for Getting Your Drink On?
One of 4 choices: Landshark, Rick's Cafe, Crunchy's, or The Post
What are the best Game Day Traditions?
Team Walk from Kellogg Center to the Stadium (2 hours before gametime)
Band warmups - Music Building field
Band March to the Stadium- (1 hour before gametime)
Where should a Visitor Park on Game Day?
The lots closest to the stadium are reserved parking only, with the exception of Munn Field. (By Breslin Center) It's a great place to park close to the stadium, however it is a no alcohol lot, so plan on walking to another tailgate or not drinking if you park there (probably not an option for most Buckeyes that I have met) There are multiple parking areas with green-space for tailgating on the outskirts of Campus. A good choice if you get there early is at the corner of Kalamazoo Street and Harrison Rd. Other good unreserved lots are located at the end of campus directly adjacent to Grand River Ave. (Downtown East Lansing). The city of east Lansing ha multiple Parking decks if you are planning on not setting up a tailgate. If You do not want to deal with the traffic and congestion of campus, you can easily park on the far South Side of campus in the commuter lots at the corner of Farm Lane and Mt. Hope Rd. Lots of tailgate room, however you will have to take the buses that are provided to the stadium. Lots for parking open at different times depending on game time. Consult www.msuspartans.com or www.homefootball.msu.edufor frequent updates.
Where should a Visitor go to Tailgate?
All of the following areas have a great tailgate atmosphere relative to music, location , food, etc.. However, I have rated them on a scale of 1-10 (10, being the wildest, younger crowds, etc...)
Tennis Courts (directly South of the Stadium) rating: 10
"A Lot" directly north of the Stadium rating: 7
Kobs Field (baseball fields, west of Sparty statue) 7
Breslin Center lot- rating 5
Jenison Field House- rating 5
RV lot- rating 8
|08/31/19||Florida Atlantic||Win 45-21|
|09/14/19||@ Indiana||Win 51-10|
|09/21/19||Miami (Ohio)||Win 76-5|
|09/28/19||@ Nebraska||Win 48-7|
|10/05/19||Michigan State||Win 34-10|
|10/18/19||@ Northwestern||Win 52-3|
|11/16/19||@ Rutgers||Win 56-21|
|11/23/19||Penn State||Win 28-17|
|11/30/19||@ scUM||Win 56-27|
|12/07/19||BIG10 Championship vs. Wisconsin||34-21|