• “7/9/1” Tailgating Times
When kickoff is set for noon or 1 p.m. tailgate lots will open at 7 a.m.
If kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m. tailgate lots will open at 9 a.m.
For Friday night games, lots will open at 3:30 p.m.
For Saturday night games, lots will open at 1 p.m.
All fans are encouraged not to come before these times as traffic lineups will not be permitted.
• Tailgating Sites
Tailgating is permitted in all public parking areas. There are many parking and transportation options that can make your game day more enjoyable, including super-fast shuttle buses.
Because soil compaction endangers the long-term health of campus trees, vehicles cannot be parked on grass surfaces north of the Red Cedar River and are restricted to designated grass areas south of the Red Cedar River.
Munn Field is an alcohol-free parking area close to the stadium that is ideal for family tailgating. In the event of heavy rain, Munn Field will be closed.
• Tailgating Rules
Michigan State University welcomes thousands of football fans to East Lansing and Spartan Stadium every football Saturday. MSU understands that tailgating is an important component of game day activities and wants to insure that you have a safe and enjoyable experience. If your plans include tailgating in one of the designated parking areas on the MSU campus, please adhere to the following rules:
- Lots open at 7:00 a.m. for noon or 1:00 p.m. games, 9:00 a.m. for 3:30 p.m. games and 1:00 p.m. for evening games.(Early arriving fans will be turned away and not allowed to lineup in the roadway).
- No couches or upholstered furniture.
- No kegs or other common source containers.
- No drinking game structures and/or paraphernalia.
- No trailers of any type including pig roasters.
- Oversized trucks must park in RV parking.
- Trash shall be disposed of in available receptacles.
- No tents larger than 10′ x 10′.
- The MSU Police Department and assisting agencies perform regular patrols of designated parking areas to respond to emergencies and enforce state statutes and university ordinances.
• Alcohol &Tailgating
Open Container Ordinance
All fans are reminded of a the “open container” ordinance, adopted by the MSU Board of Trustees.The ordinance bans open containers of alcohol on campus and in all public areas of campus buildings.
However, on home football game days, enforcement of the ordinance will be suspended on campus for those of legal drinking age, during the hours parking lots are open for tailgating. Munn Field remains alcohol-free, as do the pedestrian areas immediately adjacent to Spartan Stadium as well as all public areas of campus buildings.
You remembered your Spartan t-shirt, the football, the beer, and the Frisbee…did you remember the food? If you drink, make sure you eat. Pace your drinking. Know your limit. Watch out for your friends. Drinking laws are strictly enforced…if you’re under 21 and blow a .02 on a preliminary Breathalyzer test, you will probably receive a Minor in Possession citation.
• “Keep It Green and Clean”
Fans are encouraged to take their paper, boxboard, cardboard, plastic, and metal to one of more than 30 recycling stations located across campus. As you get close to the stadium, there are containers for recycling plastic and metal, and the concourse inside the stadium now has signs indicating where recycling containers are located for plastic cups and bottles. Please empty cups, non-returnable bottles, and cans before recycling them.
For garbage, MSU Grounds staff members wearing bright green vests will be handing out free green-and-white garbage bags to tailgaters a few hours before kick-off. The bags are for garbage only. There are also green and white barrels located across campus for garbage.
The MSU campus recycles! Together, we can do our part to keep campus “green and clean.”
Parking and traffic
New for 2013 season: Red Cedar Road will be closed from Shaw Lane to Chestnut Road during all home football games. On Aug. 30, Red Cedar Road will close at 1:30 p.m. For all other home games, the road will close at 2 a.m. the night before a game until postgame traffic clears. Those with parking passes for the “U” Lot will be granted access only via Red Cedar Road at Shaw Lane, and those with parking passes for the “A” Lot will be granted access via Red Cedar Road at Chestnut Road only.
MSU has abundant parking available on football game days. The university provides a variety of parking options designed to enhance your game day experience. 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 come before these times as traffic lineups will not be permitted.
- On-campus public game-day parking will be available for $20 at Munn Field (alcohol-free site).
- The cost for lots north of the railroad tracks will be $15.
- The cost for lots south of the railroad tracks will be $10.
Priority parking permit
Season priority parking permits are available to Spartan Fund Donors. This is the best method to assure a premium parking location. For information on season permits for priority parking areas, please contact the Spartan Fund office at (517) 432-4610.
Accessible parking is available in Lot 48, Natural Resource Building. Parking in this area is $15, which includes shuttle transport to the northeast corner of Spartan Stadium. The shuttle starts two hours prior to kickoff and returns for a reasonable amount of time after the game. The shuttle bus returning to accessible parking is accessed from the northeast stadium gates.
Recreational vehicle parking is available in lot 92 on Service Road. Cost is $30 per RV.
Shuttle bus service is available from Lot 89 at the corner of Mt. Hope Road and Farm Lane. The shuttle starts two hours prior to kickoff and returns for a reasonable amount of time after the game. The cost is $4 per game for a round trip ticket or $28 for a season pass. Parking is free.
For game day traffic information listen to WJR-AM (760) and WMMQ-FM (94.9) Call (517) 432-TIME for game day kickoff times.
From the east
Those approaching campus from the east (I-96) are advised to take the Okemos Road exit. You will be routed from Okemos Road and Jolly Road to the shuttle parking areas located near Farm Lane and Mt. Hope Road. The parking is free and the cost of the shuttle is $4.
Fans with parking passes should follow Jolly Road to Hagadorn Road and go north to Shaw Lane. Enter campus on Shaw Lane and proceed to your designated lot.
From the west
Fans traveling to the football game from the west side of the state should follow I-96 to 127 north and exit at the Jolly/Dunckel Road exit. Go east on Dunckel Road to Forest Road. You will be routed to shuttle parking near Farm Lane and Mt. Hope Road. The parking is free and the cost of the shuttle is $4.
From the north / south
Fans traveling to the football game on 127 (north or south) can exit onto Trowbridge Road. This route typically gets heavy traffic and may be congested because of the normal traffic flow in the area. Another option would be to take the Kalamazoo Street exit.
Fans with parking passes may want to use the route closest to their assigned parking area.
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