The Ultimate Spartan Stadium Rulebook for First Year Football Fans


The Michigan State football game day experience is one that nearly every freshman participates in in one way or another. But you might be wondering, what am I supposed to do? What are the songs? How soon will I arrive? What if I want to leave earlier?

I am here to help you. Not out of the kindness of my heart, but selfishly, because I want you all to be on your best behavior, and I want us, the upper classes, to not be able to pick you out immediately as you awkwardly stand there with your phone in your hand. as the alma mater begins to play.


The pre-game is perhaps one of the most important parts of the Michigan State football experience. The timing, activities and pace of your food and drink intake are critical. You may already be heading to a tailgate with your family or friends. The main thing here is to keep an eye on the clock and watch what you eat and drink.

Here I am going to tell a little story about myself. Before Michigan State-Penn State in 2019, I ate way too many burgers at Case Dining Hall with friends. I spent the whole time outside the door to get in, going back and forth to the port-a-potty. I then spent the first half inside the Spartan Stadium bathrooms, holding one of the four Spartan Stadium toilets.

Moral of the story, keep in mind what you eat…or drink before you go. You don’t want to miss those Spartan Stadium moments in the bathroom.

Arrive at Spartan Stadium, take your seat

Timing is everything when it comes to arriving at Spartan Stadium.

First, know who you’re going to the game with. If someone in your party is going to be hanging out, make sure they start getting ready earlier than usual. As a freshman, you may not know the personalities in your group, so be sure to plan ahead and communicate this to your group.

At the entrance, a bracelet with a color will be given to you. This color corresponds to your section. If it is the same as previous years, the pink section is closest.


An insider tip from a senior: if you want to sit well near the pink section for a lower opponent on the schedule like Western Michigan or Rutgers, you’ll want to arrive between an hour and an hour and a half before the opening hours. doors . For big games like Ohio State or Wisconsin, probably closer to three hours before the doors open.

Additionally, there is part of the student section that is actually shaded with the overhang above the press box. For this, arrive close to game time to avoid the sun on hot days or bad weather in late fall.


I won’t bore you with the words of the fight song or the alma mater because at some point you will get a keychain that will be attached with words to each. The fight song that you will sing along and no, nine times is not enough.

You sing it every time.

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At the end of the game, win or lose, you stay and put your arms around your fellow Spartans and sing the alma mater. No exceptions.

There are two things that are most important to the student fan experience. First of all, if someone says “Go green” to you, respond with “Go white” and don’t ask any questions. When the crowd says it both ways, raise both your arms and point them in the direction of the people you want to say the corresponding phrase to.

Second, bring your keys. All thirds of the Spartans are on defense, better see those wrenches jingle right in your face. I don’t care if you only have your room key, take them out.


Before the game, this is perhaps my favorite tradition. Before the match, the announcer will address the stadium with the weather forecast. Rain or shine, at the end you have to shout with the crowd: “It’s aaaaaaaa beeebeautiful day foooooooooorrrrr football!”. It doesn’t matter if it’s a blizzard or a monsoon, you say that every time. You didn’t go to a Big Ten school to complain about the cold.

After each Michigan State first down, wait for the rest of the crowd to get in and synchronize, but you have to shout, “One, two, three,” clap, then “First down, B—-!” “Again, no exceptions. Don’t miss it.


The new tradition at Michigan State is that when the team runs on the field, Fast Life Yungstaz’s Swag Surfin’ plays. Last year it drove me crazy to watch the student section with half energy participate in linking their arms and moving side to side or Swag Surfin’ like they just woke up there five minutes ago.

So please do us a favor by making us look good, put down your phone and Swag Surf. They got rid of AC/DC’s “Thunderstruck” after we complained enough, let’s refund it.

The rest of the hand movements and stuff will come with practice and careful observation, but these are the key.

When leave


If you’re a football freak like me, you stay until the final whistle. I mean, you paid for the ticket after all, why waste this time?

But let’s be honest, most of you have plans after. Places to go, more important things to do than watch Michigan State get beaten by Ohio State for the sixth straight season. Sorry for the lack of optimism, but when the Buckeyes beat Michigan State 142-29 during your college tenure, you lose faith.

At the bare minimum, unless there is an immediate emergency, you stay at least until half-time. The only time it’s okay to leave at halftime is in the middle of a big blowout. Some examples this year may be West Michigan, Akron or Ohio State. However, it is only acceptable to leave if the gap between the two teams is 25 points or more.

In the case of a midday blowout, I still think it’s unacceptable to leave before the end of the third quarter because you have the whole day ahead of you. Other activities you plan to attend can wait until 3-3:30 p.m.

As for a start in the fourth quarter, you stay until the game is in progress. If you go under three minutes in a game and Michigan State has the ball on first down and is ahead by 10 or more points, you’re free to go. Any more time than that or the other team in possession always leaves Michigan State in the danger zone of losing. This may be more of a feel-good situation, but stay until you feel the game is over safely.

Illinois in 2019 is the best example of waiting. After entering the fourth quarter with a 31-10 lead, Michigan State lost in regulation 37-34 as inbound transfer Daniel Barker caught a touchdown pass for the Illini with five seconds left for the icing.

Whatever you do with this information is up to you. All I can ask of you is that you show pride, act responsibly and have a good time.

This story is part of our 2022 mailed print issue. Read full issue here.


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