Michigan State University

GAME DAY TRADITIONS

Nickname:  Spartans
School Colors:  Green & White
Mascot:  Sparty

THE SPARTAN WALK & SPARTAN STATUE

The original terra cotta statue was dedicated in 1945 but has since been moved inside Spartan Stadium to save it from unfavorable weather conditions. In 2005, a bronze replica replaced the original at the... (more)

No matter what the conditions, just before kick-off, the announcer will report the weather, followed by “It’s a beautiful day for football,” often accompanied by the crowd.... (more)

SPARTY & MSU CHEERLEADERS

The first “Sparty” appeared in 1945 in the form of a terra cotta statue, representing a human-like warrior. Although the likeness of a Spartan mascot began to appear in different forms af... (more)

SPARTAN MARCHING BAND

In 1870, when MSU was still the Michigan Agricultural College (MAC), a group of civil war veterans returning to MSU founded a 10-piece brass band. Although the band is no longer all-brass, the only woodwind used is the saxophone. In 1885, with the establishment of a permanent military department at the college, the band became a Cadet Corps and received its fir... (more)

BAND WARM-UP ON ADAM'S FIELD

For band groupies, this is the place to hang out for a couple of hours before kick-off. Before the band even arrives, fans begin to gather on Adams Field, setting out blankets and picnic-type tailgates. Some stake out their place on the sidelines with lawn chairs for the impending show (there is no parking at Adams Field, but you can unload your supplies from Circle Drive and stay for the day). St... (more)

SCHOOL SONGS

MSU Fight Song In 1913, following wins against powerhouses Michigan and Wisconsin, student and “Yellmaster” Francis Irving Lankey was inspired to compose a fight song for the football team. The song was never published until 1919 when Lankey, who had become an instructor for the Army Air Corps after graduation, was killed in an air demonstration. At the 1919 Homecomi... (more)

SPINNING THE BLOCK

Assistant Director William Moffit also created the Spinning Block S, traditionally performed at every home game, pre-game show today. As the band plays the MSU Fight Song, the hollow Block S will appear to spin as it charges down the field.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QeWFHQoHGaY... (more)

DRUMLINE ON GRAND RIVER AVENUE

Two hours before kick-off, you can catch the MSU Spartan Drumline performing in the grassy median of Grand River Ave. in between the east and west bound traffic, just in front of the SBS Bookstore (421 E Grand River Ave). http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fp3CCwEafVU... (more)

Since 1999, the MSU Spartan football team has entered the field to AC/DC's "Thunderstruck." In 2007, clips from the movie "300" were added to accompany "Thunderstruck." Whenever the opponent is in a third down, a clip from "300" of King Leonidas shouting, "Spartans! What is your profession?" is played. A rousing response from the crowd always follows: "Haroo! Haroo! Haroo!" while thrusting th... (more)

The one cheer you are sure to hear at all MSU sporting events, home or away. Or perhaps even in a bar or walking down the street surrounded by MSU fans. One group will yell "Go Green!" answered by another group yelling "Go White!" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_BNn0UXDDvE... (more)

ZEKE THE WONDER DOG

When you visit East Lansing on game day Saturday, you might wonder what all the fuss is about the yellow lab you see visiting fans in the tailgate lots before the game. Until half-time rolls around, and you see that same lab out on the field, flying through the air at  amazing heights to catch a frisbee. Zeke the Wonder Dog has become a sort of 'unofficial' mascot at Michigan State home football ... (more)