the opposite of going to UM football games. You get beer bottles thrown at you where at Michigan you only get jeers.
Spartan Stadium experience
its funny when we lose their are always certain types of ppl who have to make themselves feel better by finding wins in inconsequential things, like who's stadium is better. moral victories are everywhere when michigan loses the actual game.
I was planning on making a thread about this whether we won or not. I'm just saying, it wasn't a great place to be at all and I don't know if I'd ever go back.
I'm pretty sure this still would've been posted had we won. It has nothing to do with the outcome of the game unless you're reading that into it, or the author hinted at it and I just missed it.
It's funny that you don't know how to spell.
my only complaints were the fans of Sparty cheering everytime a cheapshot was taken at a michigan player. Not to mention constantly accusing the refs of cheating when clearly cheapshots were taking place at an absurd rate.
Before anyone wants to say it happens everywhere, I would also like to add I've been to South Bend, Happy Valley, and Madison and have never seen this classlessness from those fan bases. They would actually cheer when a kid got up from being hurt and not boo him for standing.
A total classless fan base.
I've even been to Ohio for a game and it really wasn't as bad as EL.
Seconded. And actually South Bend is a pretty decent place for an opposing fan. I thought that EL would be somewhere in between that and Columbus, but it was just as bad if not worse than going to OSU for a game.
Wisconsin students used to chant "Shoot him like a horse" when an opposing player went down with an injury. It was loud enough to hear throughout the stadium. Maybe they've stopped it recently but that chant was a staple in the 90s and 00s.
Didn't Michigan Stadium cheer when Stanton went down a few years ago?
That's an RCMB meme, but it's not true. I was there and the stadium (which was celebrating the fact that we got a 3rd-down stop) went silent once it was clear he was hurt.
I can't stand when people keep lying about this topic. 41:38. The cheers die down, whistles blow, it becomes quiet, and then cheers go back up once it is obvious that Stanton was hurt. Yes, it happened. Stop covering it up.
Who weren't even at the game making things up for those who saw it with our own eyes.
Listen to it again. It was 3rd down. They start cheering when we call timeout, and have obviously stopped them short of the first down. Just because the tv zooms in on Stanton doesn't mean 100% people could see him down. And keep listening to your own video...at the 42:38 mark the give the polite clap and cheer for him as he gets up and walks off the field. Not the act of a crowd "cheering his injury".
Don't tell people who were there what happened...and looking at your join date and posts, don't pretend to be a Michigan fan when you're probably just a Sparty trolling.
Even after we won in basketball, I still thought that Crisler is better than the Breslin.
But the amount of garbage blowing around on the field that I could see on TV spoke for itself...
Of trash in the stands was pretty bad too.
i had a good time there. the stadium doesnt compare to the big house, but not many do. the campus was nice, only came across one obnoxious fan.
Really was expecting more but it just makes me appreciate the Big House even more.
Gwen Stefani music at a college football game. Is Paul dead?
Get used to it, because that's where Michigan Stadium is headed, if it's not already there. How long before we have clips from Wolverine playing before third downs? Three years.
Brian's back! We don't have to avenge his death! (But maybe we should anyways.)
Surprise jerseys and pipped in Pop Evil are Brian's reoccurring nightmare.
Pretty much. It's coming. Look forward to ads on the boards by 2013.
Everybody in the conference is mic-ing their band now. We do it, as you know better than anyone. I witnessed Northwestern doing it last week, and Sparty doing it yesterday. I've heard the Badgers doing it too.
And it is funny, how time and events might change your perspective. I remember, ten or more years ago thinking that Spartan Stadium was very loud and very aggressive with its piped in stadium-rock. Wow, how perceptions can change. It seems like such a crappy low-end sound system and video board in E. Lansing now.
Look forward to ads on the boards by 2013.
I doubt it. Brandon may push the envelope in other ways, but I don't see how this one would happen. He's spoken too much on this topic ("Our fans have consistently said they don't want advertising") to go back on it now.
Oh and there was someone behind me that said "Why don't they sell beer in here? There's 100,000 people in here and they don't sell beer?" I wanted to turn around and educate him, but I didn't think it would be worth it. I don't know if he was a Michigan fan, msu fan, or neither.
There is too much concrete, definitely. It could use some brickwork around the outside, and the gas station should be moved. I think all of these are in the plans for the near future, MSU just doesn't have the same cash inflow that UM does. All upperdecks are high, hence why they are called upperdecks. If you don't want to climb that high, buy a lowerbowl seat.
The video board is awful, as was UM's up until they replaced it this year. However they are replacing it after this season I believe.
It gets absolutely raucus in there for close games.
I have never seen or heard a first person account of something being thrown by an MSU fan at another person at an MSU tailgate. I'm starting to wonder if these are purely made up allegations. Jeering? Absolutely, plenty of it, but I would expect that. Physical attacks are another level that I'm not sure are nearly as common place as some UMers would like to think. (The student tailgate area gets a little more 'energetic', as do the students at UM when a rival is in town)
And I've only been there for 4 games.
All due respect, I don't count internet posts as a first person account. I'm not saying you're lying, just that I don't know you.
...in the Big House thrown as a rainbow by drunk jackasses behind me, intended for the belligerent OSU jackass one row in front of me. I've never seen anything like it since, but it's worth noting that there are morons in every team's fan base...
While I was there (c/o 2008), there was this guy the student section we named "Hotdog Man", because he would return at halftime with 5-6 hot dogs and throw them to people. And nearly every time, he would get kicked out by the ushers for throwing hot dogs.
Maybe Hotdog Man is making a comeback?
My friend was hit by a cowbell last Michigan home game. Luckily we both turned or else it would have been a headshot. I think projectiles happen no matter where you go...
It would be nice to get a lower bowl seat, but the allotment Michigan State gives opposing teams are in the top 10 rows of the corners of each deck.
So, basically, go back to the RCMB.
In two weeks, we'll take care of business in an awesome stadium.
Living 10 blocks from it and being a football fan, you can hopefully understand why. Unless it's raining I always enjoy myself. It's loud against big opponents, and loud in key situations in all games. Tailgating, which is spread through campus, is very good, and the Red Cedar River corridor is pretty and classic in the fall.
I wouldn't want to sit near the student section, but then, that's probably true in most places. I've taken my little girl and not had any concerns about her safety or her experience. The band is good, and loud. The drum corps is fine. They do a good halftime show. The video board stuff is definitely cheesy, but I'm generally there to watch football. Usually I sit on the lower level, west side, among a lot of long-time ticket holders, most of whom are die-hard MSU fans (but not all! One guys an IU alum like me). The seats aren't great but they aren't bad either, and the fans know their stuff.
The outside, especially on the eastside, is definitely nothing special. The AD Dept has invested more in practice and other athletic facilities. The western tower is fine I guess, like most everybody's tower. Toilets on the west side are archaic, and lines are long.
I have walked around the student neighborhoods with M gear on, and gotten mild and good-natured heckling. I'm sure others have had it worse, but my own experience is what I have to report on.
There were a bunch of plastic bags blowing around Saturday. I hadn't seen that before, and I assume it's simply the crazy wind we were getting.
My daughter — the one shown in my photograph — was heavily recruited by State, and agreed to apply as a personal favor to one of the MSU faculty. We drove up from Ann Arbor and parked. A few minutes into our walk to the department office, she turned to me and announced in utter seriousness, "I can't go here, Dad".
"Why, honey?", I asked.
"Its all that green and white, all those S-es, the statues ... No, Dad, I can't."
That was such a "raised her right" moment for me.
Anyway, this is just to say that some would disagree with you about just how nice the MSU campus is.
P.S.: And then she broke my heart — and my wallet — by turning down a full tuition scholarship from Michigan and accepted a partial scholarship from Indiana. Kids today, sigh.
Can't wait to hear the same sort of comments spoken by my current 3 year old who is already intellectually superior to her old man.
It's kind of a weird situation. Wifey is a state grad, her whole family went to state, but they live in Ann Arbor. So, we visit, and I take the rascal on campus and point out the locations where "daddy did something cool as an undergrad."
And for the record, paying the half tuition at IU is so much better than it coulda been . . .
but this does come across as pretty sour-grapes-ish. If you think about why State fans hate Michigan, a lot of it has to do with elitism. And one reason I have always found it hard to hate on them is they operate at such a serious disadvantage funding- and prestige-wise. In fact, they have been killed by the legislature in the last few years, while M has been able to take advantage of its well-heeled alumni base and endowment to keep growing.
Dantonio is a petulant, lemon-sucking ass, and his team has clearly taken the lead from him and from Narduzzi's thuggish approach to D. (In fact, their ugly is making it easier for me to swallow the loss. They were the better squad, but we weren't far off. And besides, who would want to BE them?)
But making fun of their stadium? I dunno, not resonating with me right now.
True, although it is a pretty weak stadium compared to the quality elsewhere on their campus.
Damn straight. There's tons on money being spent on campus, but none of it at the stadium--yeah, the expansion, again, was not for the average fan. Obviously, as a season ticket holder, this is a sore point.
I was in section 121, row 25. Maybe five rows up there was a guy who looked like The Dude, with an extra 20 lbs, sunglasses, block M hat, and shorts. Constantly taunting msu fans and calling them the Tartans (green & gold = Wayne state) not even the msu brah's would challenge this guy. The entire second half he stood there with an unlit cigarette in his mouth, defiant until the end.
during the epic comeback game. My only complaint was that stupid 300 clip and cheer they did every third play.
As someone who walked around that campus for 3 years, that stadium is pretty average regardless of who is playing. It is just a generic box on a generic campus (don't let the "prettiness" confuse you - 5 minutes off campus looks like nothing), and it doesn't surprise me that they are playing it like a minor league baseball stadium. Good they won, but that stadium is crap.
The one thing I noticed that has not yet received comment was that the students got there asses out of bed in the morning. They were all over tailgating and their section was the first one full for a noon game. At the big house our student section is half empty until midway through the first quarter. They were also a bit more active and had more coordinated cheers. Maybe they just take more speed before the games.
Even back in the 80s as a student I noticed we were always pushing it to get to the game on time. Some things never change.
I only had one vulgar comment projected my way. Otherwise I thought it was much tamer than I thought it would be. Lots of UM and MSU fans were intermingled at the tailgate parties.
Overall I had a great experience. I am now spoiled with our video screens. Actually our old ones were better than the one State has.
That is a good point. The student section was almost full way before kickoff. It takes Michigan's forever and a day to finally all get there.
Outside of the UM game, MSU students are pretty bad about showing up on time for games. I agree that UM fans are not always there in droves to start, but so be it.
but then I pointed out how it could be because it was a rivalry game, and the same might not be said for say, a Florida Atlantic. Besides, I feel like our students show up for noon games on time when the opponent is a rival and/or big name program. With Ohio State on Thanksgiving weekend, the true test (assuming it is a noon start) will be when Nebraska comes to town.
but then I pointed out how it could be because it was a rivalry game, and the same might not be said for say, a Florida Atlantic. Besides, I feel like our students show up for noon games on time when the opponent is a rival and/or big name program. With Ohio State on Thanksgiving weekend, the true test (assuming it is a noon start) will be when Nebraska comes to town. As for my dislike of the stadium, it was the lack of bathrooms in the upper decks. The concourse was very crammed, and then there is only one bathroom for each gender. I left to go after UM's band had finished playing at halftime and I had trouble getting through the mob of people (and lines for concessions - really, in the space!), plus I was told by event staff that the lines would be very long. Not wanting to miss half of the third quarter, I decided to hold it until later. I know that we are fortunate to have such a great and unique stadium, but I feel at the level at which the upper deck is, an extra bathroom is quite necessary, plus the concessions at only the intermediate level should be quite sufficient.
One of the reasons the MSU students filled up their section relatively quickly is that they don't have assigned seats - those that get there first get the better seats.
I've been a season ticket holder at MSU for years, and I couldn't agree more. The place is old and needs as much attention as the Breslin Arena has gotten a couple of times over. They've added boxes for the beautiful people but the rest of us unwashed masses have to pee in a concrete trench. The place has no personality (other than concrete), and I have serious scoreboard envy. I'll take our team, but I'd take your stadium (even if they downsized it to match). The place must be paid for, that's all I can think of.
yeah .. good description for the asshat adults. The students I interacted with were good kids and they were not yelling insults to me or any other M fans around me. Much better behaved than the unwashed.
Actually the crowd was fairly well behaved, except for one asshat that was behind us inciting his brah's. I was upper deck next to the student section and had to pee before kickoff - thus entered the long line with the buzzed students ... and except for 1 asshat jr. the barbs were fun and I walked out with NO problems. I was in "full M gear" w/ jersey too. IMO the adults were FAR worse in the stands than the students.
As for the stadium. It's old, really old ... they need to spend that 1M that Izzo gave the football program just to bring the bathrooms out of the 1950's. I thought the view from the upper deck was good and seating was spacious. I think Michigan Stadium is louder.
Parking was OK, but traffic really bad as they didn't have police helping to direct traffic in or out. On a 1 - 10 scale I'll give it a 6.5. (just FYI - Northwestern was a 2).
they need to spend that 1M that Izzo gave the football program just to bring the bathrooms out of the 1950's.
They still have segregation? Now that's just offensive.
(Okay, I'm a dick.)
So many garbage flying in during the game, on the field, in the stands, just everywhere, Party was off the chart
are we really complaining about the garbage? there were 50 mph winds all morning and 80 thousand people in there, of course stuff was going to blow around. Go watch a Hawaii Game if you want to see true trash - both on the field and in the stands ; )
I was row 10 in the North Endzone yesterday at the game and I got so sick of the MSU fans complaining about the calls that the refs were making. Then at the end of the game a fan behind us was screaming at Mike Martin calling him a motherf***** and saying that you talked trash coming out of high school and then you never beat us. I never knew how bad MSU fans were until I went to that game yesterday they were terrible.
Yesterday was my first NCAA football game not in the Big House. I sat with a couple Michigan friends and Spartan friends in the student section.
I felt like I was in a toy stadium. I suppose I'm spoiled by Michigan Stadium, but Spartan stadium sucks in [my biased] comparison. The video
boards board (I hesitate to even call them/it that) were (was) terrible, and of course I couldn't see any replays on all of those questionable Spartan hits. The student section faces only a scoreboard and a literal shit ton of advertisement. Would I like some Coke with that late hit? Sure.
Did I mention there was no color, like, anywhere? I felt like I was in an asylum, or -- wait for it -- a prison. I guess they want their convict players to feel right at home when they play in Spartan Stadium (too soon? Ah, hell, whatever).
The girl behind me who was heckling me for wearing my maize sweatshirt wore a green and white hat that simply said "Play Dirty." That about sums up East Lansing for me.
Things went swimingly until the second half. As I was walking down to the concourse to use the bathroom I was kicked in the back and almost knocked down the stairs. I turned around to the guy with a "Seriously?" [insert WTF? look here] and he threw a punch at me. I approached the three (they need three at every entrance?) police officers by where I was sitting and told them what happened/who hit me. They said I provoked them because I was wearing maize and refused to do anything about it.
After the game (and Michigan's spectacularly bad loss) I was walking to my car (which received a ticket despite NO signage designating a no parking area) when I was approached by an old(ish) woman (I'm thinking mid-50s). She was shitfaced and she spat in my face. I, being the classy representative of U-M I am, said "Feel better now?"
Also, I hate East Lansing. Please, someone burn it down. Lord knows I would've but, heck, they've probably already beaten me to it /insertcouchburninghere.
and I know it was windy, but it was still nice of Meijer to give out free plastic bags for everyone in the stadium to throw towards the field. Made for a nice atmosphere I would imagine.
It was very quiet. I was very surprised because it was not an intimidating place at all.