The Green-White intrasquad game kicks off at 3 p.m. in Spartan Stadium.
EAST LANSING, Mich. – Michigan State football concludes its 15 spring practices under 10th-year head coach Mark Dantonio with the Green-White intrasquad game on Saturday, April 23 at 3 p.m. EDT in Spartan Stadium. A school-record crowd of 48,000 attended the 2015 spring game.
Parking is free (in Lots 63E/W, 67, 39/40, 41; Ramps 2, 5 and 7; Lot 62W has been reserved for disabled parking). Parking lots open at 10 a.m. Admission is free to the spring game, and the stadium gates (Gates B, C, E, J and K) open at 1:30 p.m.
Michigan State, which has posted a 36-5 record since 2013, is one of only four schools in the nation to play in a Bowl Championship Series Game (2014 Rose Bowl), a New Year’s Six game (2015 Cotton Bowl) and the College Football Playoff (2015 CFP Semifinal in the Cotton Bowl) in the last three seasons (Alabama, Florida State, Ohio State). The Spartans’ 36 wins since 2013 are fourth most in the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision. MSU (No. 3 in 2013, No. 5 in 2014, No. 6 in 2015) and Alabama (No. 7 in 2013, No. 4 in 2014, No. 1 in 2015) are the only schools to finish in the Top 10 of the last three final Associated Press Polls.
The first 20,000 fans will receive a commemorative poster, featuring infographics that highlight each of Michigan State’s 12 victories from 2015, including the dramatic 16-13 win over No. 4 Iowa in the Big Ten Championship Game, as well as the team’s top individual award winners from last season. In addition, both teams will wear a commemorative patch, celebrating MSU’s second Big Ten Championship in the last three years as well as the program’s first College Football Playoff appearance in the Cotton Bowl.
Prior to the spring game, MSU’s coaching staff and players will conduct a free youth football clinic, sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan. Children, ages 8-12, are invited to attend the youth clinic (no registration required) from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Parking Lots 79 and 56 will open at 9 a.m. for clinic participants. Last April, an all-time record 1,718 children participated in the annual youth football clinic.
Clinic participants will be assigned by age to a practice field to rotate through all drills (sites include: John and Becky Duffey Football Practice Fields, Duffy Daugherty Football Building indoor facility, Ralph Young Field and Forest Akers Trust Practice Complex on Munn Field). After completion of all drills, Coach Dantonio will address all youth clinic participants on the John and Becky Duffey Football Practice Fields, located off of Shaw Lane. The children will be dismissed from that location following Dantonio’s comments at approximately 12:30 p.m.
The purpose of the clinic is to introduce youngsters to the game by stressing fundamentals. No football gear is required. In addition, clinic participants will receive Country Fresh ice cream as well as a coupon for a complimentary hot dog and soft drink to be redeemed at a concession stand in Spartan Stadium during the spring game.
A limited number of press box seats – priced at $75 each – remain on sale for the spring game. (Note: Minimum age requirement is 12 for press box admission.) It marks the ninth year in a row that fans have an opportunity to purchase press box seats and enjoy the same view as the media that cover Spartan football. Proceeds from the sale of press box seats will benefit the George Webster Scholarship Fund. Fans may order press box seats online at msuspartans.com.
Additional spring game notes:
• Michigan State’s spring game will be televised live by the Big Ten Network, with Kevin Kugler and Jim Miller calling the action and Lisa Byington reporting from the sideline.
• Michigan State’s spring game also will be streamed live on BTN2Go, a live 24/7 digital extension of the Big Ten Network that gives fans the ability to watch the network live wherever they are via computer, smartphone or tablet. Full online access to BTN2Go is available to subscribers of participating TV providers at no additional charge. For more information, go to BTN2Go.com.
• BTN also will have highlights and analysis from Michigan State’s spring game on Saturday, April 23 at 9 p.m. ET on the “B1G Spring Football Report” with Dave Revsine, Gerry DiNardo and Howard Griffith.
• The Spartan Sports Network will broadcast the spring game, with a list of statewide affiliates to be published in the near future.
• Michigan State’s spring football games have attracted crowds in excess of 20,000 each of the last nine years, including a school-record 48,000 in 2015. Those spring game attendance figures have ranked among the nation’s Top 25 each of the last nine years (estimated attendance totals): No. 8 in 2015 at 48,000, No. 13 in 2014 at 35,000, No. 23 in 2013 at 22,500, No. 20 in 2012 at 21,000, No. 13 in 2011 at 35,000, No. 15 (tied with Arkansas) in 2010 at 30,000, No. 19 in 2009 at 26,000, No. 17 in 2008 at 27,000 and No. 11 (tied with Florida State) in 2007 at 25,000.
• The Spartan Bookstore will conduct its annual clearance sale in the Sideline Shop, located inside the south end of the stadium. The clearance sale also will feature merchandise and apparel from Spartan Spirit (MSU Union), Kellogg Center Gift Shop and the MSU Golf Pro Shop. Apparel and merchandise will be marked down from 25-75 percent. The Sideline Shop will open at 10 a.m.
• Fans are reminded no bags or purses are allowed inside Spartan Stadium. This includes but not limited to: no backpacks, purses of any size, camera cases, binocular cases, wallets not stored in pockets, bags, diaper bags, seat cushions with pockets that are used for storage. If any of these bags are attached to a person’s waist or wrist, they still are not allowed in the stadium.
• Those individuals with true medical needs will be directed to Gates C or K. Individuals entering those gates may bring the medical items in any bag. Those bags will be searched and tagged by an MSU Police Officer. The officer working that gate has the final determination if that item is a true medical need.
• Fans are reminded that the “open container” ordinance will be enforced on campus and in parking lots for the spring football game.
George Webster Scholarship Fund
The George Webster Scholarship Fund, created in February 2007 through the generosity of Jim Nelson (1960 MSU graduate from Ada, Michigan), provides opportunities for former student-athletes to return to Michigan State each year and complete their degrees. The 2015-16 scholarship recipient is former Spartan wide receiver Mark Dell (2007-10).
Born Nov. 25, 1945, in Anderson, South Carolina, Webster earned three letters for the Spartans from 1964-66, while playing for legendary head football coach Duffy Daugherty. The two-time consensus All-American and two-time all-conference selection helped Michigan State to a combined record of 19-1-1 in 1965-66 as the Spartans won back-to-back Big Ten Conference and National Championships. At 6-foot-4, 218 pounds, he revolutionized the roverback position with his size and speed. As a senior, Webster recorded 93 tackles, including 10 for losses, as Michigan State ranked third nationally in rushing defense, allowing just 51.4 yards per game. In 1967, he became just the second former Spartan to have his jersey number (No. 90) retired. Webster was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1987. He has been rated among the 100 Greatest Players of All-Time by CollegeFootballNews.com.
A first-round selection (No. 5 overall) by the Houston Oilers in 1967, Webster spent 10 years in the National Football League (Houston, 1967-72; Pittsburgh, 1972-73; and New England, 1974-76). He was selected the American Football League’s Rookie of the Year by United Press International after averaging more than 10 tackles per game in 1967. Webster played in three AFL All-Star Games, earning Defensive MVP honors in 1969. In 1970, he was named to the AFL’s All-Time Team (first team) by a special panel of Pro Football Hall of Fame voters.
Webster died of heart failure on April 19, 2007, at the age of 61.