Spartan Stadium tailgate rules

EAST LANSING, MI - SEPTEMBER 29: General view of Spartan Stadium during a game between the Michigan State Spartans and the Ohio State Buckeyes on September 29, 2012 in East Lansing, Michigan. Ohio State won the game 17-16. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

EAST LANSING, Mich (WLNS) – Another Michigan State University football season kicks off Friday night against Furman University.

The game is set for 7:00 p.m. and that means tailgaters will have to wait until 3:30 p.m. to set up.

There are a number of parking lots on campus designated for tailgaters and there a number of rules that should be followed.

One of the biggest changes is that the entire MSU campus is tobacco-free. No tobacco products can be used on campus at any time, including during game days.

If you are going to tailgate you are encouraged to not come before 3:30 p.m. because no traffic lineups to enter parking lots will be allowed.

You can tailgate in all public parking areas on campus, including some that offer shuttle bus service to Spartan Stadium.

Alcohol is not allowed in the Munn Field parking area. That lot is ideal for family-friendly tailgating. If there is heavy rain the lot will be closed to protect the field. If fans are moved off Munn Field they will be asked to park in Lot 89, the commuter lot at Mount Hope Road and Farm Lane. Parking is free and a round-trip shuttle bus ride is $5.

Here is a summary of the tailgating rules:

  • 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′.
  • No tobacco products can be used on campus at any time

No bags of any sort are allowed inside Spartan Stadium. No purses, no diaper bags or camera/binocular cases will be allowed. You will have to return the bags to your car because stadium staff will not store the bag for you.

Michigan State University has an “open container” ban on campus. However, on game days that ordinance is suspended for people of legal drinking age during tailgate hours.

Munn Field is still alcohol-free, as are the pedestrian areas immediately adjacent to Spartan Stadium as well as all public areas of campus buildings.

You should also remember that open containers are not permitted in the city of East Lansing on any day.

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