About Spartan Stadium
In East Lansing, Michigan, not too far from the hustle and bustle of Detroit, stands Spartan Stadium. Home of NCAA football for Michigan State University for nearly a century, this massive 75,000-plus capacity open-air football stadium is the sixth-largest stadium in the Big Ten, is notorious for providing a huge home-field advantage, and is also known as the tallest building in East Lansing. This is one hefty mother of a stadium!
The History of Spartan Stadium
Spartan Stadium opened in 1923, bearing the name College Field. At that time it only had a 14,000-seat capacity, but that wouldn’t last. In fact, by 1935, that capacity was raised to 26,000, and the stadium was given a new name: Macklin Field, in honor of former coach John Macklin. This venue just kept getting bigger, though, and in 1948 it was renamed Macklin Stadium after raising its capacity to a nice, round 50,000 seats.
Expansion continued, with the quickly-growing venue being renamed Spartan Stadium in 1957. The outdoor arena would continue to be expanded, refurbished, and renovated going forward, with its last major reno occurring in 2005 to completely modernize the stadium, creating a melding of old-school 20th-century architecture and brand-new cutting-edge amenities and design.
What Makes Spartan Stadium Events So Special?
Big, bold, and beautiful, this venue is always popping. There’s nothing like being in a crowd of 75,000 cheering fans – it’s an experience you have to have at least once in your life!
Frequently Asked Questions
Where is Spartan Stadium located?
Spartan Stadium is located at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan.
What kind of events does Spartan Stadium host?
Football is the main event at this venue. But, it’s not the only Spartan Stadium sporting event; the center field is occasionally converted for NCAA ice hockey games. In fact, for one game in 2001, Spartan Stadium holds the world record for the biggest ice hockey crowd ever at 74,554 fans.
Other than sports, Spartan Stadium also hosts the occasional concert. Over the years, it’s been host to big arena shows from The Rolling Stones, Florence and the Machine, U2, Lenny Kravitz, Blind Melon, Bryan Adams, and more.
Which team is playing at Spartan Stadium?
Spartan Stadium has been the home of the Michigan State Spartans NCAA football team since the venue opened in 1923. That’s a long time in one place!
Where can I park for free at Spartan Stadium?
Michigan State University has abundant parking available for Spartan Stadium sporting events and costs $20.
What is the seating capacity of Spartan Stadium?
Spartan Stadium sporting events can host up to 75,000 cheering fans.
Who owns Spartan Stadium?
Spartan Stadium is owned by Michigan State University.
How do I get to Spartan Stadium using public transport?
There aren’t too many public transport options for fans attending Spartan Stadium events. Aside from a few bus routes, you’re out of luck. However, the stadium does have a shuttle that transports fans between the various parking lots. Also, Uber or Lyft are always great driving-alternative options if you wish to save some cash on parking.