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Spartan Stadium

Nappy's picture
July 14, 2014 at 12:43pm
44 Comments

In 2012 I posted a forum asking for info on Camp Randall and got tons of great info.  And after officially purchasing my OSU @ MSU tickets today, I was hoping for the same.  So if anyone has been to Spartan Stadium or knows their way around East Lansing, your input will earn you Mod upvotes. 

  • Where are the best tailgate spots?
  • Best places to park?
  • Best bars and restaurants?
  • Places to avoid?
  • How little do you give a damn?

Gracias, fellow Dubsters.

rkylet83's picture

I park in the Dunham's or Sears parking lot on Michigan Ave.  Its a quick walk towards the stadium and you can get out quickly and miss traffic.

I like Beggars Banquet.  They are reasonably priced and usually not jam packed with drunken idiots on gameday.

I would avoid dorms, frat house areas, etc.  You would have to go out of your way to get to them though.

Go Bucks! 

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Killer nuts's picture

I give no damns about that entire state

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BucksfanXC's picture

Live in Lansing, went to MSU so any questions and I'd be glad to answer.

Hotels:

Marriot: on campus MAC Ave and Albert, is as close as you'll get to the stadium, only hotel "On Campus" Very nice hotel, all the bars and downtown stuff is right outside the front door of this place (personal story- it is where I witnessed the riots of the NCAA tourney in April of 2005)

Quality Inn: Just off campus, walk to the bars downtown or quick cab ride anywhere, some chain restaurants across the street, this is just north west of campus. Real 2 star quality, it has a pool, lots of fans will be staying here from out of town, but don't expect to use the word "new" to describe it

Tailgating

Above guy who said parking is a "free" parking option but technically you could be towed, but I doubt you ever would, in fact, I've had people park there when I was in school for the entire weekend and it was fine. Walk from your hotel if you can, if not, park in the commuter lot area, south of campus, quite a walk if you can hack it (probably 2miles) and want to see most of the south side of campus, or take the shuttle buses.

Students will tailgate the tennis courts which is south of the stadium. This will be a younger crowd, drinking games, rowdy area.

Alumni frequent the Munn field outside the hockey arena, near the basketball arena as well. It will be civil here as the fans will be older. You can drink but everything has to be in a solo cup here, and they do patrol this.

North Campus (West Circle Drive) has a practice field where the band warms up before the game, it's a much smaller, toned way down kinda Skull Session but outdoors. Very friendly MSU fans will be here, some students but the ones with friends in the band most likely. The team isn't there so I shouldn't even compare it to a Skull Session, band warm up really sums it up.

Commuter lots (Jolly and Farm Lane) - lots of tailgating, they have shuttle buses to the stadium and back afterwards. Should be a pretty friendly crowd here too. Lots of alums, student's families, etc.

Bars:

Crunchy's - my favorite, lots of beer on tap, you can get it by the bucket, literally a few gallon mop bucket of beer with a pitcher to scoop and serve it to at least 4 ppl. Burgers are cheap but decent. Other bar type munchies are all good, pizza is good, thin crust style.

The Riv - dive, college bar. Think Out-R-Inn with less of a liquor selection. Mugs of Coors are usually on special, wouldn't vouche for the food, but they do apparently serve it there

Ricks - dive college bar in a basement. No food, or at least I'd say don't eat anything there. Lots of college kids dancing in the basement, live band will be there I'm sure

Hop Cat - pricer, more up-scale. 100 beers on tap. Excellent food but that beer selection. One is coming to C-bus in the near future so try it out now and be hipster to your friends when it does.

Harrison Roadhouse - bar and grill type place. Good food. Older crowd here, just off campus very close to the basketball arena, The Breslin Center

Peppinos - just went in next to the new Hop Cat. Sports bar, tons of TVs, tons of food options

BDubs - on campus, near the Marriot, you know what to expect here.

I'd also recommend if you are in town for a couple days or before you leave Sunday, go to Golden Harvest for breakfast. Long wait like Thurmans, cuz it only seats like 20 ppl and there is always a line outside but it is the place featured on the "Todd's Taste of the Town" when Blacklidge does those things. I think TravelChannel was there once too. It's good HUGE breakfast food. It's in Lansing, short drive from campus

I've got lots of other restaurants I can recommend for Friday dinners with the fam or Sunday on your way out, just ask.

No places to avoid I'd say as everyone should be pretty nice, except maybe second the stay away from Frats, off campus cheap student housing, etc.

If we get enough together we could do an 11W meet up. I'll be there for sure.

“Any time you give a man something he doesn't earn, you cheapen him. Our kids earn what they get, and that includes respect.”  - Woody

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Nappy's picture

This is great, thank you!  I looked at hotels closer to campus but everything was booked.  Ended up booking at the Ramada on the west side of Lansing.  Hop Cat sounds like something I'd like.  We'll be driving up from Indy Saturday morning and will probably grab lunch and start drinking. 
 

Fan of bacon since 1981

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BucksfanXC's picture

Indy is gonna get a Hop Cat too apparently. Well, it's a Grand Rapids bar that recently opened one in EL, then has plans for one in Ann Arbor and one in Detroit. Then he has said he wants to expand all across the Midwest for 10-20 places with the next several years, targeting college towns like Madison and Columbus, but Indianapolis is mentioned too. It's a great bar, try the Crack Fries and thank me later, they don't need the queso/bacon/peppers but they don't hurt.

Ramada in Lansing is a nice hotel, short drive down Michigan Ave to that "free" parking mentioned above. You will get to see downtown Lansing and the capitol too then, which is cool. Downtown there near your hotel is some cool stuff around the baseball stadium, home of the Lansing Lugnuts. There is a bar called the Tin Can that serves all it's beer in cans, lot of selection there too. The Nuthouse is a little sports bar there on the same block, all walking distance to your hotel if you want some after game places within walking distance.

Edit: There is a Ramada downtown Lansing and there is one on the west side, which I just re-read what you said that it was that one, so never mind all my downtown Lansing recommendations I guess. West Side is full of chain places and it actually has another Bdubs, but drive to EL and just park and walk to campus/downtown EL. There is a Culver's on the westside for those who said they've never had one of those. Or there is a Tin Can on the west side across from said Culver's that is the same as the downtown, but I've never been to that one, just the downtown one.

“Any time you give a man something he doesn't earn, you cheapen him. Our kids earn what they get, and that includes respect.”  - Woody

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Nappy's picture

I was just on the Hop Cat website and saw they're opening one in Broad Ripple here.  I was looking at their menu and first thing I saw was Crack Fries.  How can you not eat something called crack fries?

Fan of bacon since 1981

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BucksfanXC's picture

Yeah, they are just really seasoned with some salt and pepper and deliciousness. Highly recommend you just order some to start out while you look at the rest of the menu and then get some with your meal too! Mac and Cheese is only so-so, but the burgers and wraps are all gourmet for bar food.

“Any time you give a man something he doesn't earn, you cheapen him. Our kids earn what they get, and that includes respect.”  - Woody

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DaytonBuck1980's picture

Fantastic info. Thank you for the time and effort in posting this. Only thing you could have added would have been your neighborhood so that nappy and myself can avoid burning it to the ground in the unlikely event of another defeat

Still not giving a damn for the whole state of Michigan. 

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BucksfanXC's picture

I live far enough way that I should be safe.

You guys will love campus in November, it's really beautiful. Very much like OSU in that it's a landgrant, huge school. Not quite as big as OSU and Lansing isn't as big as C-bus, but similar in a lot of ways. Spartan Stadium just got some "upgrades" in that it added scoreboard/jumbotron and a ribbon of LEDs around the stadium. It's very 80s industrial, no real discerning features, but the view from the upper deck out over north campus is cool. Could be chilly and the wind isn't Illinois bad, but there aren't overhangs to shield you.

“Any time you give a man something he doesn't earn, you cheapen him. Our kids earn what they get, and that includes respect.”  - Woody

BucksfanXC's picture

I'm adding more on that I've thought about, especially hotels since the near campus ones are apparently full:

West Side hotels are all gonna be nice, newer and in very nice areas surrounded by mall/strip mall/chain restaurant type stuff. Short drive to campus down the highway or you can take surface streets and avoid traffic, but coming from the west will have a lot less traffic than coming in from the east. Cab ride back would probably be too expensive and I'm not sure cabbies would be thrilled to drive that far away from campus for one fare, but they will.

Okemos has a lot of hotels and is very close. It's like the upscale richer neighborhood that borders EL. Lots of nice restaurants and stuff around there too. If you stay in Okemos, just take surface streets to campus, don't even get back on the highway or else you'll be in stand still traffic. It will be different I'm sure with the late game start time, but still lots of people come in from SE MI and they take that Okemos exit to get to the south campus, commuter lot tailgates. You'll pass right by a liquor store on the corner of Jolly Road and Hagadorn, Big Ten Liquor.

If you stay in Okemos, try Backyard BBQ for great pita wrap sandwhichs, pulled pork, Gyros.

And I can't believe I forgot to mention Mennas! Everyone, after you are drunk, stumble to one of the Menna's locations -- one on the east side just off campus, and one in downtown EL near all the bars. It's grilled burritos, but with standard sanwhich filings instead of Mexican burritos. Soooo good drunk. It's open til like 4am, line out the door at 2:01am of all the drunks emptying from the bars and getting Menna's. Don't get in a fight in the line by screaming O-H too much cuz the Menna's Dub is worth it. I always go Cordon Bleu with Honey Mustard instead of Ranch dressing, but you can't go wrong and who cares you'll be drunk.

Few more bars worth mentioning:

Harper's Brewpub is next door to the Menna's and it has it's own brewed beer, but the food is overpriced and small portion sized and the beer isn't that great IMHO. I just avoid it, but I'll mention that. Just go on down to HopCat instead. Or around the corner to Crunchy's

Dublin Square is also a nice campus bar. Upper scale college kids, this is where the law school kids always hang out. Irish pub; food is very good, definitely try the Blue Crab and Brie Dip and get the homemade chips instead of or in addition to the bread to dip.

Peanut Barrel - great burgers, best burgers in EL. Get the Long Island Ice Tea as they are cheap and strong. Small bar so space is limited and the tiny patio is packed on a nice day.

There's a Bagger Dave's just north of campus now too, which has a good beer menu and good burgers, but it's a chain place you can get elsewhere, but still good.

Grand Traverse Pie Company if it's cold out has good warm soups and sanwhiches. Local grown stuff, good pies which they sell whole, by the slice or in little two/three person sizes.

“Any time you give a man something he doesn't earn, you cheapen him. Our kids earn what they get, and that includes respect.”  - Woody

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niblick's picture

Marriott & Kellogg both sold out

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UFest57's picture

I'm headed up and intend to use this checklist. Thanks for the info BFXC!

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DaytonBuck1980's picture

If any other 11 dubbers plan on attending we should definitely have an unofficial meet up somewhere and take over east lansing

Still not giving a damn for the whole state of Michigan. 

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DaytonBuck1980's picture

Threads like this are why 11w is such a great community. We ask and 4 hours later our trip is planned. Rock on buckeye nation. 

Still not giving a damn for the whole state of Michigan. 

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whiskeyjuice's picture

Oh can't wait for Buckeyes and Sparty to rematch last years B1G Championship game, and under the lights no less!

"Championships are not won on Saturdays in November. Championships are won on Tuesdays in August." -- Kerry Combs

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niblick's picture

Heading up friday at noon

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stefitony's picture

At the Corner of Mount Hope and Farm Lane there is a public parking lot (My sister works it).  Free parking but $5 round trip bus ticket to and from the front door of Spartan Stadium.  Directions assuming you will come in on 96.  Get off at Okemos Exit (Don't follow to 127 N) turn left and go to Mount Hope (About one mile and can only turn left).  Follow Mount hope to Farm Lane (Will not be able to miss it).  You will also miss all of the traffic from those less informed who go all the way to 127N. 

Good luck Saturday

Go Green!

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Mrph12's picture

Very happy someone started this thread. Good info. Thanks to everyone that posted

Im heading up Saturday morning and staying until Sunday. I'll see you guys East Lansing. Go Bucks!

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Defiance J's picture

This was awesome. I will be there! 

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Nappy's picture

I see a few Dubsters plan on attending.  We should have an unofficial 11W tailgate

Fan of bacon since 1981

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BucksfanXC's picture

Did you ever get over to the Hop Cat in Broad Ripple?

“Any time you give a man something he doesn't earn, you cheapen him. Our kids earn what they get, and that includes respect.”  - Woody

dc28's picture

I think I am going as well. I have been to East Lansing once, while I was in college and we practiced on their game field to prepare for Alma College. It was an overnight visit but we were not allowed to leave hotel. I will use the information on here as well.

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BucksfanXC's picture

Where we gonna meet? I'll be out starting about 1pm.

I'll be mostly be at the corner of Farm Lane and Mount Hope in the commuter lots. They have a shuttle that will drive you up to the stadium from there for $5. Get off at exit 110 off I-96W (before you get to the 127N exit where the road signs try to direct you, this will be a lot of traffic and there is no where to park there or it's expensive). Turn right off the exit and get in the left turn lane and take a left onto Jolly Rd. Go up to Hagadorn road and turn right (it's just passed the liquor store called Big Ten Liquor - you can pop in there for supplies). Take Hagadorm north up to Mt. Hope road and you turn left onto Mt. Hope, just passed the railroad tracks. Parking signs will direct you to the lots and the fields where they park cars to tailgate.

Some of you if you come from NW Ohio can come up 69 from Indiana. If you do that, take it to 96E to exit 110 in from the west. Then follow same as above. Depends on the time of day you are coming in I guess.

“Any time you give a man something he doesn't earn, you cheapen him. Our kids earn what they get, and that includes respect.”  - Woody

BucksfanXC's picture

I'll be out and about, hit me up likewise, I'll email ya my phone number!

“Any time you give a man something he doesn't earn, you cheapen him. Our kids earn what they get, and that includes respect.”  - Woody

zjhousley's picture

I am staying in Durand, Mi.  Only place I could find hotels.  I know it is about 30 miles away from EL.  Any advice for getting into and out of EL as easy as possible??  Thanks for all the other advice. We don't know anyone else going up and was looking for things to do, places to go.

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BucksfanXC's picture

There are hotels in Durand?! From Durand I'd just take 69 and there shouldn't be much traffic til you hit 127 which might be clogged up depending on the time of day. You can get off at the East Lansing exit before 127 and make your way south via surface roads but you could probably just chance it with 127

“Any time you give a man something he doesn't earn, you cheapen him. Our kids earn what they get, and that includes respect.”  - Woody

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zjhousley's picture

I certainly hope there is at least one hotel in Durand or I am going to be pretty disappointed come tomorrow evening.  Thanks for the advice...

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zjhousley's picture

I am thinking I will take 69 to Abbot and head South towards the stadium on Abbot.  Any good places to park along there that will get me back onto 69 East fairly quick once the game is over?  Thanks for any help by the way...

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BucksfanXC's picture

There's a huge lot behind the restaurant Renos on Abbott. It's a hike to the stadium and down Abbott is frat row so lots of drunks looking to harass Buckeye fans. But it's free and easy on off to get you back to 69. Renos is off of Abbott near Saginaw next to the Rite Aide at the corner. I've left my czar there overnight for games before

“Any time you give a man something he doesn't earn, you cheapen him. Our kids earn what they get, and that includes respect.”  - Woody

IH8UOFM's picture

I'm gonna probably hit East Lansing about 1:30pm on Saturday and head to my bros house to play a quick game of NCAA 2014 and grab lunch. Will then head out and look to mingle with anyone and everyone wearing red. Cant wait.

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BucksfanXC's picture

Yeah I'll be out and about from 1pm on. Weather is supposed to suck so all the bars along Grand River will be full I'm sure. Farther you get from Grand River and Michigan Ave the less crowded the bars will be. Renos is about 2 miles north on Abbott and doesn't usually have a line but that's a trek back down to the stadium. Some of the bars to the east side of campus are less popular near Hagadorn and Grand River

“Any time you give a man something he doesn't earn, you cheapen him. Our kids earn what they get, and that includes respect.”  - Woody

Defiance J's picture

I will have a tailgate in p40 lot.

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BucksfanXC's picture

P40 is about the second closest lot. That's outside where 90% of my undergrad classes were. Short walk to the stadium or anywhere to the bars

“Any time you give a man something he doesn't earn, you cheapen him. Our kids earn what they get, and that includes respect.”  - Woody

Defiance J's picture

Awesome. Thanks! 

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Doc's picture

Thanks for all the great info.  I'm going up Friday afternoon.  It says that the parking lots do not open until 1:00, is this true?  Our group has a pass for lot V.  Where is that in relation to the bars and such.  I'm sure we won't want to stand out in the rain all day.

"Say my name."

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BucksfanXC's picture

Not that far of a walk. Walk thru the tennis courts at your own risk as that is drunk kid central. Then passed the stadium to the bars north of campus and you can walk back down at game time. You will get a good tour of campus this way. Your lot is outside the dorms where all the athletes stay on campus.

Not opening til 1 is something I can't really speak to because I've never tailgated for a night game except when I was in school and didn't have to worry about parking but if you have a pass I wouldn't see why you couldn't go in early and I doubt they'd make you leave and come back in but I guess they could be that stupid. It is parking enforcement we are talking about 

“Any time you give a man something he doesn't earn, you cheapen him. Our kids earn what they get, and that includes respect.”  - Woody

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Doc's picture

Thanks XC.  Your info is priceless.  Enjoy the game.

"Say my name."

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builderofcoalitions's picture

I'm going to the game as well. We booked a room in Marshall and plan on hitting Darkhorse brewpub before driving the final 45 minutes up to East Lansing. My wife's cousin went to MSU and suggested the following...

Hopcat is right up your alley-like 120 beers on tap-food is bar food but tasty, beggars banquet has tasty food and drinks and wine, peanut barrel has bomb long islands, and the strip mall on hagadorn has good pizza at pizza house, good sushi at sansu and good Indian at sindu... Depends on where you are staying. There's likely free parking nearby. You can leave a car and get around without one easily. Most cabs are $3 and will take you anywhere in the city limits for that rate. And the CATA bus system is cheap. Have fun watching your team get smashed in the mouth again

LULZ on that last comment.

Because we couldn't go for three.

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BucksfanXC's picture

That's all good advice. Hannah plaza might not have the shuttle anymore since the College bookstore closed. But pizza house or someone else might have picked up that slack and have a shuttle offer.  Pizza house HS great food and there's a jimmy johns and a Mennas there too. I highly recommend Mennas. I spoke about it above too as drunk food but it's a good pregame snack too

“Any time you give a man something he doesn't earn, you cheapen him. Our kids earn what they get, and that includes respect.”  - Woody

tolgademirel's picture

For those Buckeyes that like loud music and partying in a parking lot....come join us!

We are bringing our entire tailgate equip (55" with Satellite, LOUD ASS speaker setup, and a DJ)

We don't yet know the exact lot we will be in but we'll post an update to our tailgate page:

www.facebook.com/twoturks

We plan to piss off as many MSU fans as possible!

Go Bucks!

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niblick's picture

Went to hopcat tonight, loaded crack fries and porter braised beef sandwich.  Hoooooollyyy shiiiit.  If youre in EL and dont get some loaded crack fries before you go home, you lose at life, plain and simple.  Going back tomorrow at lunch before hitting the stadium and picking up another order.

first piece of ass vs first order of crack fries, tough call....its seriously on that level

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BucksfanXC's picture

Glad you like it. Cbus is gonna get one

“Any time you give a man something he doesn't earn, you cheapen him. Our kids earn what they get, and that includes respect.”  - Woody

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tolgademirel's picture

Well be LOT N what about everyone else

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