Game day tips
Tailgating fans can find open spots around the campus in any public place. Not to get too tricky here, but take note that designated lots open at 7 a.m. for noon or 1 p.m. games, 9 a.m. for 3:30 p.m. games and 1 p.m. for evening games. Before the game, take part in the traditional team walk when fans line a path from the Kellogg Center to the stadium or touch the statue of the team’s namesake for luck. Since the 1970s, no football game would be complete without Zeke the Wonder Dog’s Frisbee-catching antics during halftime. As any university with a strong football program and deep history will attest, traditions are a huge part of being a member of their community. A small factoid: the Michigan State University marching band was founded in 1870 and originally made up of only 10 students, all of whom were Civil War veterans.
What to do
Autumn in Michigan is made up of the stuff that fronts picture-perfect postcards. Fall foliage drips from trees in perfect shades of burnt orange and brilliant red, and the weather is perfectly crisp. Take full advantage of the scenery with a stroll through Michigan State University, a campus full of historic brick buildings and during autumn, spreading lawns surrounded by the showcase of fall’s full glory. Linger in the outdoors by renting a bike from MSU’s Bikes Service Center and head toward the Northern Tier Trail, about five miles of paved pathways that takes just enough time to work up an appetite.
For something a bit out of the ordinary during a football weekend, plan to catch live music or a Broadway show at the Wharton Center for Performing Arts, and take a trip to the family-friendly Potter Park Zoo where you can meet some of the 500 animals that call it home. A short jog from town, The Country Mill satisfies any cravings for local, fresh Michigan cider and a dash through pick-your-own pumpkin fields. Don’t leave without feasting on its fresh-made donuts or taking some with you for the folks at home.