Anne Erickson

EAST LANSING, MICHIGAN - NOVEMBER 19: Ben VanSumeren #13 of the Michigan State Spartans reacts after a sack against the Indiana Hoosiers during the second quarter of the game at Spartan Stadium on November 19, 2022 in East Lansing, Michigan. (Photo by Nic Antaya/Getty Images)

The Spartan Football Kickoff happens this Saturday (April 15). It’s always a super fun time. For one, it marks the start of spring. The event is also free.

The Spartan Football Kickoff is the 15th and final spring football practice. The format will be a 15-period practice with individual and group drills during the first half and live scrimmage during the second half.

Read on for what you need to know if you’re heading to the game this weekend.

  • Date and time

    The Spartan Football Kickoff is Saturday (April 15). The event officially starts at 2 p.m., but the stadium gates (gates B, C, D, J, K) will open at 12:30 p.m.

    Indiana v Michigan State

    EAST LANSING, MICHIGAN – NOVEMBER 19: Payton Thorne #10 of the Michigan State Spartans and Jayden Reed #1 of the Michigan State Spartans celebrate after the Michigan State Spartans scored a touchdown against the Indiana Hoosiers during the second quarter of the game at Spartan Stadium on November 19, 2022 in East Lansing, Michigan. (Photo by Nic Antaya/Getty Images)

  • Parking

    Parking is free on campus at lots 79, 63, 126 and ramp 7. Lot 62 has been reserved for accessible parking.

    Indiana v Michigan State

    EAST LANSING, MICHIGAN – NOVEMBER 19: J.D. Duplain #67, Elijah Collins #24, Tre Mosley #17 and Keon Coleman #0 of the Michigan State Spartans celebrate Collins touchdown against the Indiana Hoosiers during the third quarter of the game at Spartan Stadium on November 19, 2022 in East Lansing, Michigan. (Photo by Nic Antaya/Getty Images)

  • Promotions

    According to Michigan State, “MSU Athletics will have several free promotions throughout Spartan Stadium as part of the Spartan Football Kickoff. Fans will have a chance to visit the playing field, take photos wearing a Spartan helmet, shoulder pads and jersey, and take pictures with MSU trophies. There will also be games on the concourse in addition to a face painting station.”

    They add, “Fans can also stop by the Sparty’s Locker Room locations on the Spartan Stadium concourse (west side, gates C & K) to check out the selection of old game-used Michigan State Football jerseys on sale ($125).”

    Indiana v Michigan State

    EAST LANSING, MICHIGAN – NOVEMBER 19: Jonathan Haynes #17 of the Indiana Hoosiers intercepts a pass against the Michigan State Spartans during the third quarter of the game at Spartan Stadium on November 19, 2022 in East Lansing, Michigan. (Photo by Nic Antaya/Getty Images)

  • Give back

    The event helps a good cause, too. According to Michigan State, “In support and partnership with Cristo Rey Community Center, personal and baby care donated items will be accepted at all MSU Athletics events from April 14-16, including the Spartan Football Kickoff on April 15. Cristo Rey is a partner organization of the Izzo Legacy 5K Run/Walk/Roll.”

    Indiana v Michigan State

    EAST LANSING, MICHIGAN – NOVEMBER 19: Payton Thorne #10 of the Michigan State Spartans runs the ball against Dasan McCullough #0 of the Indiana Hoosiers during the third quarter of the game at Spartan Stadium on November 19, 2022 in East Lansing, Michigan. (Photo by Nic Antaya/Getty Images)

  • Additional information

    For information on what you are and aren’t allowed to bring, go here.

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