I’m a Spartan and graduated from Michigan State University both with my undergrad and graduate degree. I’m also a huge football fan. But, considering how players have been spilling out of MSU’s current football program, I’m a bit perplexed by the program’s move to have MSU play at Ford Field this Black Friday. Maybe I just feel like we haven’t earned that honor.
Michigan State at Ford Field: Cons
Besides, as SpartanAvenue.com points out, this means the Spartans are losing a home game. With our poor showing last season, we need all the home-field advantages that we can get. We also don’t know what that will mean for Senior Day. Will it take place at the home game before this one?
The Game Details
Regardless of what the fans think, MSU football’s final game of the season is set for Ford Field in Detroit on Black Friday. The game will close out the 2023 regular season against Penn State. The last time the team played a Michigan State Ford Field game was back on September 11, 2010. The game will air on NBC and stream on Peacock, on Friday, Nov. 24 at 7:30 p.m.
“This is a unique opportunity, for both our football program and our fan base, to play a Black Friday game at Ford Field,” MSU vice president and director of athletics Alan Haller said in a press release. “Southeast Michigan is home to 100,000 alums, nearly 50 percent of our student body and countless more Spartan fans. Our men’s basketball team has experienced tremendous support in Detroit, both at Ford Field and Little Caesars Arena, and we’re excited to bring Spartan Football to our fans in the Motor City. The city is important to our mission not only as an athletic department, but our entire University. We anticipate that the experience will be so much more than a football game for our Spartan faithful.”
“This is an exciting opportunity for our program to play in prime time on a holiday weekend,” MSU head football coach Mel Tucker said in a statement. “Our players will be able to compete in an NFL environment while being showcased in the national spotlight. I’m looking forward to our fans creating a loud atmosphere and giving us a home-field advantage at Ford Field.”
Season ticket holders and student season pass holders will get refunds for tickets and parking to the originally scheduled Penn State game at Spartan Stadium. For more information, go here.