East Lansing Buzzing As Michigan Weekend Gets Closer

Kyle FeldscherContributor IOctober 1, 2009

ANN ARBOR, MI - OCTOBER 25:  Javon Ringer #23 Michigan State Spartans celebrates with fans as he leaves the field after beating the Michigan Wolverines 35-21 on October 25, 2008 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

It’s tough to imagine anything better than Michigan weekend in East Lansing.

As classes start wrapping up for the week today and Friday, the excitement level in town keeps rising and rising. The various plans being made for parties the night before, tailgates and parties the night after the game are at once stunningly awesome and spelling bad news for residents all over the mid-Michigan area.

This is the type of weekend Spartan fans live for.

The phone calls from friends we haven’t seen in so long because they attend other schools are starting to come in, looking for a place to stay and things to do. It’s the type of weekend that makes all of us glad we’re not East Lansing police officers.

The noon start time should throw some tailgates out of whack, but there are reports of tailgates getting started early Saturday morning all around campus. There are few things in life that can get a college student up at 4:00 am, but tailgating for the Michigan game is definitely one of them.

After being pent up for three weeks, with heartbreaking loss piled on heartbreaking loss, MSU’s campus is ready to let loose. You can just feel it in the air.

This town needs a win just as much as the team on the field does.

The intermingling of Spartans and Wolverines (and people wearing yellow who happened to attend Eastern, Western, Central or Washtenaw Community College) is a sight to behold. There’s nothing quite like watching a drunk Michigan fan losing all coherence after discovering what real tailgating is like for the first time.

The game on the field is, of course, the most important part of the weekend.

Spartan Stadium during the Michigan game is an incredible experience—the atmosphere isn’t even close to any other game all season.

It’s the one game a year when noise coming from the student section is often matched by the rest of the stadium. With the stadium’s two tiers keeping that noise from escaping, it makes life rough for opposing offenses.

As the hours keep ticking by until Saturday morning, the anticipation in town is growing more and more. Grand River Avenue is already starting to swell with cars as people continue to make their way into East Lansing.

This weekend has been circled by Spartan players and fans alike since the schedule was released.

It's definitely time to prepare for glory.