When the stadium originally opened in 1923, it was called College Field. Not a rousing name, but then again, neither was the Michigan Agricultural College's football team.
A few decades later, MAC had become the Michigan State College of Agriculture (MSC), and had adopted the Spartans moniker.
Now Michigan State University and a member of the Big Ten, the university has invested in the athletic program, and Spartan Stadium in particular. The stadium is known for it's rowdy student section and its confining field perimeter.
The 75,005 seats in Spartan Stadium seem to be almost on top of the field. In fact, along the sidelines, the front row of stands is uncomfortably close behind the benches, and fans in the front row can peer down directly at the players squeezed on the sidelines. In the end zones, padding had to be placed at strategic places on the wall to prevent punishing collisions with the concrete.
MSU fans also have several game day traditions that play upon the popular movie 300, including the call from Spartan king Leonidas, “Spartans! What is your profession?” to which the MSU crowd responds in the same manner as the Spartan warriors in the movie. The “Gp Green! Go White” chant is also a MSU favorite.
Finally, as weather frequently plays a role in games in Michigan, as the pregame forecast is read, the announcer (along with the crowd) concludes it with, “it's a beautiful day for football!” regardless of rain, snow, sleet, wind, or a combination of all four.
The Spartans managed another season without losing a game at home. Spartan Stadium is quickly becoming one of the most difficult stadiums in which to win a road game.
Michigan State's 10-3 finish to the 2011 regular season marks the second-consecutive 10-win-plus season for the Spartans—a first in the long and storied history of the program.