Evanston is a city in Cook County, United States, 12 miles north of downtown Chicago, bordered by Chicago to the south, Skokie to the west, Wilmette to the north. It had a population of 74,486 as of 2010, it is one of the North Shore communities that adjoin Lake Michigan and is the home of Northwestern University. The boundaries of the city of Evanston are coterminous with those of the former Evanston Township, dissolved in 2014 by voters with its functions being absorbed by the city of Evanston. Prior to the 1830s, the area now occupied by Evanston was uninhabited, consisting of wetlands and swampy forest. However, Potawatomi Indians used trails along higher lying ridges that ran in a general north-south direction through the area, had at least some semi-permanent settlements along the trails. French explorers referred to the general area as "Grosse Pointe" after a point of land jutting into Lake Michigan about 13 miles north of the mouth of the Chicago River. After the first non-Native Americans settled in the area in 1836, the names "Grosse Point Territory" and "Gross Point voting district" were used through the 1830s and 1840s, although the territory had no defined boundaries.
The area remained only sparsely settled, supporting some farming and lumber activity on some of the higher ground, as well as a number of taverns or "hotels" along the ridge roads. Grosse Pointe itself eroded into the lake during this period. In 1850, a township called Ridgeville was organized, extending from Graceland Cemetery in Chicago to the southern edge of the Ouilmette Reservation, along what is now Central Street, from Lake Michigan to Western Avenue in Chicago; the 1850 census shows a few hundred settlers in this township, a post office with the name of Ridgeville was established at one of the taverns. However, no municipality yet existed. In 1851, a group of Methodist business leaders founded Northwestern University and Garrett Biblical Institute, they chose a bluffed and wooded site along the lake as Northwestern's home, purchasing several hundred acres of land from Dr. John Foster, a Chicago farm owner. In 1854, the founders of Northwestern submitted to the county judge their plans for a city to be named Evanston after John Evans, one of their leaders.
In 1857, the request was granted. The township of Evanston was split off from Ridgeville Township; the nine founders, including John Evans, Orrington Lunt, Andrew Brown, hoped their university would attain high standards of intellectual excellence. Today these hopes have been fulfilled, as Northwestern ranks with the best of the nation's universities. Evanston was formally incorporated as a town on December 29, 1863, but declined in 1869 to become a city despite the Illinois legislature passing a bill for that purpose. Evanston expanded after the Civil War with the annexation of the village of North Evanston. In early 1892, following the annexation of the village of South Evanston, voters elected to organize as a city; the 1892 boundaries are those that exist today. During the 1960s, Northwestern University changed the city's shoreline by adding a 74-acre lakefill. In 1939, Evanston hosted the first NCAA basketball championship final at Northwestern University's Patten Gymnasium. In August 1954, Evanston hosted the second assembly of the World Council of Churches, still the only WCC assembly to have been held in the United States.
President Dwight Eisenhower welcomed the delegates, Dag Hammarskjöld, secretary-general of the United Nations, delivered an important address entitled "An instrument of faith". Evanston first received power in April 1893. Many people lined the streets on Emerson St. where the first appearance of street lights were lined and turned on. Today, the city is home to Northwestern University, Music Institute of Chicago, other educational institutions, as well as headquarters of Alpha Phi International women's fraternity, Rotary International, the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, the National Lekotek Center, the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity, the Sigma Chi Fraternity and the Woman's Christian Temperance Union. Evanston is the birthplace of Tinkertoys, is the one of the locations having originated the ice cream sundae. Evanston was Company, which for many years supplied the most jobs. Evanston was a dry community from 1858 until 1972, when the City Council voted to allow restaurants and hotels to serve liquor on their premises.
In 1984, the Council voted to allow retail liquor outlets within the city limits. According to the 2010 census, Evanston has a total area of 7.802 square miles, of which 7.78 square miles is land and 0.022 square miles is water. As of the census of 2010, there were 74,486 people, 30,047 households, 15,621 families residing in the city; the population density was 9,574.0 people per square mile. There were 33,181 housing units at an average density of 4,264.9 per square mile. The 2010 census showed that Evanston is ethnically mixed with the following breakdown in population: 65.6% White, 18.1% Black or African American, 0.2% American Indian or Alaska Native, 8.6% Asian, 0.02% Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, 3.6% some other race, 3.8% from two or more races. 9.0 % were Latino of any race. There were 30,047 households, out of which 26.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 39.8% were headed by married couples living together, 9.7% had a female householder with no husband present, 48.0% were non-families.
37.5% of all households were made up of individuals, 10
1999 Illinois Fighting Illini football team
The 1999 Illinois Fighting Illini football team represented the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign in the 1999 NCAA Division I-A football season. They participated as members of the Big Ten Conference, their home games were played at Memorial Stadium in Illinois. The team's head coach was Ron Turner; the team earned a MicronPC Bowl berth, defeated Virginia, 63–21
Bowl Championship Series
The Bowl Championship Series was a selection system that created five bowl game match-ups involving ten of the top ranked teams in the NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision of American college football, including an opportunity for the top two teams to compete in the BCS National Championship Game. The system was in place for the 1998 through 2013 seasons and in 2014 was replaced by the College Football Playoff; the BCS relied on a combination of polls and computer selection methods to determine relative team rankings, to narrow the field to two teams to play in the BCS National Championship Game held after the other college bowl games. The American Football Coaches Association was contractually bound to vote the winner of this game as the BCS National Champion and the contract signed by each conference required them to recognize the winner of the BCS National Championship game as the official and only champion; the BCS was created to end split championships and for the champion to win the title on the field between the two teams selected by the BCS.
The system selected match-ups for four other prestigious BCS bowl games: the Rose Bowl Game, Fiesta Bowl, Sugar Bowl and Orange Bowl. The ten teams selected included the conference champion from each of the six Automatic Qualifying conferences plus four others; the BCS was created by formal agreement by those six conferences and the three FBS independent schools, evolved to allow other conferences to participate to a lesser degree. For the 1998 through 2005 seasons eight teams competed in four BCS bowls, it had been in place since the 1998 season. The BCS replaced the Bowl Alliance, in place from 1995 to 1997, which had followed the Bowl Coalition, in place from 1992 to 1994. Prior to the Bowl Coalition's creation in 1992, the AP Poll's number one and two teams had met in a bowl game only eight times in 56 seasons; the AP's top two teams met 13 out of the 16 seasons. In the 2014 season, the BCS was discontinued and replaced by the College Football Playoff, which organizes a four-team playoff and national championship game.
The NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision is the only NCAA-sponsored sport without an organized NCAA tournament to determine its champion. Instead, the postseason has consisted of individual bowl games; the bowl system began in 1902 with the first East-West game in Pasadena, held at Tournament Park on New Year's Day in conjunction with the Tournament of Roses parade. This game was an exhibition game pitting a rated team from the west coast against a team from east of the Mississippi River; this was an ideal time for a postseason game, as fans could take off work or school during this holiday period to travel to the game. In the first game, the University of Michigan Wolverines represented the east and defeated the west's representative Stanford by a score of 49–0. Due to the lopsided victory the game did not resume until 1916; the game was renamed the Rose Bowl in the 1920s when play shifted to the Rose Bowl stadium, built by the city of Pasadena in conjunction with the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Association.
By the 1930s, the Cotton Bowl Classic, Orange Bowl, the Sugar Bowl were held on January 1 to showcase teams from other regions of the country. By the 1940s, college football conferences began signing contracts that tied their championship team to a particular bowl. In 1947, the Big Ten Conference and the Pacific Coast Conference, a forerunner of today's Pac-12 Conference, agreed to commit their champions to play in the Rose Bowl every year, an agreement that continued under the BCS; this system raised the possibility that the two top-ranked teams in the final poll would not play each other in a bowl game in situations when there was a clear-cut top two. Indeed, since the AP began releasing its final poll after the bowl games in 1968, the two top-ranked teams in the final regular-season AP Poll had only played each other in a bowl six times until special bowl arrangements began in 1992. Under these circumstances, it was not uncommon to have the Coaches Poll crown a different national champion than the AP Poll, resulting in a split championship.
This situation arose a total of ten different seasons. For example, in 1991, the University of Miami Hurricanes and the University of Washington Huskies both finished the regular season undefeated and were considered the strongest teams in the nation. Since the Huskies were locked into the Rose Bowl as the Pac-10 Conference champion against Big Ten champion Michigan, they could not play then-independent Miami, who played in the Orange Bowl. Both teams won their bowl games convincingly and shared the national championship, Miami winning the Associated Press poll and Washington earning the top spot in the Coaches Poll. A split national championship has happened on several occasions since as well. Other teams have won the national championship despite playing weaker schedules than other championship contenders; the BYU Cougars ended the 1984 season as the only undefeated and untied team in the nation, the nine-time defending champions of the Western Athletic Conference. The Cougars opened the sea
Michigan–Michigan State football rivalry
The Michigan–Michigan State football rivalry is an American college football rivalry between the University of Michigan Wolverines and Michigan State University Spartans. Since 1953, the winner of each year's game has received the Paul Bunyan Trophy; the teams first played in 1898 and have met every year since 1910. 44 of the first 50 games were played in Ann Arbor, but since U of M and MSU have played 30 home games against each other. The competition became a conference rivalry with Michigan State's entrance into the Big Ten Conference in 1950; the teams have met 111 times with Michigan winning 70 games, Michigan State winning 36 games, five games ending with the score tied. Michigan dominated the series for the first half century, compiling a 33–6–3 record from 1898 to 1949; the tide shifted to Michigan State in the 1950s and 1960s, as the Spartans under head coaches Biggie Munn and Duffy Daugherty compiled a 14–4–2 record from 1950 to 1969. The tide shifted back to the Wolverines as Michigan compiled a 30–8 record against the Spartans from 1970 to 2007.
Since 2008, Michigan State has dominated the series with an 8–3 record. Michigan State's longest winning streak against Michigan is four games. Michigan's longest winning streak against Michigan State is 14 games; the game's trophy is the "Paul Bunyan – Governor of Michigan Trophy", or the Paul Bunyan Trophy. It is a four foot tall wooden statue of Paul Bunyan, the giant lumberjack of American folklore, on a five-foot base, it reflects Michigan's history as a major lumber-producing state. The trophy was first presented in 1953 by governor G. Mennen Williams to commemorate Michigan State's joining the Big Ten Conference; when the trophy was created in 1953, Michigan athletic director and former head coach Fritz Crisler refused to take the trophy if Michigan had won the game. Michigan State won the first game for the Paul Bunyan Trophy in 1953, displaying it proudly in Jenison Fieldhouse; the following year in 1954, the trophy was left on the field for half an hour after Michigan defeated the Spartans 33–7.
"We'll find a place for the trophy," Crisler told The Michigan Daily after game. The Paul Bunyan Trophy was stored in the Michigan Stadium locker room in one of the equipment closets. Despite winning in 1954 and 1955, Michigan did not engrave their scores onto the neglected trophy; when the Spartans won in 1956, they engraved the Wolverine victories onto the trophy. The 1958 game was a 12–12 tie; the favored Spartans were so embarrassed that they didn't win, they refused to keep the trophy while Michigan refused to take the trophy. Michigan State relented and kept the trophy. Despite its rocky start, the Trophy has become an important icon for both Universities, as a symbol of football supremacy in the State of Michigan; the first game in the rivalry between Michigan and Michigan State was played in Ann Arbor on October 12, 1898, with Michigan defeating the Aggies 39–0. The Detroit Free Press wrote that the game was "essentially a practice game," as Michigan played 25 different players during the game.
Charles Widman was "the strongest ground-gainer" for Michigan. In the second half, Keena kicked a field goal from a place-kick, "the first time a Michigan eleven has scored in that fashion." After the 1898 shutout, Michigan sent its freshman team against Michigan Agricultural for the next three years. The two rivals have played each other more than 100 times since the inaugural meeting in 1898. 1902. Michigan's 1902 team finished 11–0, outscored opponents 644 to 12, became known as the second of head coach Fielding H. Yost's "Point-a-Minute" teams; the Wolverines faced Michigan Agricultural on Wednesday, October 8, 1902, defeated the Aggies 119–0. Michigan was held on downs only once in the game, the Aggies made only three first downs. Right halfback Albert Herrnstein ran back a kickoff the length of the field and scored seven touchdowns in the game. Willie Heston and Everett Sweeley did not play in the game, the Detroit Free Press noted: "The opinion is quite general that if Heston and Sweeley had been in the game the Buffalo record would have been beaten, but, as it was, Michigan was fagged out running down the field for touchdowns."
The game was played in halves of 18 minutes. With 119 points in 38 minutes of play, Yost's Point-a-Minute squad averaged 3.1 points per minute against the Aggies. After the game, The Newark Advocate wrote: "Michigan has undoubtedly the fastest scoring team in the world, the Ann Arbor boys play Yosts"hurry up' formations like clock work, it requires a fast team to take the ball, line up and score 119 points if they have no opponents in two 20 minute halves."1908 After losing to the Wolverines in the first three games between the programs, the Aggies played the Wolverines to a scoreless tie on October 10, 1908. The game was played in front of 6,000 spectators at East Lansing's College Field, the Aggies' fans "went wild with delight" when the game ended. In Ann Arbor, the result was met with disbelief among Michigan fans; the Detroit Free Press called it "the greatest game of football seen in this part of the state." The Michigan Alumnus opined that the Wolverines were outplayed and would have been defeated had it not been for Dave Allerdice punting out of danger.
1910. On October 15, 1910, Michigan beat Michigan Agricultural 6–3 at Ferry Field; the 1910 Aggies compiled a record of 6–0 and outscored opponents 165 to 2 against teams other than the Wolverines (including a 17–0 victory over Notre Dame. Prior to the Michigan game, the M. A. C. student body adopted the slogan, "On to Michigan." After a scoreless first half, the Aggies blocked two punts in
ESPN Events is an American sporting event promoter owned by ESPN Inc. It is headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, shares its operations with SEC Network and with ESPNU; the corporation organizes sporting events for broadcast across the ESPN family of networks, most prominently, a group of college football bowl games and in-season college basketball tournaments. ESPN Events operated as a syndicator of college sports broadcasts. After ESPN purchased the merged company, the division was renamed ESPN Regional Television, which distributed telecasts for syndication on broadcast stations and regional sports networks. Most of ERT's broadcasts were presented under the on-air branding ESPN Plus, but this name was phased out in favor of dedicated on-air brands for each package, such as SEC Network. Following its acquisition of the Las Vegas Bowl in 2001, ERT began to double as an organizer of sporting events; the subdivision, which began to operate under the name ESPN Events, would acquire and establish other bowl games to provide additional post-season opportunities for bowl-eligible teams.
ESPN Events organizes several pre-season tournaments in college basketball, as well as the season-opening Camping World Kickoff and Texas Kickoff football games. ESPN Regional Television began to wind down its syndication operations in the 2010s, as the proliferation of competing outlets took over most of the conference rights and overflow held by the company; the company traces its history to Creative Sports, Inc. a North Carolina-based sports syndicator owned and founded by Bray Cary. ESPN Inc. purchased Inc. in the mid-1990s. On July 22, 1994, ESPN Regional Television was incorporated in Delaware. ESPN Regional Television was formed in 1996, through ESPN Inc.'s combination of Creative Sports and OCC Sports, under the direction of Chuck Gerber and Loren Matthews. In January 2000, Loren Matthews left ESPN Regional Television for an executive position at sister division ABC Sports. By February 2000, ERT acquired the production rights to the Arena Football League. In 2001, ESPN Regional Television moved beyond broadcasting college football bowl games, when it purchased the Las Vegas Bowl from Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority.
ESPN Regional did so to help partner conferences that had bowl qualified teams but no bowl available. The company started two others. In August 2008, ESPN reached a 15-year, $2.25 billion broadcast rights agreement with the SEC. As part of the deal, ESPN assumed the syndicated package of games held by Raycom Sports; the original business of ESPN Regional Television began to grow obsolete with the launch of dedicated networks dedicated to specific conferences, including the Big Ten Network, Pac-12 Network, the ESPN-operated SEC Network, since they assumed rights to the game packages that ESPN had syndicated. As such, the division pivoted to focusing on organizing events within college football and basketball. ESPN Plus used to hold the rights to Conference USA football and basketball, Mountain West Conference football and basketball, Big Ten Conference football and basketball, but has lost them as detailed below: American Athletic Conference men's college basketball Big 12 Conference basketball All Big 12 basketball games moved to ESPN linear channels after the 2013-2014 season.
Conference USA – Broadcast rights were for regular-season football games. American Sports Network began to syndicate other C-USA games with the 2014 season. Mid-American Conference basketball – Broadcast rights were assumed by SportsTime Ohio in 2010. Mountain West Conference – Broadcast rights to MW football and basketball games are now held by CBS Sports Network and NBCSN. Big Ten Conference – Broadcast rights to Big Ten Conference football and basketball games not selected to air regionally or nationally on CBS or an ESPN network are held by the Big Ten Network. ESPN Plus lost the Big Ten rights to the network when it launched in August 2007. Southeastern Conference – Broadcast rights to SEC football and basketball games not selected to air regionally or nationally on CBS or an ESPN network were assumed by the SEC Network starting with the 2014 football season and the 2014-15 basketball season, as part o
Nicholas Lou Saban Jr. is an American football coach, the head football coach at the University of Alabama since 2007. Saban served as head coach of the National Football League's Miami Dolphins and at three other universities: Louisiana State University, Michigan State University, the University of Toledo. Saban's career record as a college head coach is 232–63–1. Saban led the LSU Tigers to the BCS National Championship in 2003 and the Alabama Crimson Tide to BCS and AP national championships in 2009, 2011, 2012, College Football Playoff championships in 2015 and 2017, he became the first coach in college football history to win a national championship with two different Football Bowl Subdivision schools since the inception of the AP Poll in 1936. Saban and Bear Bryant are the only coaches to win an SEC championship at two different schools. In 2013, Saban was inducted into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame. Saban is considered by many to be the greatest coach in college football history, he is tied with Bryant for most major college football national championships for a coach in the modern era.
Saban was born in West Virginia, to Mary and Nick Lou Saban Sr.. He grew up and graduated from Monongah High School in the small community of Monongah, West Virginia, about 25 miles southwest of Morgantown. On December 18, 1971, he married Terry Constable, from West Virginia. In 1973, Saban graduated from Kent State University with a bachelor's degree in business. In 1975, he earned his master's degree in sports administration from Kent State. Saban played defensive back for Kent State under coach Don James, he and a roommate avoided being part of the Kent State shootings when they decided to eat lunch before walking to the rally area. Saban had not intended to enter the coaching ranks until Don James hired him as a graduate assistant at Kent State, while Saban waited for his wife to graduate, he served as an assistant coach in NCAA Division I-A, at several schools: Syracuse in 1977, West Virginia in 1978 and 1979, Ohio State in 1980 and 1981, Navy in 1982, Michigan State from 1983 to 1987. After the 1987 season, Kent State passed over Saban for its vacant head coaching position and hired Dick Crum.
Saban was hired as an assistant for the Houston Oilers in the National Football League. Saban started coaching. Saban began his career as a head coach when he was hired by the University of Toledo on December 22, 1989. Coming off of 6–5 seasons in both 1988 and 1989, the Rockets found quick success under Nick Saban in 1990. With a 9–2 season, Toledo was co-champion of the Mid-American Conference; the two games the Rockets lost that season were by narrow margins: one point to Central Michigan and four points to Navy. While coaching in Toledo, Saban turned down an application from future head coach Urban Meyer, looking for any coaching job on Saban's staff; the following February, Saban resigned as Toledo's head coach after only one season in order to become defensive coordinator of the Cleveland Browns under head coach Bill Belichick. He remained in that position for four seasons. Saban said these four years were the "worst of my life". Saban arrived in Michigan prior to the 1995 season. Michigan State had not had a winning season since 1990, the team was sanctioned by the NCAA for recruiting violations that were committed under his predecessor and former mentor, George Perles.
Beginning in 1995, Saban moderately improved Michigan State's fortunes, taking the Spartans to bowl games in each of his first three seasons. From 1995 to 1997, Michigan State finished 6–5–1, 6–6, 7–5. In comparison, MSU had finished 5–6, 6–6, 5–6 in 1992–1994. On November 7, 1998, the Spartans upset the No.. However after the upset and an early-season rout of then-highly ranked Notre Dame the Spartans finished 6–6, including three last-minute losses featuring turnovers, defensive lapses, special-teams misplays, failed to earn a bowl invitation. Saban led the 1999 Spartans to a 9–2 season that included wins over Notre Dame, Ohio State, Penn State. However, the two losses were routs at the hands of Wisconsin. Following the final regular-season game against Penn State, Saban abruptly resigned to accept the head coaching position with LSU. Saban's assistant head coach and successor, Bobby Williams coached the Spartans to a Citrus Bowl victory over Florida, giving the Spartans an overall record of 10–2 for the 1999 season.
It would be the best season in terms of wins for the Spartans since 1965, it would see the Spartans reach their highest ranking since the 1966 team. Future NFL head coach Josh McDaniels served as a graduate assistant on Saban's 1999 coaching staff. In November 1999, LSU named Nick Saban as their 31st head football coach. In 2000, the Tigers won the Peach Bowl; the season was somewhat marred by several lopsided losses, including a 34–17 loss to the Auburn Tigers, a 13–10 loss to the UAB Blazers, a 41–9 loss to the Florida Gators. Saban led LSU to a 10 -- 3 record in 2001, including a Sugar Bowl victory. After a loss to the Ole Miss Rebels, the Tigers finished the year with six straight wins, including a win over #2 Tennessee in the 2001 SEC Championship Game, a 47–34 win over Illinois in the 2002 Sugar Bowl, it was the first outright SEC championship for LSU since 1986, the first time the Tigers had won the Sugar Bowl since 1968. The 2002 season opened with high expectations, but a 26–8 loss at the hands of Virginia Tech raised serious questions about their outlook.
However, the Tigers would rebound to win their next six straight, but after a mid-season injury to quarterback Matt Mauc
Spartan Stadium (East Lansing, Michigan)
Spartan Stadium opened in 1923 in East Lansing, United States. It is used for football, is the home field of the Michigan State University Spartans. After the addition of luxury boxes and club seating in 2004–2005, the capacity of the stadium grew from 72,027 to 75,005—though it has held more than 80,000 fans—making it the Big Ten's sixth largest stadium. In the early 1920s, school officials decided to construct a new stadium to replace Old College Field; the resulting stadium—the lower half of the current stadium—was ready in the fall of 1923 with a capacity of 14,000. Over the years, the stadium grew. In 1935, the seating capacity increased to 26,000 and the facility was dedicated as Macklin Field, it was named in honor of former coach John Macklin, who put Michigan State football on the map with a 29–5 record from 1911 to 1915 with victories over big name programs such as Michigan, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Penn State, Wisconsin. After admittance into the Big Ten in 1948, Michigan State increased stadium capacity to 51,000 and the field was renamed Macklin Stadium.
With Spartan football attracting national attention under Clarence "Biggie" Munn and Hugh "Duffy" Daugherty, 9,000 seats were added in 1956. The following season, the east and west sides were double-decked, boosting the capacity to 76,000; that same season, the stadium received Spartan Stadium. The school plans to install permanent lights in 2017. In 1969, TartanTurf replaced the natural grass field and a modern scoreboard was added in 1973. In 1978, AstroTurf replaced the TartanTurf. A new modern video scoreboard was added before the 1991 season. Renovations improving sight lines, field security, handicap access, club seats in 1994 reduced Spartan Stadium's capacity to 72,027. New turf was installed in the summer of 1994. In 1998, Spartan Stadium's sound system was upgraded, adding a 21' x 27' Mitsubishi Diamond Vision video board to the south end and a message board to the north end. Home to one of the top turfgrass research programs in the nation, Michigan State installed a natural grass field in 2002.
The most recent expansion was completed in August 2005. A new press box, 24 luxury suites, 862 club seats were constructed on the west side of Spartan Stadium; this addition made Spartan Stadium the tallest building in East Lansing. Through the 2012 season until their game against Notre Dame, the Spartans had won 15 straight games in Spartan Stadium—the program's longest home streak since winning 19 straight from 1950-53. Michigan State went undefeated at home in back-to-back seasons including marquee wins over Wisconsin and Notre Dame, marking the first consecutive perfect home seasons since 1955-56. For nine years, the stadium held the world record for the largest ice hockey crowd in history. On October 6, 2001, a rink was constructed at the center of the stadium for Michigan State's season-opening game against archrival Michigan. Dubbed "The Cold War", 74,554 watched No. 1 nationally ranked Michigan State and No. 4 nationally ranked Michigan to a 3–3 tie. Country artist Shannon Brown sang during the second intermission.
The game set off a wave of outdoor ice hockey games in large stadiums. On September 3, 2005, Spartan Stadium unveiled an 8-story, 268,947-square-foot expansion, under construction since 2003. At a total cost of $64 million the project created: 24 luxury suites 800 club seats The "Grand Entrance" featuring high ceilings, glass walls, marble floors and a new home for the original Spartan statue. 18,000-square-foot luxury concourse Office space for the MSU alumni association and Spartan Athletic Office. Modern recruiting lounge Upgraded stadium wide bathroom and concourse renovations An increase of 3,000 seats, bringing the total stadium capacity to 75,005; the Stadium renovation was done under a joint venture of Clark Construction and Barton Malow Construction Company. Video: Inside the new expansion On January 27, 2012, the Michigan State Board of Trustees voted for a Video Board Renovation and Audio Package upgrade; the cost of the renovation was $10 million. Features include: One of a kind LED wall measuring 10'x450' spanning the North End zone Wall.
Two Auxiliary Video Boards in the North End zone to provide 1,654 SF of video area per board. One South End zone Video Board, the largest in the Big Ten Conference with 5,412 SF, surpassing current leader Minnesota. Video board was built and installed by Panasonic Video and content control system installed by Click Effects Video replay room built by Comprehensive Technical Group AtlantaNew Spartan Stadium Scoreboard The new scoreboards were unveiled on August 31, 2012, when the Spartans defeated #24 Boise State 17-13; the game was the 12th night game in the history of Spartan Stadium. Game days at Spartan Stadium provide opportunity for tailgating. Popular locations include the tennis courts, "the rock", around the MSU library area on north campus. Open alcohol is permitted on campus with the exception of Munn field. "The Spartan Walk" – On the morning of each home game, the team completes a 10-minute walk from their hotel at the Kellogg Center, crossing the Red Cedar River, passing the Spartan Statue and into the stadium.
The sidewalks are lined with fans applauding and cheering "Go Green, Go White." "Zeke the Wonder Dog" – East Lansing's favorite frisbee-catching dog, debuting in 1977 and reemerging as a tradition in 2001. Tryouts for a replacement are held. "It's a beautiful day for football!" – Just before kickoff, the PA announcer gives the weather forecast and, with the help of the fans, declares that "it's a beautiful day for football!" Thi