Michigan State University took on Western Michigan University in its first football game of the season Saturday at Spartan Stadium. But well before kick-off, fans were on campus, getting ready for game day.
Michigan State University Police say they expected a sell-out crowd, and then some, meaning more than 72,000 fans crowding campus. MSU was assisted by East Lansing, Meridian Township, and Ingham County Police. They say parking and fan behavior all went smoothly, and fans were very cooperative and patient.
Fans got to campus in the early morning to prepare for the game, setting up elaborate tailgates all over MSU. Many fixed meals including grilled burgers and brats. And of course, there was the beer. Fans over the age of 21 are allowed to drink alcohol on campus before the game. But no food or beverage is allowed inside the stadium, and everyone going in is subject to a security search.
MSU Police say this is the first year in a long time there hasn't been a major change to security procedures. And, as far as fan behavior is concerned, they say they hope Saturday's game is indicative of games to come this season.