The tailgating lots may not have opened until 3:30 p.m., but for Michigan State University Police, the day started around 7 a.m., to prep the campus for an influx of 75,000 fans.
While the police won't be making too many changes to their strategy, Major Tony Kleibecker says there are some differences to traffic flow, fans are bound to notice because of summer construction.
"One of the major ones is at Michigan and Beal, where we used to be able to send traffic, west, towards the City of Lansing and the freeway. With the change, we can't do that any longer," he said.
Red Cedar Road, which runs along Spartan Stadium, will also be closed for every home game, this season because of pedestrian safety and the construction at the stadium's north end. That's why Kleibecker wants fans to be patient.
"We'll evaluate things game by game like we always do, but these are definitely some changes for us and are causing some changes in some of our traffic patterns," he said.
But MSU Police won't be alone in the changes. East Lansing Police will also on hand for backup, before turning their attention back to the city.
"We expect parties, we expect the downtown restaurants and bars to be full and with that added number of people, we just have to prepare for additional problems," said Capt. Jeff Murphy.
But if 'Welcome Week' is any indication, Capt. Murphy expects it to be a clean night in E.L. as the 2013 football season officially kicks off.