Michigan State, Michigan face off in rugby match

Published: Oct. 20, 2018 at 8:50 AM EDT
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Before the football teams take the field, the Spartans and Wolverines squared off last night in a different sport.

The game was coined as the Battle for the Mitten, where two of the oldest sports clubs faced off for a rugby match.

The rugby match is the first time a sport other than baseball has been played at Cooley Law School Stadium.

The event brought fans together to kick-off rivalry weekend in downtown Lansing ahead of the big game.

"Our facility here is not just a baseball stadium. Anything from, obviously, major concerts to beer festivals, you know, anything we can do with this facility to use as a community asset, we're all about. What better way than having a cool sport like rugby come here and play on this field? We're playing this obviously the day before the Michigan State and Michigan football game there at Spartan Stadium so it really kind of ties into a cool rivalry weekend here in Lansing," said Tyler Parsons, Lansing Lugnuts general manager.

Spartans won the match with a score of 25 to 15.

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