October 18, 2023

Plan ahead for this weekend

Dear students:
The battle for the Paul Bunyan Trophy returns this weekend as Michigan and Michigan State football meet on the field for the 116th time. This year’s game takes place Saturday, October 21st at 7:30 p.m. in East Lansing.
Attending the game?

  • Make sure you are familiar with the most up-to-date guidelines for Spartan Stadium.
  • Let’s leave the rivalry on the field. Be a respectful fan and cheer for your team, not against the other. Avoid the use of foul language, obscene gestures or messages, and threats.
  • Plan ahead for your transportation needs. Have a designated sober driver. 
  • Remember: If you are not inside a designated tailgate area, it is illegal to be on public property with open containers of alcohol. Public property includes sidewalks, streets, and public buildings.

Reminders about alcohol use and hosting or attending parties


  • If you are under 21, it is illegal to drink alcohol.
  • For those who choose to drink, check out these strategies to plan ahead for a safe experience.
  • If someone needs help, call or text 911. Michigan State University's Medical Amnesty policy is in place to remove any perceived barriers to get help when someone is in danger.
  • Control the noise level at events. It is unlawful to create, permit or continue to permit any noise that disturbs the health, peace or safety of others. Talk with neighbors prior to the event and agree on a plan for resolving any issues that may come up.
  • Manage the size of your party (guests should not block sidewalks or streets).
  • Clean up promptly after your events to avoid receiving a citation.

The positive side of competition
Our rivalry extends beyond the football field--and makes a positive difference in our communities. 
Battle For the Houses 2023
Our two schools are going head to head in fundraising for the Ronald McDonald House Charities, thanks to a friendly competition between former NFL players Todd (TJ) Duckett (MSU) and Mike Martin (U-M).
Alex's Great State Race
Since 2014, ROTC cadets from MSU and U-M have joined together to run 64 miles from East Lansing to Ann Arbor and present the home team with the game ball for the rivalry football game. Learn more about how this celebration continues to grow and how you can participate.
Whatever the final score, we wish you a safe, healthy, and exciting weekend ahead. 
As always...Go Green and Go Blue! 

Vennie Gore
Senior Vice President for Student Life & Engagement
Michigan State University

Alan Haller 
Vice President and 
Director of Intercollegiate Athletics
Michigan State University

Martino Harmon
Vice President for Student Life
University of Michigan

Warde J. Manuel 
Donald R. Shepherd Director of Athletics
University of Michigan

Spartan helmet