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Michigan State Spartans Party Supplies and Michigan State graduation supplies have been a part of the football tailgating tradition in East Lansing for a long time. They can be seen at tailgates and other events year after year. But, how did football begin at Michigan State in the first place?
In 1884, Michigan Agricultural College (MAC, and the precursor to Michigan State University) played the first college football game in the state of Michigan against nearby Albion College. In 1885, like many college football programs, Michigan State’s football team began its days as a club sport. Eleven years later in 1896, the team received varsity status.
After several years as an independent, MSU joined the Big Ten in 1949 and promptly won the league and defeated UCLA in the Rose Bowl. In 1951, the Spartans tied in the voting for the National Championship with Tennessee after going undefeated. In 1952, the Spartans went undefeated again and won the Championship outright. Michigan State would go on to win National Championships in 1955, 1957, 1965 and 1966.
Football coaches of note included Biggie Munn (1947-1953), Duffy Daughtery (1954-1972), George Perles (1983-1994), Nick Saban (1995-1999) and Mark Dantonio (2007-present). While the Spartans enjoyed some seasons of success after their glory years in the 1960’s, they hadn’t enjoyed any sustained level of accomplishment until recently under Mark Dantonio. Both in 2010 and 2011, Dantonio led MSU to back-to-back 11 win seasons, something that never before had been done at MSU. In 2011, this led to Michigan State and Wisconsin playing in the first ever Big Ten Championship Game where the Spartans lost to Wisconsin 42-39.
Spartan Stadium was built in 1923 and started with a capacity of only 14,000. Renovations and growth occurred over the years. An addition in 1935 raised the capacity to 26,000 and upper decks were added in 1957 to increase it to 76,000. Today, Spartan Stadium’s official capacity is 75,005 (sixth largest in the Big Ten).
Did you know that our founders, John Canetta and Rob Robinson are both Michigan State alumni who still enjoy tailgating before Spartan football games with friends in the fall.
Michigan State Party Supplies are a welcome addition to any Spartan tailgate party, graduation, barbecue or other fun event. Show your Spartan spirit with the help of our awesome Michigan State Graduation Supplies and Michigan State Party Supplies!