Spartans should get extra 'home' game in 2010

September, 17, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg


Michigan State's scheduled trip to Florida Atlantic next season likely will take place much closer to home.

Florida Atlantic wants to move the game against Michigan State to Detroit's Ford Field or Chicago's Soldier Field because the opening date for its new stadium has been pushed back to 2011. The Owls would still serve as the home team, and they'd pocket most of the proceeds from the game, which could exceed $2 million.

But Michigan State fans would fill the stands in either location, especially in nearby Detroit.
"I am sorry that the stadium won't be ready, because we wanted to be a part of that historical first game," Michigan State athletic director Mark Hollis told the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. "We have a lot of alumni in Chicago and Detroit and there is a lot of attraction to both those locations."
Michigan State has told Florida Atlantic athletic director Craig Angelos that a game in Chicago or Detroit would draw 45,000-55,000 fans. Florida Atlantic will still travel to East Lansing to face the Spartans in 2011.

Should the venue change be made, Michigan State would have three home games (Western Michigan, Notre Dame and Northern Colorado) and a neutral-site contest in 2010.

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