Football Parking Guidelines

MSU Football Parking & Tailgating Guidelines are intended to ensure the comfort and safety of all fans and visitors. It is imperative that these guidelines are adhered to.

For correct game time, check www.msuspartans.com or call 517-432-TIME (517-432-8463).


• Lot Opening times:

Tailgating lots will now open on campus at 7 a.m. for noon to 5:30 p.m. kickoffs and 11 a.m. for 6 to 8 p.m. kickoffs. These times apply only to Saturday games.

Previously, lots opened at 7 a.m. for noon kickoffs, 9 a.m. for 3:30/4 p.m. kickoffs, and 1 p.m. for night games.

• One pass = one space.
Each pass entitles parking within the confines of one marked parking space only.
/ You may not extend your vehicle and any tailgating paraphernalia (tents, tables, awnings, games, etc.) into other parking spaces or lanes intended for vehicle traffic. The aisles in the
parking lots must remain clear for vehicles to pass at all times.

/ No tailgating areas, including green space, are included or promised with any specific parking
space. Common courtesy of fellow Spartans will allow everyone to locate appropriate
tailgating space either within or surrounding your designated lot.

• Accessible Parking
Accessible parking spaces are available in each donor lot and are available on a first-come, first-serve basis when lots open on game day.  Any donor wishing to utilize an accessible parking space must:

  1. Present a valid parking pass for the parking lot in which the accessible parking space is located; AND
  2. Present a valid disability placard or plate

• Donor parking passes will include one pass for each home game.
/ Lost or stolen passes will not be replaced.
/ Any parking pass which appears to be duplicated or forged or is improperly displayed will be confiscated whenever possible. Based upon the circumstances, the original pass may be forfeited for the remainder of the season without refund.
/ Passes must be hung from your rearview mirror at all times while on campus.The bottom portion of the pass must be surrendered to a lot attendant upon entry.

• Purchaser of a parking pass is responsible for their guests’ conduct.
Please be sure you and your guests are respectful and courteous to all game day employees and other fans. MSU reserves the right to suspend or revoke your parking privileges for unruly or inappropriate behavior, etc. This includes behavior of guests using your pass, even if you are not present.


• “Drop-offs” of items or persons are prohibited in donor parking lots.

• Recreational Vehicles (RV)
A recreational vehicle is defined as taking up more than one marked parking space. You must possess a RV pass if you wish to park an RV, motor home, stretch limo, bus,
etc. Vehicle must fit within confines of two (2) marked parking spaces.


Reserved Tailgating
/ Reserved tailgates may be purchased through Tailgate Guys.

/ No tailgating areas, including green space, are included or promised with any specific parking space (common courtesy of fellow Spartans will allow everyone to locate appropriate tailgating space either within or surrounding your designated lot.

/ Private catering companies are not allowed in donor parking lots.  Corporate/Large party tent space (greater than 10’ x 10’) is available in specific locations around Spartan Stadium. Requests will be accepted starting April 1. For more information, please call Playfly Sports Properties (517-884-8828).

Prohibited items include:
Tents larger than 10’ x 10’, tobacco products, couches or upholstered furniture, kegs or other common source containers, drinking game structures and/or paraphernalia, trailers of any type including pig roasters.

• Violators of these guidelines will be subject to the following:
/ First offense – Warning Issued by lot attendant (parking pass number noted and information
forwarded to MSU Athletics).
/ Second offense – You will be asked to remove your vehicle and any tailgating paraphernalia
from your designated lot for the remainder of game. You may return to the next home game.
/ Third offense – If a third offense occurs, you will be removed for the remainder of the game and
will not be permitted to park and/or tailgate in your designated lot for the remainder of the
season. No refund will be issued.


Beginning 2022, fans will now be allowed to bring clear bags into Spartan Stadium. In accordance with Michigan State Athletics security guidelines, the only bags, packages or containers permitted to be carried by fans as they enter the stadium are the following:

  • Bag that is clear plastic, vinyl, or PVC and does not exceed 12” x 6” x 12″
  • One-gallon clear plastic freezer bag (Ziploc bag or similar)
  • Small clutch bag, camera and binocular cases, not exceeding 4.5” x 6.5”, with or without a handle or strap
  • Exceptions can be made for medically necessary, childcare or dietary items after proper inspection.

Clear bags are available for sale at shop.msuspartans.com and will also be available for purchase on game days at various Sparty’s Locker Room locations around Spartan Stadium.