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Posted on: October 20, 2023

City of East Lansing Encourages Safe Celebrations for Rivalry Week & Game Day


EAST LANSING, Mich. — Community members are reminded that Michigan State University (MSU) will host the University of Michigan (U-M) football team for a home game on Saturday, Oct. 21 at Spartan Stadium. Kick-off is at 7:30 p.m.

Fans of both teams are encouraged to keep the rivalry on the field. For those who will be tailgating and/or watching the big game off-campus, be aware of the following:

  • Open alcohol containers and marihuana smoking are NOT allowed in any public spaces throughout the City or in the downtown area.
  • Minors under the age of 21 are not allowed to consume or possess alcohol or marihuana; violations may result in a Minor in Possession charge.
  • Under medical amnesty, anyone who is in medical distress—or a person accompanying them—can seek medical help without risk of penalty, including those who are under age 21. Call 911 for help.
  • Driving while intoxicated or impaired by alcohol, a controlled substance or other intoxicating substances is unsafe, illegal and may incur severe penalties. 
  • Noise violations are a disturbance to the community that could result in a civil infraction or misdemeanor charge and may result in significant additional penalties if the violation occurs at a party with amplified sound or one that charges for entry and/or has a common source of alcohol such as a keg.
  • Public urination is prohibited in all public areas of the City including alleyways. Violators may be charged with indecent exposure.
  • Setting fires is dangerous and places an unnecessary burden on critical emergency services. Anyone caught setting a fire could face arson and/or other charges. Call 911 to report a fire. 

For a highlighted list of need-to-know City ordinances, visit

Always call 911 for emergency situations. For non-emergencies, the East Lansing Police Department can be reached at (517) 351-4220. 

Community members and visitors to East Lansing can track the live availability of parking spots in City-owned lots and garages in the downtown area via this link: To receive game day traffic and parking updates from MSU, text SPARTANFB23 to 888777.

To celebrate the positive side of the rivalry, MSU and U-M are competing to see who can raise the most funds for the Ronald McDonald House Charities. More information can be found here:

Additionally, for the Alex’s Great State Race, ROTC cadets from both schools are running the 64 miles between U-M and MSU with the game ball. Fans are encouraged to welcome the runners at Demonstration Hall, 229 Dem Hall Road at MSU around 12:30 p.m. today (Friday, Oct. 20). Learn more about this event and charitable cause here:

Have fun, look out for each other and Go Green!

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