The Jack Breslin Student Event Center in East Lansing, MI is the home of the Michigan State Spartans men’s and women’s basketball team as well as the MHSAA Basketball Finals. The arena opened in 1989 and is named after Michigan State alumnus Jack Breslin who played a key role in the building of the arena. It holds a capacity crowd of 16,280 and cost $48 million to build.
Since opening in 1989, the Breslin Center has undergone several renovations. In 2001, two 8,000 sq ft auxiliary gyms were added to the arena. A few years later, in 2007, the ceilings in the home team locker rooms were raised to accommodate taller student athletes. More recently, a new HD scoreboard was added in 2011 and the court was repainted in 2012.
In addition to being the home of the Michigan State Spartans basketball teams, the Breslin Center has also hosted many other events over the years. The arena has been the site of numerous concerts featuring performers such as Aerosmith, Kanye West, and Dave Chappelle. It has also held WWE events and the Harlem Globetrotters on several occasions.
Spartan Stadium in East Lansing, Michigan has been home to the Michigan State Spartans football team since 1923. The stadium opened as College Field and originally seated 14,000. However, the stadium has undergone many changes over the past century or so and today holds a capacity of 75,005, making it the sixth largest stadium in the Big Ten.
Spartan Stadium underwent its first expansion in 1935 when the capacity was increased to 26,000. This expansion also saw the name of the stadium changed from College Field to Macklin Field after former Spartans coach John Macklin who went 29-5 from 1911 to 1915. The next renovation of Spartan Stadium took place in 1948 when the stadium’s capacity was almost doubled from 26,000 to 51,000 in anticipation to the Spartans joining the Big Ten. A run of success over the next few seasons saw yet another expansion in 1956 and 1957 as an upper deck was added. The same year the stadium’s name changed yet again this time to Spartan Stadium as it is still known today. The most recent renovations took place in 2005 when a new press box, 24 luxury boxes, and 862 club seats were added to the west side of the stadium.
The Michigan State Spartans have developed quite the home-field advantage over the years as the Spartans have put together several ten or more game home winning streaks. The longest of which took place from 1950 to 1953 lasted 19 games. Spartan Stadium had also set a few non-football records as well including at one point having hosted the largest ice hockey crowd in history when Michigan State took on Michigan in 2001.