MSU night football game to affect weekday operations

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Some normal weekday operations at Michigan State University will change Friday when the MSU football team opens its season with a night game against Jacksonville State University.

Additionally, with the game occurring on a workday, MSU Police are asking fans, faculty and staff to be patient while entering and exiting campus.

On Friday, all classes will be held and operational work will continue, but some disruption will occur as campus prepares for a 7:30 p.m. kickoff. The following parking lots will be closed beginning at 5 p.m. Thursday until 3:30 p.m. Friday, when they will be opened for those holding gameday passes for these lots:

  • Lot A (62E) located on the north side of the IM Sports West and Spartan Stadium
  • Lot C (61) located on the west side of Spartan Stadium
  • Lot T (79) located on the south side of Spartan Stadium

The other campus lots and ramps will be available for faculty, staff and students with appropriate permits for work- and class-related parking until 1:30 p.m. Friday. After that, MSU Police parking staff will restrict entry into the remainder of the reserved football pass lots. Faculty and staff who leave these lots during the noon hour should plan to return prior to 1:30 p.m. to ensure re-entry. Alternatively, faculty and staff may obtain passes from their departments to park in designated public lots at no cost.

All parking lots which are designated for football parking will open at 3:30 p.m. Faculty and staff with cars are encouraged to begin leaving campus by 3 p.m. Supervisors are being asked to determine the operational needs of their individual units and, where possible, use flexible schedules so staff may leave campus by that time. Game-day parking passes which allow faculty and staff to park in public lots for Saturday games will be honored for this game and should be provided to employees who are required to work.

During all home football games, Red Cedar Road will be closed from Shaw Lane to Chestnut Road. On Friday, Red Cedar Road will close at 1:30 p.m. For all other home games, the road will close at 2 a.m. the night before a game until postgame traffic clears. Those with parking passes for the “U” Lot will be granted access only via Red Cedar Road at Shaw Lane, and those with parking passes for the “A” Lot will be granted access via Red Cedar Road at Chestnut Road only.

Taxis will be directed to drop fans off along Birch Road south of Shaw Lane. The taxis also will be permitted to stage at this same location to pick-up fares after the game.

MSU Police are reminding fans that no bags are allowed in Spartan Stadium. Additionally, police are asking all fans to review the stadium evacuation plan and watch a video at http://police.msu.edu/stadiumevacuationplan.asp.

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