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Posted on Wed, Dec 14, 2011 : 2:55 p.m.

Will new scoreboards at Spartan Stadium 'leapfrog' U-M's recent installations?

By Kellie Woodhouse

The historic rivalry between Michigan State University and the University of Michigan continues, and although the latest episode is taking place in the football stadium, it's not between players.


One of Michigan Stadium's two new scoreboards.

It's between scoreboards and, according to MSU Deputy Athletic Director Greg Ianni, U-M is about to get "leapfrogged" by the Spartans.

The MSU Board of Trustees last week approved an $8 million scoreboard replacement and sound system upgrade at Spartan Stadium, which has two scoreboards on the north end and a larger scoreboard on the south end of the field.

The south-end scoreboard is significantly larger than the new video scoreboards U-M installed earlier this year, Ianni said.

"It's a monster board," he said in an interview with

U-M earlier this year spent $20 million to replace its football, hockey and basketball scoreboards. The new Big House scoreboards are 62 feet tall and 108 feet wide, about 40 percent larger than the former boards, and show instant replays and video of U-M's other sports teams.

In an interview earlier this year, U-M Athletic Department Chief Marketing Officer Hunter Lochmann praised the scoreboards for "changing the dynamics of event presentation" and "re-creating the atmosphere" at Michigan Stadium.

U-M Athletic Director Dave Brandon has said the scoreboards are part of a larger marketing strategy and create a "wow factor" for fans who visit the stadium.

Ianni said MSU is looking to do the same, but even better.

"We just want to be able to entertain better," he said, adding that several Big


Spartan Stadium

Photo courtesy of Michigan State University Board of Trustees

Ten football programs, including Ohio State University, the University of Iowa and the University of Minnesota, in addition to U-M, have upgraded their football scoreboards recently.

"It is what folks are doing around the league and it's our turn to catch up," he said. "And what you like to do… is leapfrog the guy who just went before us."

Ianni was adamant that the upgrade is not in response to U-M, specifically.

"The only place we have a rivalry with Michigan is on the field," he said.

Ianni declined to release the exact dimensions of the new scoreboards, saying they're subject to change. He said that in addition to the new scoreboards, MSU is looking into installing a video wall that "is unlike any technology that anyone has in college sports right now."

"It would be unique," he said of the wall, which would be larger than the proposed south-end scoreboard if purchased by MSU. Ianni said MSU is "not sure if we can fit that into our budget."

MSU's new scoreboards will include digital advertisements. Ianni said a rendering that surfaced on the Internet earlier this year is not a correct depiction of the new boards.

The existing scoreboards were installed in 1998 and the largest one is 28 feet high and 35 feet wide.

Kellie Woodhouse covers higher education for Reach her at or 734-623-4602 and follow her on twitter.


Lorain Steelmen

Fri, Dec 16, 2011 : 8:01 p.m.

As a Wolverine fan, I could care less what the Spartinas do. But I can say, that going to the game in East lansing this year, I was stunned by the small scoreboards. It looked like an overgrown high school venue. Just pitiful! I actually was embarrassed for them. They must be thinking that they are on the verge of being significant in the league, and they better spruce up their act. I hate to tell them, that the their mini-run is over. And they will be stuck with a big bill, and few fans to pay for it....just sayin'.


Thu, Dec 15, 2011 : 7:31 p.m.

I feel dumber having read these comments and this article. Both sides have shown their true colors...... SMH Twenty minutes I will never get back.

Wally the Wolverine

Thu, Dec 15, 2011 : 6:38 p.m.

Weren't we playing a little one upsmanship with Tennessee on stadium capacity for awhile? For that matter, the Big Chill came after someone else had an outdoor hockey game in their stadium. Figuratively speaking, our rants in response to a story posted about someone else's scoreboards make us look small.


Thu, Dec 15, 2011 : 6:15 p.m.

Why are all these negative comments and insults directed at MSU as a school and football program tolerated under AAdotcom's so-called "Conversation Guidelines".....? This happens with every one of these negative stories about the school that Annarbordotcom publishes regularly.


Thu, Dec 15, 2011 : 4:43 p.m.

I agree that this specific comment forum is quite shameful for UofM fans who are trying to out-do someone's scoreboards. The true bragging rights come from the final score on the board, not the board it's on. 'Nuf said.


Thu, Dec 15, 2011 : 4:27 p.m.

ya Wolverine "Little Sisters" but lets us all remember 28-14 this year and you lost the last FOUR years in a ROW. What an arrogant bunch of whiners you are.


Thu, Dec 15, 2011 : 2:48 p.m.

Wonder how much U of M & MSU could lower their tution bills by not building scoreboards big enough for 'baby Boomer' eyes? Agreed it appears to be a profitable business for both; but today & everyday for a number of years 'Baby Boomers' will be retiring by the droves. Maybe not that many people will be able to attend the costly games and expensive tutuion? Just a thought. We have done a great job of burdening our grandchildren with a huge tax bill why not tution?

Mush Room

Thu, Dec 15, 2011 : 8:30 p.m.

The athletic departments at both MSU and UM are self supporting, neither receives tax dollars and both add to the schools' general fund with scholarship tuition payments. At this level, college sports are a business, a self supporting business. And, like any business, they have to provide a service people are willing to pay for, which appears to require state-of-the-art score boards. It appears to be a marketing issue. Personally, I was happy with the old boards at both stadiums. I guess I don't quite understand why this is even a story, particularly a story in and had stories about the new scoreboard but they were short and I don't think either had any comments. And for those who don't seem to like Spartan Stadium, I happen to like it better than Michigan Stadium. In Ann Arbor, if your seats are near the top, you'll get a better view by watching the game on TV. There isn't a bad seat in Spartan Stadium. Spartan Stadium is also very loud and bursting with energy. The last time I attended a game at Michigan Stadium, the last Michigan Michigan State game, it was like sitting in a library. I used to go to all the Michigan home games back in the late 60s. The stadium was consistently half empty. Bo turned attendance around, but the place used to be a mausoleum. In terms of pure enjoyment, tickets to MSU home football games have to be the best entertainment value in Michigan: a beautiful campus, great tailgates, a beautiful stadium, a raucous crowd, reasonably priced tickets, a great band and a winning team. BTW, in case you're wondering, I attended both schools, graduate studies at MSU. I've spent a lot of time in both stadiums.


Thu, Dec 15, 2011 : 2:28 p.m.

All of you guys sound like a bunch of little spoiled brats. They are both MICHIGAN teams for crying outlot.


Thu, Dec 15, 2011 : 2:29 p.m.

crying out loud


Thu, Dec 15, 2011 : 2:23 p.m.

Blah, Blah, Blah...

Gulo gulo

Thu, Dec 15, 2011 : 1:52 p.m.

Classic UM self-absorbed position - "MSU is going to install new scoreboards. They *must* be trying to out do us". Hey, I read the other day that EMU is going to re-pave some parking lots. This must be an attempt to outdo UM's parking lots. Better get on it.

Jack Gladney

Thu, Dec 15, 2011 : 11:41 a.m.

How many reporters does it take to troll it's readers . One. I can't even fins this story in the LSlJ and its headline news in Ann Arbor. Really. What a joke of a news organization you are.


Thu, Dec 15, 2011 : 6:17 p.m.

The difference is that the LSJ story didn't portray it as a competition with Um. It simply reported the news that the school is installing new scoreboards. That is, it didn't try to troll its readers and drum up a non-troversy, like A2dotcom does so well.

Buster W.

Thu, Dec 15, 2011 : 5:54 p.m.

Really? You need to take a class in Internet Searching's old news on LSIJ, but it's there: <a href="" rel='nofollow'></a>


Thu, Dec 15, 2011 : 4:16 p.m.

LSJ ran it months ago when hey did the breslin center up grades


Thu, Dec 15, 2011 : 11:29 a.m.

Good Sparty is getting a larger TV, PERFECT! When Lil' Bro shows replays and crowd reactions when U of M scores everyone will be able to see there disappointment on there faces. Go U of M beat Sparty one of the dirtiest playing collegiate football teams in the country, maybe #1 in that department.


Thu, Dec 15, 2011 : 6:03 a.m.

Well put, aawolve: and accurate. Anyone who watched &quot;the other Michigan college&quot; game vs THE University of Michigan last October probably remembers thinking as they squinted into the darkness that IS Michigan State's puny stadium: Aren't they embarrassed to have their stadium shown on TV? Then we remembered that, oh, this is Little Brother pretending to be Big Brother: while the once-in-forty-years opportunity presents itself. So the people at MSU think they're doing some leap frogging? More like flea hopping and Me-Tooing. Word is that the farmers around East Lansing will be bringing their families to see movies at the new drive in theater, er, stadium with oversize scoreboards - during MSU's off season. Ticket sales will be brisk and thus the $8 cost of their new scoreboards will be paid off in 36 easy installments. When are they going to rename MSU stadium, Dantonohio Stadium?


Thu, Dec 15, 2011 : 4:49 p.m.

No one is embarrassed when they win the game. Aren't you embarrassed by losing to a bunch of 'farmers' in a 'sub-par stadium'? Then I guess your face has been red for the last 4 years.


Thu, Dec 15, 2011 : 5:23 a.m.

@aawolv Chill out. The article quoted Ianni as clearly stating that there is no rivalry of score boards. Spartan Stadium is actually very comfortable to watch a game or concert.The UofM game was a blast as well as U2 last June. Also, the seat numbers on the bleachers aren't moved closer together every few years to fit in more people &amp; raise the capacity as with the Big House.


Thu, Dec 15, 2011 : 5:21 a.m.

You can put LIPSTICK on a PIG, but it's still a PIG! Nice try wanna be's. Go Blue!


Thu, Dec 15, 2011 : 4:53 a.m.

In all seriousness, their stadium is the worst in the B1G. Getting stuck behind those speakers is an ear killer. I think their scoreboard still uses light bulbs...


Thu, Dec 15, 2011 : 4:14 p.m.

must suck as they keep announcing MSU TD's!!


Thu, Dec 15, 2011 : 3:17 a.m.

Who gives a rip? It's not about who can dress up the best; it's about who plays the best. I think UM's new scoreboards are neat and everything, but I loved the old-school ones that just showed the basics. <a href="" rel='nofollow'></a>


Thu, Dec 15, 2011 : 2:13 a.m.

It sounds like little brother down the road is trying to keep up. Maybe the AD at MSU is trying to compensate for something.... Maybe after the scoreboard is erected, MSU will start playing some blue pill ads to generate revenue.


Thu, Dec 15, 2011 : 1:51 a.m.

Are you surprised? If all your friends have the iPhone 4, and your contract is up and you have the money to upgrade, you're not going to get the iPhone 4. You're going to get the newer model. Also, I expected more class from U of M fans. You don't have to belittle the MSU stadium just because you're jealous of a little upgrade. Just wait a couple years, and U of M will have the money to get bigger and better things, just like everyone else.

David Vande Bunte

Thu, Dec 15, 2011 : 4:56 p.m.

If all your friends have an iPhone 4, you are going to get an Android, and then proceed to mock your friends for their inferior product. Well, that's what I do anyway...


Thu, Dec 15, 2011 : 1:07 a.m.

How will this scoreboard effect Urban Meyer ? Do you think he will like it ?


Thu, Dec 15, 2011 : 1:05 a.m.

Does anyone think this will be better for Urban Meyer ?


Wed, Dec 14, 2011 : 11:43 p.m.

&quot;The only place we have a rivalry with Michigan is on the field&quot;. Oh little brother, I think not.


Thu, Dec 15, 2011 : 1:02 a.m.

next time you guys win-you make sure to lets us know son--pathetic

Buster W.

Wed, Dec 14, 2011 : 11:19 p.m.

This is so stupid! I go to games for the entire atmosphere --- not to watch TV. I don't really care about the scoreboards. Just win football games!!! Go Blue!


Wed, Dec 14, 2011 : 11:12 p.m.

Big deal. So the third best, three-loss team in the conference is going to spend more on a scoreboard than the U-M.


Thu, Dec 15, 2011 : 4:13 p.m.

Third best? Do you believe Penn State is better? I thought they were the B1G runner up?

Stephen Landes

Wed, Dec 14, 2011 : 11:07 p.m.

So Little Brother is suffering from scoreboard envy? Less power to them (and more from Consumers). They'll need a huge scoreboard so the people that don't come to fill up their stadium can see the game from their burning couches.

Craig Lounsbury

Wed, Dec 14, 2011 : 10:34 p.m.

for a lot of us fans the term &quot;scoreboard&quot; has taken on a new &quot;urban dictionary&quot; meaning. Right now that scoreboard says MSU 4-0 in the last 4 years. That's the &quot;scoreboard&quot; that matters. Hopefully Brady will turn that scoreboard around.


Wed, Dec 14, 2011 : 10:30 p.m.

Big screens can actually be detracting. The new scoreboards at The Big House are big enough. Having even bigger ones at Spartan Stadium is not impressive because it is a much smaller venue. They feel compelled to one-up the Wolverines. So be it. BTW: Check out Kyle's article on the NCAA attendence stats in 2011. Sparty was 20th with an average of 74,078 and 98.76% capacity. This makes another point, Michigan is not the only major university, and I used that word loosely-per Sparty, in Michigan. The point is, ohio is the only major university down there, WI is the only one further west, so is IA. IL has Northwestern and so some extent Notre Dame. IN has Pudue and ND. That is the most fragmented state. Given Sparty's two 10 win seasons; Where's the buzz? It only proves once again why they are our little brother. Yea, we'll have to wait until next season's match up with Sparty so MSU fans, enjoy your winning streak while it lasts. Sparty fans: Don't let the new scoreboards detract you, remember to cheer and make noise for your team while attending. As Archie Bunker used to say: &quot;Whoopy-ding!!&quot;

Elaine F. Owsley

Wed, Dec 14, 2011 : 10:17 p.m.

Frankly, Scarlet, I don't give a hoot. It's what happens down there on the field that's important.

Terry Star21

Thu, Dec 15, 2011 : 3:50 a.m.

Okay. Now that was good !

Ron Granger

Wed, Dec 14, 2011 : 10:12 p.m.

Michigan stadium was an architectural marvel in the way it integrated into the neighborhood. It is now an eyesore. And it looks a lot like the Buckeye stadium.

Billy Bob Schwartz

Thu, Dec 15, 2011 : 12:13 a.m.

ohio stadium is a big red fish. Did you ever see a bluegill? Think Red Bluegill. When it was a horseshoe, it was a horseshoe, but once they filled in the end and filled it with a bunch of red fish, it looked like a great big red fish. Sorta smells like one, too. time they shoot a pic from the blimp, look at the fish.

Stephen Landes

Wed, Dec 14, 2011 : 11:09 p.m.

Sorry, but nothing is as ugly as the river bank bowl in ohio -- stark, gray, yuck.


Wed, Dec 14, 2011 : 10:12 p.m.

I am certainly glad that the U of M slappy's are talking about Spartan Stadium and our soon to be score boards because Spartans talking about going 5 in a row! :)


Wed, Dec 14, 2011 : 10:34 p.m.

Wait until the 60th minute of that game. Keep &quot;talking about&quot; about the winning streak. Michigan fans can't wait for that match up as well. GO BLUE!!!

Robert Granville

Wed, Dec 14, 2011 : 9:50 p.m.

Someone should tell little brother to focus on filling their stadium to capacity before making upgrades.


Fri, Dec 16, 2011 : 1:35 a.m.

I'm assuming Robert that you're then wondering why UM is making any upgrades to Crisler since it typically only sells out when UM is playing MSU or OSU.


Thu, Dec 15, 2011 : 4:11 p.m.

considering they don't even have the 20th largest stadium in NCAA football thats probably pretty good.


Wed, Dec 14, 2011 : 10:35 p.m.

You'd think two 10 win seasons would create more of a buzz in East Lansing. They were only 20th in NCAA attendence.

David Vande Bunte

Wed, Dec 14, 2011 : 9:40 p.m.

Sparties are suffering from Televis-envy.

Terry Star21

Wed, Dec 14, 2011 : 9:36 p.m.

Well. You can dress up a trash can (sparty stadium) but it is still a trash can. You can say you're players don't play dirty (spartys), but they are still thugs. And you can complain and complain that you deserved a better bowl (sparty). And you can lose six out of the last ten to Michigan (spartys) - but at the end of the day, your still a michigan state spartan....and my condolences to all spartys, playing second fiddle to Michigan can not be fun.


Thu, Dec 15, 2011 : 4:53 p.m.

You can own the Big House but you can't win the game. Looks like the greatest stadium in the world is wasted on the losing team in the State of Michigan. Classic case of scoreboard envy. I bet you own a Corvette too...


Wed, Dec 14, 2011 : 9:32 p.m.

Walmart Wolverines doesn't sound right but Walmartan Spartans sounds simply perfect and MORE. The latest episode from the long running reality cop show, &quot;COPS&quot; Cop 1: Sheesh, another little brother arrest Cop 2: Ya mean at the Walmartan? *FLASHING SIREN* *FLASHING SIREN* *FLASHING SIREN* Chief: What do we got here? Cop 1: Chief, another little brother tried to steal a Michael Hart infant jersey yet it looked to big on him and we also have trouble finding enough phone books for him to stand up for his mug shot. Cop 2: Sheesh! just drop him off at the day care center.


Wed, Dec 14, 2011 : 9:18 p.m.

It doesn't matter which stadium they're playing in, the most painful word the Wolverine players will hear from the Spartan players is &quot;scoreboard&quot;. Must suck to get your butt kicked by your &quot;little brother&quot; year in and year out.

Billy Bob Schwartz

Thu, Dec 15, 2011 : 12:08 a.m.

Still, it did kind of hurt a little, BACK THEN in 2011! Not anymore.

Terry Star21

Wed, Dec 14, 2011 : 9:38 p.m.

You might be four years old. The sparty has lost six out of the last ten and 67 out of 99. &quot;...year in and year out..' - that's pathetic !


Wed, Dec 14, 2011 : 9:17 p.m.

They can show all of MSU's penalties up close and personal !

Billy Bob Schwartz

Thu, Dec 15, 2011 : 12:07 a.m.

Probably a standing 0 for Denard's near decapitation.


Wed, Dec 14, 2011 : 10:36 p.m.

Good point.


Wed, Dec 14, 2011 : 9:08 p.m.

I'm sure their new scoreboards will be burnt in some sort of riot, anyways.


Wed, Dec 14, 2011 : 9:02 p.m.

One-ups-man-ship isn't new to academia. Back in the 1870s, former Gov. Washburn of Wisconsin donated funds to build an observatory for the University of Wisconsin, but it had to have a bigger telescope than Harvard's - at the time the biggest in North America. UW's telescope was made 1/2 inch bigger. I don't think any school will try to outsize the Big House itself, however - for a while at least.

Homeland Conspiracy

Wed, Dec 14, 2011 : 9 p.m.

How many ppl could $8 million dollars feed? Oh well Let Them Eat Cake!


Wed, Dec 14, 2011 : 8:59 p.m.

I think the funniest irony is that neither The State News (MSU's paper) nor the Lansing State Journal...have this story anywhere near their front page. Good going at going for the lowest common denominator, AAdotcom. When you need some page views, post a MSU rivalry every time.


Thu, Dec 15, 2011 : 4:09 p.m.

Actually I read the story about upgrades to the football scoreboard months ago, around the same time they upgraded the Breslin center. is late

Terry Star21

Wed, Dec 14, 2011 : 9:40 p.m.

Agree somewhat. Posting the stories about the 'devil' sure draws attention !


Wed, Dec 14, 2011 : 9:38 p.m.

It's actually pretty pathetic for a quoteuquote &quot;news source&quot; to constantly use these tactics. 1-2 years left on the lifespan of AAdotcom, tops.


Wed, Dec 14, 2011 : 9:11 p.m.

@ futuremi- It worked on you, hard to argue with that.


Wed, Dec 14, 2011 : 9:06 p.m.

Completely agree. If you go to right now, this is their &quot;lead&quot; story. How ridiculously sad that they cannot find anything else newsworthy going on. loves to do this just to get a rise knowing they can get 50 yahoos to write in a bunch of anti-MSU comments just by mentioning MSU in the headline. Great journalism.


Wed, Dec 14, 2011 : 9:03 p.m.

edit: create a rivalry story, that is. It's obvious from Ianni's comments that the AAdotcom writer was digging for some juicy quotes to fabricate a false competition. &quot;Ianni was adamant that the upgrade is not in response to U-M, specifically. &quot;The only place we have a rivalry with Michigan is on the field,&quot; he said. &quot; Why the false sensationalist headline and lead-in, Kellie? Looking to drum up some comments and views for a non-controversy?


Wed, Dec 14, 2011 : 8:45 p.m.

Instead of showing the recruits this and that, they (all universities) should show the humility and the importance of helping out the poor and hungry. As for the little brothers, their scoreboard will flash their first and only message forever, &quot;We are the Walmartan Spartans aka little brothers&quot;


Thu, Dec 15, 2011 : 4 p.m.

To the totally confused and hapless little bro (msu-1), Try mouthing the words, &quot;Walmartan Spartans&quot; and observe your next door neighbor, Walmart, where your fellow little brothers are busily jostling and throwing Gholston facemasks to each other there and you will realize it is a perfect match


Wed, Dec 14, 2011 : 8:51 p.m.

Walmart Spartans, this boy is confused, you mean Walmart wolverines it just sounds right...

Bob W

Wed, Dec 14, 2011 : 8:42 p.m.

If this is really important to the University and staff, alumni, etc., how sad!


Wed, Dec 14, 2011 : 8:41 p.m.

My little brother always wanted to do everything I did.


Thu, Dec 15, 2011 : 5:16 p.m.

oh yeah, remember theta really nice luxury suit and new press box? Happened after state put theirs in . . .


Thu, Dec 15, 2011 : 5:15 p.m.

get over U of M must have done it first philosophy, its not correct because you hope it is


Thu, Dec 15, 2011 : 5:15 p.m.

remember who played music over a stereo system, who had screens before anyone else?

Billy Bob Schwartz

Thu, Dec 15, 2011 : 2:37 a.m.

Yeah, MSU, but what about the dark green? Is that permanent, or will real stater green be back?


Thu, Dec 15, 2011 : 12:49 a.m.

well i guess the sale on them tank tops at walmart is over-all the um fans are here...

Billy Bob Schwartz

Wed, Dec 14, 2011 : 11:57 p.m.

Yeah, m-shoe11, I noticed those uniforms. Ugly, ugly, ugggggggly. At least Oregon changes their uglies around a bunch to provide variety, and puts a bright letter on the helmet. Those uniforms you guys wore were just mud-green ugly. This brings me to a question I keep asking and not getting an answer for. And this is a serious question, okay? What is with the near-black hint-of-dark-green MSU uniforms these days? I remember when my brother went to State, the green was really green. Why is it now that they look almost black? Any clue?

Terry Star21

Wed, Dec 14, 2011 : 9:42 p.m.

Smiley - and I'll bet he failed six out of the last ten and 67 out of the last 99 too. My little brother is the same, he's always green with envy over me !


Wed, Dec 14, 2011 : 8:47 p.m.

yea.. remember the um-MSU 2011 game. MSU announced months ahead about their combat uniforms, but what do you know here comes um with their special uniforms--how pathetic--but no wait here is funny part- they ended up getting their buts kicked anyways hahahhahhhhaaa.


Wed, Dec 14, 2011 : 8:35 p.m.

sparty should leapfrog the big house and wind up with forty thousand empty seats every week. just huge sections with tarps over them like in kansas city. our tarps are bigger than your tarps.


Wed, Dec 14, 2011 : 8:30 p.m.

Oh my heavenly days ... who cares? To paraphrase the movie &quot;Dr. Stragelove&quot; -- &quot;What we have is a scoreboard gap!&quot; By the way ... earlier someone posted a comment about the University of Arizona's scoreboards being from the 1990's. I don't think that's true. They recently completed work on new scoreboards at the stadium. A good chunk of 6th Street (which runs just south of the stadium) was closed so they could put in the massive footers. I know this because that route is the way to get to Grimaldi's, which is some darn good pizza-eatin' here in Tucson. :-)


Thu, Dec 15, 2011 : 2:28 a.m.

D*mn Don I about sprayed coffee on my keyboard! &quot;scoreboard gap&quot;! Hysterical!


Wed, Dec 14, 2011 : 8:44 p.m.

I'll ask next time I'm there. ; ) Closest to you seems to be NYC: <a href="" rel='nofollow'></a>

Billy Bob Schwartz

Wed, Dec 14, 2011 : 8:39 p.m.

Do they deliver in Ann Arbor?


Wed, Dec 14, 2011 : 8:29 p.m.

Why does this article insinuate that because UM got a new scoreboard that MSU is getting one? Why is this article even on Who cares that MSU is getting a bigger scoreboard? Its nice and all, but doesn't have anything to do with Ann Arbor, UM or Washtenaw county. All the talk in the comments about Spartan Stadium being dumpy......were any of you at Crisler area in the past 20 years and comparing to the Breslin Center at MSU, especially prior to the renovations the last 2 years? C'mon everything MSU does isn't to copy UM. Can't we have two successful football and basketball programs in the state without a bunch of whining out of AA in the comments every time that MSU is mentioned in an article?

Billy Bob Schwartz

Wed, Dec 14, 2011 : 8:37 p.m.

We just like to keep track of what's going on with the smaller siblings, y'know.


Wed, Dec 14, 2011 : 8:34 p.m.

Crisler was crappy, that's why they renovated the whole thing. MSU putting up those scoreboards is like driving around in an Escalade, while living in subsidized housing.


Wed, Dec 14, 2011 : 8:28 p.m.

28-14 boys-good luck next year!!! Talking about insecurity--look at all of these comments--um fan.


Thu, Dec 15, 2011 : 2:51 p.m.

MSU -1: Sure MSU won the last four games. They should feel good to have won in 2011. They should feel only vaguely competent about winning the three prior, as Rich Rod was an incompetent coach who fielded an embarassment of a team that every team should have rightfully beat. Enjoy the four in a row, because that's not going ot happen again any time soon.


Thu, Dec 15, 2011 : 2:26 a.m.

You won 4 far and square. I wouldn't count on 5. See you in A2 in 2012, honestly I'm looking forward to it

Terry Star21

Wed, Dec 14, 2011 : 9:44 p.m.

You can upgrade a trash can, but it's still (sparty stadium) a trash can.


Wed, Dec 14, 2011 : 9:26 p.m.

trolling michigan boards huh? No matter what you do, Sparty, it will always be in response to your insecurities towards michigan.


Wed, Dec 14, 2011 : 8:42 p.m.

the only people bragging here are um fans..

Billy Bob Schwartz

Wed, Dec 14, 2011 : 8:36 p.m.

Who's insecure? Somebody (guess who, Sparty) is trying to outdo Michigan by buying a bigger TV set. If a guy next door brags that his TV is bigger than mine, well....


Wed, Dec 14, 2011 : 8:26 p.m.

They might want to rethink these big boards. If they put them in, everyone in the stadium will be able to see that their opponent scored BEFORE time expired. And no one will be able to miss the MSU student athletes stomping and gouging after the whistle blows. If they have extra money they might want to replace the crappy aluminum add on seats at the top of the stadium. They always feel like they are about to fall off.


Wed, Dec 14, 2011 : 8:22 p.m.

Our stadium is still bigger than your stadium...


Wed, Dec 14, 2011 : 9:22 p.m.

What really matters is who has the bigger point total at the end of the game. Scoreboard!


Wed, Dec 14, 2011 : 8:19 p.m.

good for them their scoreboards and sound system are a complete joke. while they are at it maybe they can fix some of the broken concrete in and around that dump of a stadium. good luck paying for it when you don't even sell out your games funny that he says they want to &quot;leapfrog the guy who went before them&quot; (MICHIGAN) and go bigger. but they are not doing it in response to what UM did.


Wed, Dec 14, 2011 : 8:18 p.m.

my tvs bigger than yours is.

Billy Bob Schwartz

Wed, Dec 14, 2011 : 8:14 p.m.

So when the new boards are up, do they plan to leapfrog the Big House????


Wed, Dec 14, 2011 : 8:13 p.m.

And next year, after Michigan beats State on the field, the MSU AD will install personalized screens in EVERY SEAT of the stadium, that will show a continuous reel of highlights from the Cousins era and a sneering Dantonio, each larger than the Macbook screens that most UM students are seen carrying.....


Thu, Dec 15, 2011 : 3:22 p.m.

you cant count 02-07 because we had bad coaches...oh wait thats what you guys say about rich rod. while you bring up dominance why don't you go look at where the first 50 or so games between the two teams were played.


Thu, Dec 15, 2011 : 1:07 a.m.

4 in a row...... Number of sellouts that MSU can conjure up. Number of letters in the largest word MSU seniors can spell Number of personal foul penalties that MSU had in the first half of UM-MSU game this year..... 2 less than the UM streak against MSU 2002-2007.


Wed, Dec 14, 2011 : 10:03 p.m.

4 in a row


Wed, Dec 14, 2011 : 8:08 p.m.

The point of going to a game should be watching the actual game, not watching TV. A bigger screen doesn't mean better, the prime example being that monstrosity in Dallas.


Wed, Dec 14, 2011 : 9:12 p.m.

bluemax I agree - the video screens can be very useful. I went to the Big Ten title game and had second row seats on the side of an end zone. The view was amazing for plays at my end of the field but I often watched the screen for plays on the other end. I just think there's a point where a screen can get too big and dominate a stadium.


Wed, Dec 14, 2011 : 8:22 p.m.

the new screens in the Big House do add a lot to the game. especially if you are sitting lower you can tell what is going on a lot better so watching the TV at the game is not a bad thing.


Wed, Dec 14, 2011 : 8:05 p.m.

Hahahahahahahahahahah. I've been there, and that scoreboard will be worth more than the rest of their high school-level stadium combined. Even winning can't cure little brother's insecurity. When I say high school-level stadium, I should exclude the state of Texas, as some of their venues are nicer than Spartan Stadium, no joke.

Jimmy McNulty

Thu, Dec 15, 2011 : 1:44 p.m.

Aaah, all of the haters come out. Spartan Stadium is a much better venue to see a football game than the big house. It's all about the pitch of the seats, and the superior view you get in E. Lansing while watching a game. Like your spouse says, size isn't everything.


Thu, Dec 15, 2011 : 12:44 p.m.

Well when we had a coach coaching at a middle school level...


Thu, Dec 15, 2011 : 5:36 a.m.

So I suppose it would be pretty embarrassing to lose to a school whose football stadium is &quot;high school-level&quot; for four years in a row, yes?


Wed, Dec 14, 2011 : 10:03 p.m.

kinda like the 1/2 seats at michigan?


Wed, Dec 14, 2011 : 8:23 p.m.

I have bene to several of the Big Ten stadiums and even Indiana's is nicer than sparty stadium.