Watching an athlete succeed is supremely satisfying, though curiously, so is watching a dam fail. Feel the rush with this GrouponLive deal.
- $8 for two tickets to see the Michigan State University women's volleyball team take on the University of Minnesota (a $16 value)
- When: Saturday, November 23, at 6:30 p.m.
- Where: Jenison Field House
- Seating: general admission
- Door time: 6 p.m.
- Ticket values include all fees.
The Scouting Report
Led by three-time All-American Lauren Wicinski, the MSU women's volleyball team charges into a home-court showdown against Big-10 rival Minnesota on November 23. The Golden Gophers are ranked #15 in the NCAA, though they sit just two games ahead of the Spartans in the Big-10 standings, giving MSU a prime opportunity to rise through the ranks without having to interview for the position. Though Minnesota topped the Spartans in a match that went to five sets on the road last month, MSU's 10–3 home record bodes well for this match-up.
Michigan State University Spartans
For years, Jenison Field House served as the home of the Michigan State Spartans basketball. On its wood playing surface, the 1979 men's team paved the way to the school's first NCAA hoops championship, 10 years before the Breslin Center—a 14,759-seat arena named after Jack Breslin, a lifelong MSU athlete, administrator, and advocate—cemented the Spartans' place among the athletic elite. Among MSU's many national champions, the cross-country team won five titles in the 1950s alone, running swiftly along the smooth paved tracks of Eisenhower's new interstates. During big games, the animated avatar of vinyl and fiberglass known as Sparty amps up crowds decked out in the MSU colors of green and white. Just as the real Sparta had to change its name from "Athens" in 200 BC, the school's nickname has its own history: when the Michigan Agriculture College became Michigan State in 1925, the now-antiquated Aggies held a contest to choose a new name. They chose the "Staters"—a tuneless moniker quickly vetoed by a local sportswriter, who preferred an overlooked alternative, "Spartans," and began using it in his stories. It stuck.