Mark Dantonio (PHOTO:  MSU SID)
Mark Dantonio (PHOTO: MSU SID)

EAST LANSING, Mich. – Michigan State football fans of all ages are invited to attend the 16th annual “Meet the Spartans,” presented by Pepsi and Sparrow Health System, on Tuesday, Aug. 21 from 5-8 p.m. in Spartan Stadium. Twelfth-year Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio and members of the 2018 football team will be available for autographs on the concourse inside the stadium.

Parking is free (Ramps 5 and 7; Lots 79, 62W, 63W, 39 and 83), with the lots opening at 3 p.m. The stadium gates (B, C, J, K) open at 5 p.m. and admission is free.

The format is similar to last year, as offensive players will be available for autographs from approximately 5:30-6:30 p.m. and defensive players from approximately 6:30-7:30 p.m. Dantonio will be available for autographs from 6:30-7:30 p.m. on the north end of the stadium in the engagement center (between Gates J and K). Autograph stations will be positioned on the east, west and north concourses inside Spartan Stadium.

Due to time constraints, fans are limited to one autographed item per person, and requests for photos with players and/or Coach Dantonio cannot be accommodated.

Free 2018 schedule posters will be available throughout the concourse. Fans also will have the chance to visit the playing field; take photos wearing a Spartan helmet, shoulder pads and jersey; and tour the press box. Preseason Spartan football magazines will be on sale throughout the stadium for $1.

The MSU cheerleaders and dance team will be performing on the field throughout the event. Children also will have the opportunity to meet Sparty and pose for photos with the popular mascot on the field. The Spartan Sideline Shop, presented by Nike and The Spartan Bookstore, will be open for merchandise and apparel sales.

Fans will also will have an opportunity to purchase $1 menu items for sampling at the Eat at State food truck on the southwest apron and also at the south concession stands, including hot dogs, popcorn, nachos, smokestack sliders, street tacos, churros, bottled water, 22 oz. fountain drinks, cotton candy and sno-cones.

There will be a medical needs area for those in attendance at Gate C.

Fans are encouraged to use the hashtag #MeetTheSpartans during the event while using social media outlets, including MSU's official athletics Twitter account (@MSU_Athletics) and football account (@MSU_Football). Fans can also follow on Facebook (MSUAthletics) and Instagram (MSU_Football).

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